Gerald Lee Forup

June 04, 1941 ‒ December 08, 2013

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Gerald Lee Forup knew that “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” Quick to help others, or volunteer his time, Gerald was always helping someone out. From electrical projects to bailing out a stranded car, Gerald knew that each act of kindness he showed to another would have a rippling effect, paying forward his kind deeds.

Gerald Lee Forup, age 72 of Bellville passed away Sunday morning, December 8, 2013 in his home following a long illness.

He was born June 4, 1941 in Bradford, Pennsylvania and was the only son of Lee and Gerda (Jensen) Forup. Gerald was graduated from Lexington High School in 1959 and shortly after entered the United States Air Force. Serving four years, he was honorably discharged in 1963. Patriotic, he was a member of the International American Legion.

On October 2, 1965 he married Heather Morrison, a tireless, devoted caregiver throughout Gerald’s three-year illness. Together, they raised their three children and recently celebrated 48 years of marriage.

Gerald followed his father’s career path as an electrician and worked with him at their family founded company, Swedes Electric. Later, he worked as a union electrical contractor with IBEW #688. Gerald retired after 23 years of service from Sprint as an electrical technician, climbing towers exceeding 400 ft., but never completely retired from doing electrical work. Selfless, he volunteered his talents at the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center, and was eager to help friends or strangers with any and all electrical projects.

He was a member of Venus Lodge No. 152, Free and Accepted Masons of Mansfield, Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield where he served on vestry, and was a member of the Mohican Sailing Club, of which he served as Commondore in 1974. He greatly enjoyed sailing his Thistle Class boat affectionately named 4UP.

A champion of family, Gerald, included his family in his hobbies of sailing, baseball, and woodworking. With his children he especially loved sailing and much of his weekend time was spent coaching little league baseball. He and Heather spent nearly twenty years at the Prairie Peddler, showcasing their handcrafted cherry Shaker Boxes and took their line, Shaker Grace, to many area craft shows and bazaars.

A sports fan, Gerald enjoyed all baseball, and followed his OSU Buckeyes religiously. Each morning he couldn’t wait to get to the sports page, usually over breakfast with his “girls,” (Gerald’s beloved Labrador Retrievers) Libby and Sukey, at his feet patiently waiting for their morning toast.

He is survived by his cherished wife Heather Forup of Bellville, three children and their families, H. Regan and Matthew Grundey of Pickerington, their children Kevin, Brittany, and Kirstin Grundey; Douglas Forup of Columbus, his children Thane and Baden Forup and their mother Taundra Forup of Mansfield; and Bradley Forup and his fiancée Shannon Miller both of Maumee; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Stephanie and Tony Herz of Mansfield, a niece Tiffany and Craig Brandenburg of Marysville, nephew Joshua Herz of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and “the girls” Libby and Sukey.

A time of fellowship and remembrance will be held Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5-7:45 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a Service of Celebration in Gerald’s honor will begin at 7:45 pm. The Rev. David Sipes will officiate. Military honors, conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will immediately follow the service.

The family would like to thank Ohio Cancer Specialist and MedCentral Hospice for their hope, compassion and care. Contributions in Gerald’s memory may be made to MedCentral Hospice or to the Ohio Cancer Foundation through the funeral home.

Private condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.