Jack B. Forbes

Jack B. Forbes
Jack B. Forbes of Kalamazoo, MI, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2008. Mr. Forbes was born April 8, 1934 in Grand Rapids to Clarence and Jessie (McDonald) Forbes. After 42 years of service, he retired from Menasha Paper Co. Jack was an active member of the Otsego United Methodist Church where he was part of the Apple Dumpling Gang and the Lunch Bunch. In his younger years he enjoyed snowmobiling, square dancing, riding horses and owned a stock car. In recent years he was an avid camper and John Deere collector. Jack was a family man; his family always came first. If someone was in need, Jack would be there to help. He adored his wife and daughters and his favorite pastime was being with his granddaughters and great-grandson. On September 17, 1955, in Kalamazoo he married JoAnn Ward, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Charlene Forbes of Otsego and Karen Forbes of Kalamazoo; four granddaughters, Jordan Casarez, Carlee and Krystle Forbes, and Danielle Casarez and significant other, Jory Wiersma; a great-grandson, Trenton J. Wiersma; a sister, Eleanor VanHouten of Pharr, TX; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Forbes of Gobles; many nieces, nephews; and his best friends, “Russell” Fisher and Ron Hoover. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Bruce J. Forbes, his brother Gordon Forbes, and two sisters, Lucille Rennie and Phyllis Rinehart. Friends may meet the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Cremation will follow with burial of ashes at Oshtemo Hills Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Jack may be made to the American Heart Association or the Window Restoration Project at Otsego United Methodist Church.
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