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John B. "Burt" Forssell


1927 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
John B. "Burt" Forssell Obituary
John B. "Burt" Forssell
1927-2015
Burt Forssell passed away at the age of 88 on December 3, 2015, from complications resulting from a brain tumor.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 9, 1927, the son of Swedish immigrants. He spent his grade school years in Chicago, volunteered for the Navy in 1944 and trained as an aircraft mechanic. After World War II, he graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Business Administration in 1951. It was while he was attending college that he met and married the love of his life, Sue Lahl. After graduation, he began working in sales for several companies in St. Charles, Illinois; Tulsa, OK; Buffalo, NY and finally Houston in 1960. He joined Xerox Corp. in 1962 and continued his career until retirement 30 years later. He always considered Xerox "his" company and was proud of the many friendships he made there.
He and Sue were active members of several churches in the area and held a variety of volunteer positions. He spent many years as Scoutmaster of Troop 625, one of the largest Boy Scout troops in the area, and had a positive influence on many young men through the Scouting program. He joined the Spring Valley Police force in 1968 and was a reserve officer for over 20 years. He retired from the force with the rank of Sergeant and was once named Officer of the Year.
In his spare time, he enjoyed cultivating roses, gardening, waterfowl hunting, fishing and whitewater rafting. Burt and Sue challenged many rivers in the Pacific Northwest with other family members. After retirement, he and Sue traveled extensively, exploring many continents and countries. He made the finest Manhattan that any of his many friends had ever tasted. He was described as one of the friendliest people you could meet and always had a joke in his back pocket.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sue. He is also survived by his three children: Scott, Jim (Cathy), and Barbara; grandson John; brother Bryant Mansfield and many nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held. The family requests donations be made to Citizens for Animal Protection (www.cap4pets.org) in lieu of flowers.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2015
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