Marvin Ford was an outgoing man known for his good sense of humor and his quick wit, said his daughter, Catherine Ford Sori.
“He saw humor in everything, even in life’s most challenging times,” she said. “He was the kind of man to strike up conversations with people he encountered.”
Marvin Ford, a lifetime Calumet Region resident, died Oct. 9. He was a World War II Army veteran. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elnora Ford.
He had been an agent for the Internal Revenue Service since 1964 and had served as the agency's media spokesperson.
He enjoyed answering questions about taxes on his WJOB radio program, and enjoyed helping others learn about the intricacies of taxes and the tax codes through continuing education classes and professional seminars.
Faith was the bedrock of his life, and he sought to inspire others the way he had been inspired by his mentors at the former Brooks House in Hammond.
He served his church, American Baptist Church in Munster, in numerous capacities over the years.
“His favorite role was as Sunday School teacher, where he sought to encourage others the way he had been encouraged at Brooks House,” his daughter said.
Grandson Jeremy Kryt said his grandfather had many interests and hobbies, including jazz music.
“From Dixieland to Tommy Dorsey, he could identify not just the song, but also the artist, from hearing just a few bars of music,” he said.
He was a consummate patriot, and because he was too young to enlist, forged his mother’s signature so he could join the Army during World War II, his daughter said.
“He felt a strong sense of duty to fight the forces of fascism that threatened our nation after Pearl Harbor, and he served in the Pacific Theater from 1943-1945,” she said.
Kryt said his grandfather believed in courage, duty and sacrifice.
“He lived by the principles of devotion to one’s family, one’s community, and one’s country,” he said.