Obituary for Gene F. Forsyth
Gene F. Forsyth, 79, of Bronson MI, entered Heaven, Friday, April 14, 2017. A good man on this Good Friday; an appropriate day for Gene to enter the Kingdom of God.
Gene was born February 18, 1938 in McKeesport, PA to James & Blanche (Berquist) Forsyth. He is survived by his daughters Pamela Forsyth, Lorie B. (Charles) Taylor, Laurie A. (Randel) Swift, 10 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his former wife Joyce A. Forsyth, 2 brothers and 1 sister.
Gene served honorably as a Second Class Petty Office in the US Navy. On July 21, 1957, at age 19 he was the lone survivor in a Navy Neptune plane crash near Turin, Italy. The crew was on a search mission for a missing aircraft. In this sad and heartbreaking turn of events, Gene was the only survivor of both plane crashes. Memorial Monuments are located on the mountain in Turin, Italy and the Navy Base Kitsap, Bangor Maine. He proudly worked in maintenance for many years at the Methodist Children’s Village in Redford Twp. MI. Building outdoor play sets for the children was a great joy for him. Gene had a passion for flying and building airplanes, earning his pilot’s license in 1968 at Swift Airway. Tinkering in the workshop, with friends on a variety of projects, including repairing canes for the blind. As a Hamm Radio Operator he enjoyed the many conversations with fellow operators (KB8LQO), and group games via the telephone (to those friends you’ve been “Skunked”).
Gene was involved in a second airplane accident in September of 1975 which left him blind. He was able to live an independent life thanks to the help of guide dogs (Terry, Mercury, Paddy, Kevin Illiad, and Lockheart) provided by the Seeing Eye School for the Blind Morristown, NJ .
As a man of God, he shared his love for the Lord daily; loving his neighbors and the Lord with all his heart. He attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Coldwater MI.
The daughters of Gene are thankful for the care takers of Lakeland Skilled Nursing Facility in Angola, IN and Heartland Hospice of Fort Wayne IN, for taking great care of Gene during his last days; giving them the time to spend being daughters was priceless. The services and staff were of great comfort.
No funeral services will be held at this time, interment of ashes will take place at Bronson Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are being cared for by Dutcher Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to Heartland Hospice of Ft. Wayne, IN or Seeing Eye School for the Blind in Morristown, NJ. www.dutcherfh.com