John Forrest

September 27, 1938 ~ February 12, 2022

Born in: Lima, Ohio
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.

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Memorial Service: Saturday, March 26, 2022 11:00 am

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Room: Chapel

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  1. CandleImageFrom the moment we met, I knew you would always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for loving me and accepting me into your family. You gave me the greatest gift when I married your son. I will love you forever and look forward to the day when we are all together again in our Heavenly Father’s house!!

  2. CandleImageWe will love and miss you dearly, you were a true man of God and I know you have crossed over into the promised land to be with your wife to be with the Most High Jesus Christ….we will celebrate this day with you for eternity

  3. I am so sorry for the grief that comes following such a loss. Take special care of yourself for as long as you need. May God heal your pain and comfort you.

  4. John had 4 years of piano lessons. When he was a junior in high school, he would sit down at the piano and play hymns during the breaks from his studies. Mom and Dad decided we needed a new piano, but came home having bought an organ. John played that organ during his senior year in high school and during his study breaks while attending the University of Pittsburgh. At the same time, Mom conducted a Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club in our home after school. John played the organ while the kids sang the choruses they were being taught.

    While courting his wife, Mary, they used to conduct once-a-week services in a Pittsburgh nursing home where John provided the piano playing. They did this till they were transferred to Indiana. He continued playing all those years in Indiana and then he helped close the Indiana plant and got transferred to Orange, Texas plant. Four years later, they closed the Orange, Texas plant and John was without a job. Then he received a call to be the Administrator of Park of the Palms, a senior living community in Keystone Heights, FL. Do you see how those early years of service to the elderly came around full circle? And as they were planning to sell their home in Orange, TX and move to Park of the Palms, there was a knock on the door. The woman at the door said she heard they were moving and would they mind showing her their house. This is how the Lord confirmed their move and years of service to the elderly because the woman and her husband bought the house. Seventeen years later, John and Mary moved from Florida to Grand Prairie, TX upon retirement. They continued to serve the elderly who were retiring from their translation work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. My last knowledge of John playing the organ was for the Sunday Service while they lived in the Brookdale Senior Living (Arlington, TX). Ironically, in John’s last days, he was cared for by loving people at Fleurdleys Assisted Living in Arlington, TX.

    The writer is the surviving Forrest sibling, Doug.

  5. From the day in 1976 when I met John and Mary at Lansing Gospel Chapel, Susy and I remained friends in the Lord even after they were led of the Lord through Texas, Florida and back to Texas, though direct contacts were rare and far between. Praise the Lord for the life and testimony they had for the Lord. Waiting for the day when we all will be together in the presence of the Lord, praising God together.

  6. Our family has such fond memories of John and Mary from their days at Lansing Gospel Chapel. John was my boys’ Sunday School teacher and Mary’s talents on the piano and in our ladies’ group were so appreciated. John also took my son David up to Lake Geneva Youth Camp for a week to work as his “assistant” which was a great experience for him. Knowing we can look forward to the day we’ll be worshiping together in heaven is a blessed comfort.

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