January 26, 1926 - September 2, 2021
Creed Lamar Ford, Jr. passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, September 2, 2021. Creed was born on January 26, 1926 in Houston, Texas to parents, Lydia Capdeville and Creed L. Ford. Upon graduation from Jeff Davis High School, Creed Jr proudly served our country in World War II as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corp. After the war, he traded his Army uniform for an Aggie uniform and marched to the orders of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. He graduated from his beloved alma-mater in 1949. Gig ‘Em! The following year, he married his college-sweetheart, Jane Freitag and began what would become a lucrative career in the Life Insurance Industry. From Hartford to Philadelphia, Creed and Jane eventually found their way back to Home-sweet-home, Dallas, Texas where they raised their five children.
As a lifelong Catholic, Creed understood the importance of serving others and always had a strong sense of community. He and Jane pioneered the Lake Highlands area and were founding members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He graduated from Boy Scout to Scout Master, which inspired him to become the Founder and Director of the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce Golf Classic. The 28 year tradition continues its mission today by supporting and sending hundreds of boys and girls to a Christian Summer Camp, who otherwise couldn’t attend.
In 2015 Creed became the first resident at the newly built Traditions Senior Living, where he soon met the second love of his life, Sande Wilkinson. Shortly after they were married. They were very active and shared many close friendships at the Traditions.
Creed is preceded in death by Jane, his wife of sixty-five years as well as his son, Creed Lamar Ford III and his brother, Gene L. Ford.
Creed is survived by his wife of four years, Sandra Wilkinson Ford.
He is also survived by his children: daughter, Karen (Bill) Cook, son, Randal (Denise) Ford, son, Terry (Julie) Ford, daughter Nancy Mulligan and daughter-in-law, Lynn Ford, grandchildren, Bill Cook, Jr., Elizabeth Cook, Kevin (Allison) Cook, Harper (Peter) Rehme, Creed (Cassie) Ford IV, Randal (Lauren) Ford, Jr., Emily (Blake) Susman, Bryce (Kristy) Ford, Payne Ford, Ford Mulligan, Gwen Mulligan, Brennan Mulligan and nine great-grandchildren, as well as many, many friends.
A Funeral Mass will be held for Creed 11am, Wednesday September 15 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Interment to follow at 1:15pm , Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers he requested that donations made to the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce Golf Classic.
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