OBITUARY

Gregory Durwood Ford

January 6, 1940October 15, 2020

Gregory Durwood Ford of O’Fallon, MO, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on October 15, 2020. Born on January 6, 1940, Greg grew up in Macon County, MO, and graduated from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University). Greg was known as “Coach Ford” to the many students he taught and coached in the Pattonville School District for 32 years.

Greg was a sweet, humble, loyal and gentle man who lived his life with great faith. He was devoted to his family and spending time with them was his favorite activity. He enjoyed reading his Bible and singing in church and he also loved golfing, fishing, watching Cardinal games, and attending the annual Ford family reunions. He was known for his genuine kindness to everyone, and everyone who knew him, loved him. He will be greatly missed by so many.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Coe Ford; his brother, Jay Ford; sister-in-law, Georgia Mae Ford; and brother-in-law, Dwaine Werts. He is survived by his wife, Pam; children, Paul and Chris Ford of St. Louis, MO, Bill Carter (Lisa) of New Hope, PA, and Beth Pruett (Matt) of O’Fallon, MO; and grandchildren, Cyrus and Sky Carter, Brayden and Brooklyn Pruett. He is also survived by brother, David Ford (Marilyn); sister, Elaine Werts; sister-in-law, Nancy Ford; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held in Macon County at a later date. The family would enjoy your memories of Greg online at www.alexanderstlouis.com.

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RUBY ROSE

October 26, 2020

I WORKED WITH GREG FOR THIRTY PLUS YEARS. HE WAS A WONDERFUL INDIVIDUAL, A GREAT FRIEND AND CO-WORKER. WE SHARED MANY OF THE SAME THINGS, OUR FAITH, OUR EDUCATION, OUR LOVE OF THE CARDINALS AMD OUR LOVE OF TEACHING. I SHALL NEVER FORGET ALL THE YEARS WE SPENT TOGETHER TEACHING AND BEING FRIENDS. I KNOW HE IS NOW WITH OUR LORD AND WATCHING OVER ALL OF US.

Gail Schutte

October 26, 2020

I started teaching with Greg in 1969..which was my first year of teaching. At that time the girls and boys classes in Physical Education were separate but we always made time to touch base with each other and most importantly..learn from each other. I was fortunate to work directly with Greg, Bob Kitson and Dennis Rudanovich in the later years coaching the Girls and Boys Track and Field team..and it was a joy. Greg was so kind, always a smile, encouraging his students to do their best . Above all, he was a wonderful man, strong in his faith. I know that he had health issues in his later life but he always seemed to persevere and rally on. I will miss him ..he was my mentor, my colleague and my friend. My sympathies go out to his family . May God Bless all of you at this difficult time and give you peace.

Russ Dorn

October 26, 2020

To the Ford family,

You have my deepest sympathies.

I first met Coach Ford when I went to Bridgeway Elementary in the 60's as he was my Gym Teacher for several of those years. I was big into sports and he helped shape and motivate me in those early years.

He then followed me to Pattonville Heights where he continued as one my coaches in several sports.

Again he followed me to Pattonville High School and continued to mentor me as a coach and educator.

I played on many teams in different sports over the years and Coach Ford was without a doubt the finest coach and one of the finest people I ever met. To this day when I talk to other Pattonville Alumni I will bring up Coach Ford's name and they all agree he was one of the finest.

Off all the educators I've had in my life, I sill consider him the best. I miss you Coach Ford.

Russ Dorn

Jane Cartwright

October 25, 2020

To Pam and Sons -

Greg was a favorite colleague of mine. He was always pleasant, friendly and a wonderful Christian. I have many fond memories of working with him.

Remembering your family in prayer,
Jane Cartwright

Lois Bragg

October 25, 2020

I didn't get a chance to get to know Greg but knew his awesome brother Jay Lee who I had the pleasure of spending many wonderful memories. Prayers to the entire family.

Larry Rhoads

October 25, 2020

In gratitude I thank God for the many memories of a devout and holy friend "thru the years". And to the family, may his unconditional love for each one of you inspire a gentle boldness to know, to love and to serve The Lord.

Shadow Family

October 25, 2020

He taught us to be calm in all situations. He will be remembered as caring human being who touched everyone he coached, taught or came in contact with. One of our favorites.

Neil Wirts

October 25, 2020

My condolences to the Ford family. I taught with Greg at the Pattonville Heights. He was a wonderful caring teacher.

Cheryl Apel

October 25, 2020

Greg was always super friendly and nice to students, staff and parents. He always greeted me with a smile that was warm and said that he was glad to see me. I know you have lots of wonderful memories! My deepest sympathies to his family.

John Pohl

October 25, 2020

Pam and Family, We were deeply saddened to hear of Greg's death. The obituary in the SLPD did a wonderful job of summarizing the character of Greg. Having worked with him at Pattonville Heights and having known his sons at Holman, Greg was indeed a gentle soul with a great family. I will always remember his great smile - he was such a gentleman. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts. Deepest sympathy, John and Judy Pohl

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