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Tom Ford Obituary

PEORIA - Tom N. "Tommy" Ford, 58, of Peoria Ill., passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

Tom is survived by his wife, Christine of Peoria; two daughters, Allison (Jacob) Turner of Peoria and Ashley Elise (Benjamin) Lebron of Savoy, Ill.; one granddaughter, Autumn Grace Turner of Peoria; his parents, Frank "Henry" and Twila Ford of Peoria; and one sister, Frances (Michael) Shockley of Peoria.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Samuel Lee and Leah Dolora Ford of Baldwin, Kan., Everett Headley of Oildale, Calif., and Dora and Perry Mayfield of Castle Rock, Wash.; an uncle, John M. Headley of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and a mother-in-law, Mildred Hoggard of Peoria.

Born Jan. 23, 1956, in Ottawa, Kan., to Frank and Twila Ford, Tom married Christine Hoggard on July 26, 1980, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

Tom attended Monroe Grade School, where he played on the 1970 championship basketball team. He went on to graduate from Limestone High School in 1974 and the University of Illinois in 1978 with a degree in finance.

Following graduation, Tom worked in several sales positions, including a job selling computers and banking machines for Burroughs Inc. in Peoria. In 1982, Tom found his calling at E.F. Hutton, where he began training to be an investment advisor. He continued his career through many buyouts and name changes until, at Smith Barney, in 2008, he took on a partner to create the Ford Jones Group.

During his time with Smith Barney, Tom held the titles of sales manager and, later, assistant branch manager. After 30 years of business, Tom moved the Ford Jones Group to Raymond James, where he accepted the role of branch manager in their Peoria office. In January of 2013, he added his son-in-law, Jacob Turner, into their training program. Tom loved working as an investment advisor for 32 years and formed many lasting friendships with both colleagues and clients.

Tom was a long-time member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where he enjoyed participating in Monday and Thursday night basketball.

An avid athlete, Tom loved staying active by water skiing, snow skiing, playing tennis, golf, and shooting pool. However, nothing surpassed his life-long love for basketball.

Over the years, Tom participated in many boards and charities. He completed the St. Jude Run from Memphis to Peoria numerous times, always managing to be assigned to a camper without functioning air-conditioning.

He supported his children in all their endeavors and took great pride in their accomplishments. He was a loving son and brother, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He cherished his newest role of Grandpa and embraced his nickname of "Baby Hog" with pride.

Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service is being planned for Sept. 12, 2014, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8607 N. State Route 91, Peoria, Ill. Visitation with the family will begin at 3 p.m. in the atrium, with services beginning at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please come and celebrate Tom's life with his family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Illinois CancerCare, Richard L. Owens Hospice House or Grace Presbyterian Church.

Published in Peoria Journal Star from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2014
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