Charles R. “Feed” Ford, 90, Graystone Manor, Altoona, was with the Lord Tuesday after battling Parkinson’s and pneumonia.
Chuck was born in Greensburg to the late William J. and Luella (Kalp) Ford. He married the love of his life, Catherine “Ann” Holbert on June 26, 1959 and she preceded him in death on April 20, 2016.
He is survived by his son Mark W. (Cathy) Ford from Altoona; Daughters, Lisa A. (Kevin) Copenhaver of Greencastle, Pennsylvania and Wendy L. (Ross) Kallen of San Diego, California; seven grandchildren: Erin, Mason and Madison Ford, Matthew Copenhaver, Emily (Mark) Sainz, Nate and Julia Kallen; two great-grandchildren, Colin and Cassidy; and his brother William C. (Dorothy) Ford of Kensington, Md.
Chuck graduated from Taylor Alderdice High School in 1948. He moved to Altoona in 1959, opened the Fishers Department Store and ran it for 31 years. In 1992 he retired. Chuck was a pillar of the business world and proud to know all of his customers. After his retirement, Chuck worked as a greeter for The Stevens Mortuary.
Before Chuck moved to Altoona, he played baseball and basketball and won the National Foul Shooting Championship. Chuck qualified for the Pittsburgh Pirates with a batting average of .469. In 1949 he played professional basketball for the Johnstown Johnnies and in 1953 attended training camp with Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He enjoyed playing golf with friends, playing cards at the Park Hills Country Club, hunting, bowling and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.
He was a member of the Logan Valley Presbyterian Church in Bellwood.
Chuck was an avid joke teller and loved being around people and making them laugh. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends.
Services are held at the discretion of the family. The funeral will take place in the Alto-Reste Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that commemorative donations be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, PO Box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306, or online at apdaparkinson.org
The arrangements are provided by The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 8th Ave., Altoona.
Condolences can be made at www.stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com or Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook.