September 27, 1938 ~ February 12, 2022
Resided in: Arlington, Texas
John A Forrest, 83, beloved husband and father passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Mansfield Medical Center. His Memorial Service will be held on March 26 at 11am, at Wade Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington, TX. 76013
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Fleurdleys Assisted Living, 6104 Rendon New Hope Road, Fort Worth, TX 76140.
Fleurdleys is where John spent the last year of his life with friends and caregivers who treated him with the love of God, gentleness, and dignity.
John Forrest was born on September 27, 1938, in Lima, Ohio to John and Isabelle Forrest, and enjoyed growing up with his 2 brothers, Douglas and Robert Forrest. John was raised in a Christian home and at age 9 trusted Christ as his personal Savior. His favorite verse was Philippians 1:21-23 “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me and I do not know which to choose. But, I am hard-pressed from both directions having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better.”
John received a bachelor of business administration in 1960 from the University of Pittsburgh and worked 21 years with US Steel in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Texas, spent 18 years as the Administrator of Park of the Palms Christian Retirement Community in Florida, and 7 years volunteering at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Dallas, Texas. The Lord gave John the privilege of being a witness for his Lord Jesus Christ in each area of work.
In 1963, John married his wonderful wife, Mary and from that moment, they together served and loved the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. John enjoyed playing the organ and was filled with joy when singing hymns and praising God, which he continued daily until his passing.
Being preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary of 57 years, John is survived by:
Son John Forrest Jr. and Daughter in Law Shannon Forrest, Granddaughter Savannah Brown and husband Mike Brown, Grandson Ian Forrest; Daughter Liz Simoneaux and Son In Law Blane Simoneaux, Grandson Duncan Simoneaux and wife Madison Simoneaux; Brother Douglas Forrest of North Carolina and wife Sharon Forrest and 3 adult nephews Jim, Jeff and family, and Jay and family; Sister In Law Peggy Forrest of Tennessee and 2 adult nieces Roxanne and family, and Karla.
John lived a life of gladly serving the Lord in everything he did, showing love and compassion to all around him. His greatest desire was to have the light of Jesus shine through him and leave an imprint of a Christian life to remain for eternity.