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Forrest C. , age 89, passed from this life on February 25, 2013. Beloved husband of 67 years to Inez (nee Linehan), loving father of Lois (Sam), Helen (Jim) and Judy (Doug), cherished grandfather of Eric, Michael (Jessica), Bryan (Maria), Laura, and Jennifer, proud Great Papa of Taylor and Kayla, dear brother of Cecil and Helen, friend and brother-in-law of Richard, treasured uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, devoted friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Syrilda, his sister Midge and his brother Bud.
During WWII, Forrest proudly served in the 6th Armored Division under General George S. Patton's 3rd Army in the European Theater of Operation, including D-Day, The Battle of The Bulge and the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp at Ettersberg. He earned two Purple Hearts and was honorably discharged in December 1945. He was active in various veteran, armored and community organizations for over 65 years. He served as Commander of the DAV Chapter 1, Commander of Green Township Post 10380, Veterans of Foreign War, President of the 6th Armored Division Veterans Association, Board Chairman of the 6th Armored Division Veterans Association, dedicated member of the US Armor Association and ardent supporter of the Patton Museum in Ft. Knox. Forrest was a driving force in the production of the book, The Super Sixth -History of the 6th Armored Division in World War II and its post-war Association. In recognition of his unselfish endeavors and lifetime service to the armored community, He was bestowed the Gold Medallion Noble Patron Award in 2002. This prestigious award recognizes those select individuals who have devoted a lifetime of service and support to armor or cavalry organizations. Forrest was also active in his community as a member of the Mack Volunteer Fire Department , President of Mack Fire Inc., and a dedicated member of the Green Township Park Committee. He was instrumental in planning the Green Township Veteran's Park and acquiring a M60A3 tank from Ft Knox which is on display at the park as a memorial to all veterans.
Visitation will be at Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home, 3700 Glenmore Ave, Cheviot, Friday, March 1, 9 AM until the Celebration of his Life begins at 11:30 AM with a Mack Fire Inc. prayer service, a Green Township VFW prayer service at 11:45 AM and funeral service at 12 noon. Burial, will Military Honors will follow at New St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, The Herbert Family suggests memorial donations to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis (38105) or Shirners Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati (45229).
Forrest was blessed with a loving family, many faithful friends and compassionate caregivers. His family wishes to thank Dr. Leslie Long, Dr. Rajasekhar, Achieve Home Health Care and Hillebrand Nursing Center for their attentive care and kindness. His underlying determination, compassion and outgoing personality will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"
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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Feb. 27, 2013