OLEAN - Kevin J. Forness, of 401 Gilmore Ave., passed away Friday (July 11, 2014) at Olean General Hospital following a year-long struggle with cancer.
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Kevin was born March 8, 1950, in Olean, a son of John W. and Mary C. Watkins Forness. On July 24, 1982, in Christ United Methodist Church, he married Deborah J. DeRock, who survives.
Kevin was a 1968 graduate of Hinsdale High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from March 27, 1969, to Jan. 27, 1971. He has worked for the past 40 years at Dresser-Rand in Olean, and was currently a quality control inspector.
Kevin was a NASCAR fan, a member of the Olean American Legion and a proud member of the United Steel Workers Local 4601.
In his younger days, Kevin enjoyed his Corvette, his speed boats and his motorcycle. He also was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels as a driver and Toys for Tots fundraising. To Kevin, his children were a source of great pride, and he enjoyed spending time with them and attending all their sporting events.
Surviving Kevin, besides his loving wife 32 years, are his mother, Mary C. Forness of Cuba; a son, Cody (Noelle) Forness of Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Teegan (Jacey) Duzick-Forness of Olean, and Ann Forness of Scottsville; a sister, Michelle (George) Bush of Portville; a brother, Roger (Annette) Forness of Hawaii; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kevin was predeceased by his father, John W. Forness, on Nov. 10, 2012; a brother, Michael Forness, on Feb. 6, 1978; a nephew, Shawn Forness, on March 16, 2002; and a beloved god-daughter, Ann Marie Klingbeil.
At Kevin's request, there will be no public visitation. Burial with full military honors, accorded by the Allegany American Legion Charles Marble Post 892, will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany. Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the
. Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on July 15, 2014