Paul Lyon Forsythe passed away on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.
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Paul was born on July 16, 1926, in Atlantic City, N.J., to Harry and Mary (Rogers) Forsythe. He was the third oldest of eight children. He had four brothers, Richard, Marvin, Marvin's twin that died at birth, and Donald; and three sisters, Madeline, Blanch and Carol.
Paul attended New Bedford High School in New Bedford, Mass.
In June 1943, Paul joined the Navy at the age of 16. His father had to sign his papers so he could join at such a young age. Paul served in the Navy during World War II and was discharged in November 1946. He then joined the Army National Guard in New Bedford, Mass. Times were tough and jobs were scarce, so in 1950 Paul joined the Air Force and retired from the Air Force on Dec. 31, 1969. During this time he served in Korea and Vietnam.
Paul traveled all over the world, met many different people and proudly served his country. Although he often talked of the beauty of Bangkok, Thailand, he said there is no place in the world like America and he was proud to have helped build our country.
In 1959 Paul married Ruth Ann Pheiffer at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D. They had two children, Paul and Nadine.
After working as a flight engineer and a supply sergeant in the Air Force, Paul moved to Bozeman in 1970 and has resided here ever since. He worked in the maintenance department at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital when he first came to Bozeman.
Gov. Schweitzer personally visited Paul in his home to thank him for his service to his country during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Paul will always be remembered for his sacrifice for our country.
Paul enjoyed football, basketball and putting together model cars and jigsaw puzzles. He was a longtime member of the American Legion, Eagles, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a veteran, hero and a friend to many. He will be missed dearly.
Memorials in Paul's name may be made to the American Legion, P.O. Box 936, Bozeman, MT 59771.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment with military honors will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 25, 2010