L. Whitey Ford, 80, of Coralville, died peacefully Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at home surrounded by his family.
Memorial services celebrating his life were held July 8 at Lensing’s Oak Hill, with Rev. Maurie Campbell officiating. Inurnment was at the Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Iowa City Elks Club General Fund.
Whitey was born April 11, 1931, in Fairmount, N.C., the son of Bracy and Jane Ford. He attended Campbell College and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In the Army he played on the U.S. Army Special Services Baseball Team. Whitey was drafted by the Chicago Cubs organization to play in their farm system. While playing baseball in Burlington, he met and married Barbara Vogelsang on June 23, 1956.
Whitey had been employed by Campbell Chain Company, where he was territorial manager.
Whitey is survived locally by his children, Kristy (Keith) Lux of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Michael (Lisa) Ford of North Liberty; four grandchildren, Ashley, Michael, Amanda and Tate. Whitey was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Linda.