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Richard L. Forney

May 19, 1928 August 17, 2023
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Richard “Dick” Larry Forney, 95, passed away on Thursday, August 17,

2023 at Akron City Summa Hospital.

He was born May 19, 1928 to Issac William Forney and Martha Maude

(Long) Forney. He had a younger brother, Gary Kent Forney, of

Pensacola, FL.

After his father signed special papers which required Dick to graduate

early from Orrville High School, he enlisted in the U. S. Army at age 17

to join World War II forces in Europe in 1945. He was part of the Special

Services attached to General Mark Clark’s honor guard and later served

Chief Warrant Officer Leon G. Dandoy, Jr. in Marburg, Germany and

then in Vienna, Austria. Richard was decommissioned as a Corporal T5

in 1947. Dick was a member of the Veterans of Wars Post 3446 for

more than 70 years and served as Post Commander from 1979-1980.

He was also a longtime member of the American Legion Post 282.

Returning from Europe at the end of the war Dick attended Akron

University for a short time before returning to Orrville permanently. In

Orrville he worked for J.M. Smucker Company (where he met Anna

Hawks), Sanderson Cyclone, Snyder Ford (part-time), Wayne County

Sheriff as a Part-Time Deputy and at Smith Dairy where he retired after

32 years on May 31, 1995.

He has been a lifelong member of the Orrville Christian Church. Dick

was also a 32 nd degree Mason, Scottish and York Rites for more than 50

years. He served on the Fraternal Order of Police Association in Orrville

as Secretary, and was appointed to the Orrville Fireman Dependency

Board where he served for 22 years.

He married Anna Elizabeth (Duris) Hawks June 4, 1954. She preceded

Richard in death in October 10 th , 1998. They had one son; William Kent

Forney who died less than two years old on September 9 th , 1959.

Richard had two daughters from Anna’s first marriage, Billie Terrell

(Hawks) Blosser and Gail Ann Hawks.

Richard married Elgie Auten September 4, 2004, who recently passed

away earlier this month after nearly 19 yrs of marriage.

His hobbies included, photography, golf, shooting traps, traveling to

Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.

He is survived by his children; Billie Blosser and Gail Hawks and his

grandchildren; Richard Marion Blosser(CA), Carrie Terrell Scheckelhoff

(OH), Elizabeth Marie Blosser(OH), and Abigail Evelyn Harris(OH) and

eleven great grandchildren; and one great, great grandchild.

Viewing will be held at Gresser Funeral Home Friday the 26 th from 9:30-

11:00 with burial following in Crown Hill Cemetry Chapel, both in

Orrville. Ohio

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