Ricky Gene Forest

December 17, 1952 ‒ August 09, 2020

Marysville, Ohio

Ricky Gene Forest, age 67, passed away peacefully at his home in Marysville, Ohio, on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

Ricky was born in Johnstown, Ohio, on December 17, 1952, to Willard A. Forest and Mary Aletha (Wheeler) Forest, both of whom preceded him in death.  He was the youngest of 13 siblings.  Throughout his journey in life, he enjoyed many things including boating on the Ohio River with his aunt, Virginia Meeker, and uncle, John Meeker, who raised him from an early age and were parents to him.

He was so proud of being an American, and also loved deer and American Eagles.  He was the kind of guy that would give the shirt off of his back and not think twice about it.  But what he was most proud of was his children and granddaughter.  He loved them dearly!  He felt most peaceful when he was down at the Ohio River and in West Virginia.

He would often go quad running with his son, Robby, and his brother, Bill.  He loved it so much that he spread the joy to his granddaughter and even bought her first mini quad.

He graduated from Big Walnut High School in 1971 and retired from Pittsburgh Paint & Glass (PPG) in Delaware, Ohio, after 24 years.

He will be greatly missed by many people and will always be cherished by his family.  His memory will live on with his daughter Kristy (Rick) Hardin, his son Robby (Debbie) Forest and daughter Kristin (Ed) Clark.  And most of all, his pride and joy, his granddaughter, Nicole Clark.   We certainly can’t forget his special little friend who was always by his side – his dog Lucky.

Ricky is survived by his sisters: June (Floyd) Wyler, Ruby Garrabrant, Wilma Renner, Norma (John) Lowery, Wanda (John) Bosart, Sue Stretton and Janet Vaughn and his brother Tommy (Sandy) Meeker, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his aunt & uncle, Virginia & John Meeker (Aka MOM and DAD) , siblings: Johnny, William (Bill), and Shirley Forest.

Memorial contributions can be made in Ricky’s name to Wounded Veterans, Kidney Foundation, American Diabetes Association, or the Forest family.

A celebration of life honoring Ricky will be held at a later date which will be posted to Ricky’s and his children’s Facebook pages.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.

Condolences and special memories may be shared at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers and Hugs To The Family. We were friends since elementary school and Rick was one of our classmates. RIP my friend

  • I’m shocked and saddened to learn of Ricky’s passing. I always enjoyed time with him. He was a kind, laid back kind of guy. I was hoping to catch up with him at a future class reunion. God bless.

  • Ricky will be missed by many. He was a great guy and a great friend to me and my daughter. I am glad that we got to meet him. I still cant believe he is gone. He called me just four days prior. I will miss him a lot.

  • I am saddened to read this and shocked as well. Ricky was a great guy and good friend back in the B.W. days. Rest in peace dear friend.

  • The kindest heart and fun loving soul makes him the perfect new angel! Much love to the family

  • Tom & Sandy & family,
    I am Soo sorry for your loss. Rick was such a nice guy & will be missed by those who knew him best. Rather than mourn the loss of the flame, remember instead, how brightly it burned.
    Marie Hall Berry

  • Forest and Meeker families,
    I was so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I went to school with Rick and had the privilege of knowing his siblings, in fact, his sister, June, is my aunt. May you take comfort in the memories you have of your loved one. May God wrap His loving arms around you at this difficult time.

    Love and prayers,
    Luana Simpson

  • To Ricks family I’m so sorry to hear if Ricks passing . I worked with Rick at PPG for many years . He was a very nice and kind person . He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  • I worked with Rick at PPG. He was a great person. He will greatly missed.God got another angel.

  • Dear family,

    I didn’t have Rick in class, but I knew him when he attended Big Walnut. We met again last year at the Fresenius Center in Delaware. I last talked to him there earlier this year. What a nice person he was. I was shocked upon hearing of his passing on as were the staff members at Fresenius. God bless you all and I am thankful to have known Rick.

  • I am so sorry to hear this. He was one of my favorites when I worked at Arbors. Prayers to you all. RIP, Ricky.

  • So sorry to hear of Ricks passing worked with him at PPG prayers and hugs to the FAMILY he will be greatly missed.

  • I’m sorry to have read that Rick passed. I worked with Rick at PPG. Rick was a great Man who love His family , Rick was a great inspiration for Me , Rick would always have a word of encouragement for those who needed it. Prayers offered for His family.