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Forrest D. Maness

1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Forrest Dean Maness, 84, St. Clair, departed this life Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at his home, surrounded by the love of his family.

Forrest was born Sept. 4, 1933, in St. Louis, the son of Ford Wilson Maness Sr. and wife Marjorie Belle, nee Lollar. As a young man, he was united in marriage and blessed to have five children. In later years, he was blessed to have five more children he loved as his own.

Forrest was a devoted Christian and instilled in his family the importance of believing and trusting in God with your whole heart. He was a current member of St. Clair United Methodist Church and past longtime member of First Baptist Church in St. Clair. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army, entering Nov. 9, 1953, and receiving his honorable discharge Nov. 8, 1955. After his discharge from the military, he was employed at Chrysler Daimler Corporation in Fenton, retiring after over 25 years of service to the company. He also was a retiree of United Auto Workers, Local 110 of Fenton. Nothing was more important to Forrest than his family, and he was happiest when he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He always managed to come up with a nickname for each of them, and they all felt special. He enjoyed working in his yard and caring for his home, lending a helping hand to the children whenever they needed it. Watching wrestling was a favorite pastime throughout his life. He was a kind and soft-spoken man with an open heart to love all his children equally.

Forrest is survived by his children, Mitchell Maness, Guam, Robin Bell, Leann Gratzer and husband Bruce, Rene' Obie and husband Dan, and Deanna Wirt and husband Mike, all of St. Clair, Roni Krolak and husband Dave, Union, Mark Wishnask and wife Mel, St. Clair, Ann Reynolds and husband Merle, Collbran, Colo., and Tracy Neely and husband Mark, Jackson; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ford Sr. and Marjorie Maness; his former wife and friend, Edna Maness, nee Findley; one daughter, Lisa Wishnask; one grandson, Michael Mueller; four brothers, Ford Jr., Lee, Harry and James Maness; and two sisters, infant Glee Maness and Patricia Poeschel.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating.

Interment, with full military honors, was held at Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair.

The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on Oct. 28, 2017
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