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Frank J. Force

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 23, 2015 @ 2:09 pm In Durham,News,Obituaries | 9 Comments

Frank J. Force died peacefully at the Durham VA Hospice Center on February 21, 2015. He was born in Caro, Michigan on June 2nd, 1920 to Maude and Frank Force. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Florence, his brother Bill and sister Betty. He is survived by son Jim Force, daughters Sue Haut and Peggy Force, granddaughters Bridget Siedlecki, Kelly Haut, Amy Grissom, Robin Grissom, grandson Andrew Haut and great granddaughter Isabella Siedlecki. He has two sons-in-law, Rick Haut and Jim Grissom, a daughter-in-law, Chris Boyer and two grandsons-in-law, John Siedlecki and Scott Stockert.

Frank attended Caro High School and went on to Central Michigan University. He met Florence during their first semester and they were married two years later. After graduating in 1943 he joined the U.S. Navy, being commissioned an Ensign U.S.N.R. He went to the Pacific aboard LST 709 and participated in eight different invasions and eventually was promoted to command of the ship. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant JG U.S.N.R.

After the war Frank obtained a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, clerked with the Michigan Supreme Court and then took a position with REO Motor Company in Lansing, Michigan. In 1959 he became the first attorney for the Ford Motor Credit Company and finished his career there in 1979, retiring as a Vice President.

When Frank and Florence moved to Detroit they joined Bushnell Congregational Church. They particularly enjoyed belonging to the CO-WEDS group at Bushnell where they made lifelong friends. After retirement, Frank and Florence moved to Southern Pines, NC where Frank pursued a passion for golf. They also traveled extensively, including trips to Russia, Germany and Scotland as well as destinations all over the United States. After Florence passed away in 2000 he moved to Durham, NC where two of his children live and Frank was active at Asbury United Methodist Church.

Frank Force was an honorable man with the utmost integrity. He was a loving husband and father devoted to his family, served as a leader and teacher in his Church, was an active volunteer in the community and a dear friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 806 Clarendon St., Durham, NC 27705 on February 28, 2015 at 11:00am, luncheon to follow in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers it was Frank’s wish for donations to be made to the Urban Ministries of Durham, P.O. Box 249, Durham, NC 27702 https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/umdurham. Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham, is assisting the family. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com


Condolences for the family of “Frank J. Force”

Condolence from Jim Van Eaton on February 24th, 2015 9:00 am

May your faith and the wonderful memories comfort you in your time of grief.

Condolence from Urban Ministries of Durham on February 24th, 2015 9:55 am

It is a beautiful way to honor Mr. Force’s memory and continue his legacy of good in the world to direct memorial contributions to Urban Ministries of Durham to help very poor and homeless neighbors. We join you in honoring his life and accomplishments and mourning your loss.

Condolence from Deborah Ahlman on February 24th, 2015 10:44 am

Dear Peggy and Family,
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your wonderful father, grandfather, and father-in-law. He sounded like an amazing man and so representative of his great generation. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Sincerely,
Deborah

Condolence from Lamar Willis on February 24th, 2015 12:59 pm

Jim and Chris,
Shelia and my thoughts , prayers will be with you during this time.

Condolence from Bob Ehle…..Durham Lions Club on February 24th, 2015 3:43 pm

Jim, I know the great sorrow you now feel with the loss of your Dad….. You now will step up and fill his shoes and continue to do the thingss that were important to hm. I will keep you in my prayers during this time of great grief, Bob Ehle+

Condolence from Bob Ehle…..Durham Lions Club on February 24th, 2015 3:43 pm

Jim, I know the great sorrow you now feel with the loss of your Dad….. You now will step up and fill his shoes and continue to do the thingss that were important to hm. I will keep you in my prayers during this time of great grief, Bob Ehle+

Condolence from Sharon McKinney Herman on February 26th, 2015 8:57 am

So sorry for your loss Jim and family .

Condolence from JIm Force on March 4th, 2015 8:59 am

Sharon:

Nice to hear from you! While I miss my father I’m not terribly sad at his passing as he’s where he wants to be.

Did you know that Ken Sherwood died at the beginning of February?

Hope all is well with you!

Jim Force

Condolence from Jerry Bringard on February 27th, 2015 5:09 pm

Dear Jim, Sue and Peggy:

I received the news of your father’s passing with great sorrow. I had the pleasure of working for Frank for 19 years at Ford Credit. He was an outstanding role model for excellence and integrity and a great mentor to me. We also enjoyed a wonderful personal relationship with your parents for many years. Mary joins me in expressing our heartfelt sympathy to you and your families.

Jerry

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