Lowell P. Ford

June 23, 2016

Lowell P. Ford 85 of Frankfort, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.   He was born December 24, 1930 in Frankfort, IN to Lowell A. & Florence A. (Smith) Ford.  Lowell married Marca Batts on June 5, 1952 in Lebanon, IN and she survives.  Mr. Ford worked for the Norfolk and Western Railroad from 1956-1990 and was a lifelong Frankfort resident.  A 1948 graduate of Jackson Township High School, Lowell served his country in the US Air Force from January 1951 to January 1955.  He drove a school bus for Head Start for 25 years and was Frankfort’s Santa Claus from 1994-2011.  He was an active member and Elder of Faith Family Church and enjoyed reading about and sharing his faith in The Lord.

Visitation and Services

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 at Faith Family Church in Frankfort. Friends may visit from Noon-2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Faith Family Church or Area IV Agency.

Survived by:

Wife: Marca Ford of Frankfort, 2 Daughters: Debra Wilson of Dayton, IN Paula (Husband-Chris) Fausett of Rossville, 1 Son: Don (Wife-Debbie) Ford of Frankfort, 2 Sisters: Aldine Dittemore of Mechanicsburg, Marlene Graham of Lebanon, 2 Granddaughters: Maggie (Husband-Dustin) Morgan of Arizona, Bethany (Husband-Phillipe) Sallade of Rossville, 2 Grandsons: Ross (Wife-Chasstity) Ford-Frankfort, Luke (Wife-Jenna) Fausett of Frankfort. Great Grandchildren: Quentin Cook, Gillian Cook, Devin Kingma, Eli Sallade, Aurora Sallade, and Baby Beckett Ford due in August.

Preceded by:

Preceded in death by his parents, 3 Grandsons, Brandon Cook, Wesley Kingma & Josh Kingma and a brother, James Floyd Ford.


Leave your Condolences

20 Condolences for “Lowell P. Ford”

  1. Jerry and Cindy Kelly June 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    So sorry for your loss he will be missed! So sorry Jerry and I can not be there but your family will be in our prayers!

  2. Cindy Ford June 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. I will miss seeing his smiling face and the stories of old. I still consider him my uncle. Love to all.

  3. Marty Frye June 24, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Debra I am so sorry for your loss, your Dad was a wonderful man and a great Santa Claus. You and your Family are in my thoughts and Prayers

  4. Chris and Darcy June 24, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear about Uncle Pharon. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you.

  5. Erilda ‘& Ron Coleman June 25, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Dear Family,
    So sorry for your loss. He was a genuine man of God. Know you will miss him deeply. Sending prayers for peace and comfort. Lowell touched many lives and left a lasting witness. God Bless – Ron & Erilda – Foley, AL

  6. Eric L. Mundell June 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

    To Don, Debbie and families–
    Thinking very much of you at this time. It is so difficult, though I hope all of the great memories and love will uplift you and
    support you through this time. Seems all too familiar. I just lost my father recently, and until now, I didn’t know how much he and
    Lowell had in common: both grew up and educated in Jackson Township School, both were in the military, and each worked for
    N&W for many years. Your father offered so much to the community, and I know he will be missed. Take care, and know that others
    around you are holding you close in their thoughts.

  7. Debra Ford Wilson June 25, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Dad i miss you so very much already. You helped me through many dark times in my life with your faith in God, your wisdom and love. No day will ever be the same without you. You were the best Father any child could hope for. And I thanked God everyday for you. I promised you we three would look after Mom and try to make whatever time God has for the best it can be without you. I will miss you everyday the rest of my life until I can see you again.

    Much love,
    Your “eldest child”

  8. Joyce Hicks June 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    So sorry for your loss Deb. Your Dad, my Santa Claus is a man I will never forget. He became my friend back in the 90’s, when he drove a bus for Area IV’s Head Start. He would stop by my office and visit, with so many stories to tell. He would talk about his rail road days, he would grow his hair and beard long for his Santa season. Pure white hair, none of that fake stuff for him. He was and is the best. I loved your daddy very much, he and I have a friendship that will never end. His Spirit is with all of us and now that you and I are working together in the same office space him and I used to visit in, I’m sure he will be visiting us often.

    I didn’t pray you out of Heaven, Lowell, your resting in Paradise now.
    Your time with us is over, we will miss you very much.
    Get a little rest now Lowell, It’s time for your new job.
    Love always, Joyce

  9. Barb Fausett June 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Dear Ones, We will miss Lowell and send our love and prayers out to the family. What a great loss to you and our church and community.
    I never noticed how very much Luke resembles his grandfather Lowell. He is a carbon copy of the military photo, and has the same
    beautiful spirit that his grandfather had. So we know Lowell will live on in Luke and in our hearts. God comfort you. Aunt Barb & Uncle Wayne.

  10. Tom Rich June 25, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Don you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, if you need anything let us know, thought the world of your dad!!!

  11. Emma Walters-Downey June 25, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Paula, my most sincere sympathies to you and your family. May God comfort and sustain you in your time of grief.

  12. Heather Gerrard June 26, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I wish I could be there to give my condolences in person. Lowell was such a wonderful man. He always made my day brighter when I would see him on the bus for Head Start. I am so blessed to have known him. Deb- I’m sorry for your loss. Rejoice in Heaven, Lowell!

  13. Brenda Skiles June 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Ron and I are so sorry for your loss! But so happy for Lowell, being with his Lord and Savior! We know he longed to hear the words “well done good and faithful servant”. He was a great man of God, and he will be missed by so many.

  14. Garry and Brenda Fisher June 26, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Marca, Debra, Paula, and Don

    Brenda and I are very sorry about your loss, I know Lowell was a great man, and we both love him a lot. We know you will miss him, but just remember he is up there with the LORD, and have a great time. We will put you in our prays, and placed your family on our pray chain at
    church this morning.

  15. Vicki & Joe Vogel June 27, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  16. Doris Jackson June 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Dear Ford Family,
    We am so very sorry for your loss. Your father, grandfather, and father-in-law was a good man. Our prayers are with each of you as you say your final “I love you” today.

    Mike and Doris Jackson

  17. Rich Henson June 27, 2016 at 8:59 am

    My sympathy to the family of Lowell, but a celebration to KNOW that he is in heaven. A warrior for the Lord’s great work. I will miss his wisdom, joy, and kindness. I would see the special joy he had when he could help someone walk closer with Jesus. Maybe some day I could be just like him.

  18. Cindy Weida Reeder June 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Paula and your family.
    I was sorry to see your dad had passed. He was kind and patient when dealing with children, he was the best Santa ever. You and all of your family will be in my prayers and may God give you peace and comfort at this difficult time.
    Cindy Reeder

  19. Mike & Patty Deford June 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Enjoyed talking with Lowell, walking down memory lane, while he visited Wesley Manor. My heart goes out to Marca and children, grandchildren, he loved all of you very much. Now he’s at peace, hope you can find peace.

  20. Denny Hollis June 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Ford Family: I’m sure you don’t remember me, but your Dad an Mom were neighbors in Frankfort, and like a second set of parents. Remained our friendship till I moved away. Deb you were little, and Don just a baby..they both meant so much to me. Condolences to all your your family

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