William R. Forney M.D., USNR Ret.
Dr. William R. Forney (Bill) passed peacefully from this life on Monday, May 21, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief battle with cancer.
Bill was born on October 3, 1931, in Alhambra, CA, to the late Dale and Dorothy (Long) Forney. At age 10, Bill's family moved to Williamsburg, Ohio, a small midwest farming community. Bill attended Williamsburg High School, where he graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1949.
Bill went on to college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, before enrolling in medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Upon graduation in June, 1956, Bill accepted a commission with the United States Navy. He was stationed in Philadelphia, PA, where he completed his residency in pediatrics. It was there that Bill met and married his wife of 53 years, Esther Jeanne (Stebell). After completing his active duty in 1964, Bill and Esther moved the family to the Shoreline area of Seattle where Bill began his private practice. Soon after, he founded the Richmond Pediatric Clinic and became a well-loved practitioner for the next 41 years. Bill remained in the US Navy Reserves until 1977, retiring with the rank of Captain.
Bill was a great mentor, father, leader, and friend to all those who knew him. He was extensively involved in community service throughout his life. Bill was a proud member of the Shoreline Rotary for 50 years, serving 2 terms as the group's president. Among his many hobbies, Bill's favorites were woodworking, sailing, and spending countless hours with family at his summer home on the Hood Canal.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret; one sister, Dr. Patricia Lucas of Cincinnati, Ohio; sons Alan, Eric, and Steven, daughter in-law Jennifer Forney, grandchildren, Bronson, TJ, and Alyssa; sister-in-law Judy Taylor of Port Allegheny, PA; a niece and several nephews. He is also survived by his faithful dog Kirby.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther, and son, Bill, Jr.
A service celebrating Bill's life
will be held at the First Lutheran
Church of Richmond Beach
on Saturday, June 2nd, at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Seattle Children's Hospital.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 27, 2018.