LOUIS FORD

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Sunrise - December 26, 1928 - Sunset - January 8, 2013 BURBANK, CA On January 8, 2013, the world lost one of its finest southern gentlemen. Louis Ford, loving husband and father, has whistled his way through Heaven's Pearly Gates. Born in Lancaster, Kentucky, to Patsy Kinnard and Elizah Evans Ford, Louis was the youngest brother of Jim and Bascom. He received his Bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Kentucky and was a member of SAE, proudly wearing his fraternity ring at all times. The Army welcomed Louis, but he grew tired of parking jeeps so back to Kentucky he went to complete his Master's of Science in Geology and soon began working at Texaco. In 1957, Louis met Gayle Carleen Wolff and proposed after dating only three weeks. They were happily married within three months. After 55 years of marriage, these lovebirds still held hands and had an adoration for each other that most will never know. Daddy was rapidly promoted at Texaco and transferred to a new city each time. He was outnumbered at home by this time, having three young girls to raise. A strong prompt by Mother was the catalyst that helped them plant roots in Oklahoma City. Daddy began working at Walter Duncan, where he was eventually promoted to Chief Geologist. He spent many years at Duncan and made lifelong friends there on the top floor at 100 Park Avenue. In the 1980s, Daddy opened his own company, Ford Exploration, in Edmond. He had logs, oil deals, and cigar ashes everywhere. It was his man cave, and he worked daily until he and Mother moved to Burbank, CA in 2010. Daddy was a true man's man and highly competitive. He loved to fish and loved even more to pull in the BIGGEST trout or salmon. He was an avid hunter and steady (or lucky) enough to pop two turkeys with one shot (through the neck!). He loved playing tennis, working out at Pacer, harvesting pecans, Vanessie's in Santa Fe, summers in Colorado, chili "re-lay-nos," and ice cream. He loved to tap dance in the kitchen. He would pick on a banjo, ukulele, or piano, poorly and out of tune, but happily. He loved movies, particularly comedies, dogs, reading comics, jazz, and making money. Daddy was co-founder of the OKC Geological Foundation, starting this mission with $200. It now supports educational activities with a $1.1 million budget. As such, he was named a Legend of OKC by the Geological Society in November 2012. Besides his involvement with AAPG and SIPES, Daddy was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and loved his Sunday school class and friendships there. Louis is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gayle; his three daughters and sons-in-law: Melissa Ford and Jeff Hulett, of Encinitas, CA; Penny and David Adams, of Sierra Madre, CA; and Wendy and Mike Mackey, of Austin, TX. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Skylar Mackey and Andrew Adams and wife Dianne; as well as his great-grandchildren, Emerson and Annabel Adams. He will be remembered by many, many other friends and relatives. The service will be held on January 19, 2013, at Ramsey Funeral Home in Lancaster, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oklahoma Geological Foundation at www.okcgeofoundation.org or the at www.alz.org

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 13, 2013
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