Raymond A. Forbis
March 15, 1919 ‒ February 07, 2008
Raymond A. Forbis, 88, of Marion died Thursday morning, February 7, 2008 at the Marion Manor after a 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s.
He was born on March 15, 1919 in Dunbar, West Virginia the son of the late Luther and May (Lambert) Forbis.
Raymond attended high school in Washington Court House where he was a standout left handed pitcher on their state championship baseball team, for which he threw a no-hitter. A team, that until recently had reunions every year. During his senior year he and his family moved to Marion where he graduated from Harding High school in the class of 1938.
After graduation he started working for Baker Woods Preserving Company. He then enlisted in the United States Army Engineers. After basic training in Little Rock, Arkansas he married Vivian R. Greer, on July 4 1942, in Greenup, Kentucky, before heading overseas. His World War II service included 3 1/2 years and campaigns in Algeria, Morocco, Italy, and northern France which earned him the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After his discharge he obtained his state license as a boiler operator. He took his license and his new found knowledge to Islay’s where he worked until he took a job with Mr. Sealander, and his private business, as an electrician. From there he went back to boiler operation at Durez Plastics and finally retired from B.F. Goodrich in Green Camp in the middle to late 70s.
He was extremely proud of the Marion community and he led by example. He served for 10 years on the Marion City Council, representing the 6th Ward, and was also a member of the Council At Large. During his time on city council, some of his proudest achievements were the new city hall and the overpasses on State and Prospect Street. Raymond was a member of the Marion County Republican Party and ran for mayor in the early 60s.
Raymond’s true love was baseball and while he would have rather been playing he used his talents coaching the teenage boys’ league.
He even found time to participate in the Marion Garden and the Toast Masters Club.
With a great sense of humor, Raymond was always playing practical jokes on his sisters. Even with the decline of his health, he never missed a beat, still sticking his tongue out at his nurses. His grandson described him as an amateur comedian.
He will be missed by his wife Vivian; their daughter Carolyn (Pete) Garrison-DeWolfe of Marion; two grandsons Greg (Angie) Ault of Millington, Tennessee and Jered (Shana) Garrison of Columbia, Missouri; three great grandchildren Alisyn and Sarah Ault and Nate Garrison; and sister Evelyn Marlowe of Moore, South Carolina.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Luther and Ernest, and sisters Levada, Marie, and Anna
Friends may call on the family on Sunday February 10, 2008 from 2-5 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center Street, Marion. Funeral services will be held there on Monday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Max Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Tremont Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221 or the Marion County Humane Society, 2264 Richland Road, Marion, Ohio 43302.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.