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Thomas H. Ford, Jr. | 81

November 28, 1942 - April 1, 2024

Thomas H. Ford, Jr., 81, of Irene Lane, New Tazewell, TN (formally of Kersey, PA), died peacefully at his daughter’s residence in Tennessee on April 1, 2024, after a brief illness.

Tom was born November 28, 1942, in Ridgway, PA, son of the late Thomas Ford, Sr. and Flora (Van Camp) Ford. Tom proudly served in the U.S. Navy. Before retirement, he worked many years at Pure Carbon/Morgan Advanced Materials & Technologies in St. Marys, PA. Tom prided himself on being a family man. He was a loyal husband and best friend to his late wife, Shirley, whom he married on June 25, 1965. He was a superhero father to his daughter, Sheri, whom he was sure to call every single day if they could not be together. He loved his grandsons, Joseph and Ben, dearly and had great love and appreciation for his son-in-law, Gary.​

Tom is survived by his daughter, Sheri Schatz and her husband Gary of Speedwell, TN; two grandsons: Joseph Schatz and Benjamin Schatz and his fiancée Madison Braden; sister, Ruth Zimmerman and her husband James of Wilcox, PA; brother, Gordon Ford and his wife Diane of Huntington, PA.

In addition to Tom’s parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Romaine Anderson and brother, Raymond Ford.

Visitation will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, April 10, 2024 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and on Thursday morning, April 11, 2024 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. with Tom’s nephew, Shawn Miller, officiating. Full military funeral rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the Maria Lutheran Cemetery in Kersey.



April 10, 2024
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

April 11, 2024
10:30 AM
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Final Resting Place

April 11, 2024
12:00 PM
Maria Lutheran Cemetery

Tribute Wall


  1. Uncle Tommy will be missed. Sheri my condolences go out to you and your family. We have a lot of great memories to keep in our hearts. Love to all ❤️🙏🏻

  2. He surely will be missed. He was so proud of Sheri. To Joseph and Ben just remember how much he loved you. I am so sorry that I can’t come to say goodbye . I will keep all our great memories .

  3. Rest in peace Uncle Tommy. Some of my best childhood memories were spent with you,Aunt Shirley and Sheri.

  4. A patient man, a heart of gold. He was a great friend of our family. He taught me how to drive. I am truly grateful. Thank you Sir. Wear your Wings proudly.

  5. We all had so much fun when we all lived closer, we’d all go to Cooks Forest camping . So many great memories with Tom And Shirley. REST IN PEACE TOM. You will be Sadly missed.

  6. Sheri so very sorry for your loss!

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