Forrest Carl Ehret Sr.(1922 - 2012)

Forrest Carl Ehret Sr. 1922 - 2012 Forrest Ehret was born December 18, 1922 in Morristown, South Dakota, to Carl and Vera Ehret. He was the oldest of five children. During the 1930's his family made their way West, eventually settling at the Weedpatch Camp in Arvin, where he helped his family work in the fields. He attended local schools and was in the first graduating class of East Bakersfield High School in 1941. Soon after,he served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Although he never spoke much of his wartime experiences, he did serve in the 372nd Engineer Battalion. In 1947 he married the love of his life, Mary (Becas) Ehret. They were married 63 years before her passing in 2010. He was the owner/operator of several successful service stations in the Bakersfield area. Forrest was an avid fisherman and enjoyed golfing, bowling, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. After almost 90 years of life and 63 glorious years of marriage, Forrest went to be with his heavenly father on Monday, November 19th. He peacefully passed away at home, with his family by his side, after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his four children: Forrest Ehret Jr. and wife, Melinda, of Utah; Gail Steinman and husband, Marvin, of Nevada; Steven Ehret and wife, Denise, of Bakersfield; and Nancy Leask and husband; Larry, of Bakersfield. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, whom he loved with all his heart. He was preceded in death by his brothers Bob, Charles, and John Ehret. He leaves behind his sister, Irene Wilks of Portland, Oregon, as well as many nieces and nephews. Forrest will be remembered as an easy-going and caring man who loved to tease and joke. He had the looks of a movie star and a winning way with others. He was a true gentlemen; his spunk and smile will be missed greatly. Nobody can ever take his place. We all will miss him, but find serenity in knowing that he was reunited with the love of his life, and we will reunite with them someday in Heaven.We, his family, would like to thank the Optimal Hospice team for all their dedicated and superb care they provided. In lieu of flowers, we would like donations made in Forrest's name to Optimal Hospice of Bakersfield. There will be a commemoration of life on Friday, November 30th, at 11:00 a.m., at Mish Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitations will be held Thursday, November 29th, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mish Funeral Home.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 27, 2012