Ricky Gene Forest
December 17, 1952 ‒ August 09, 2020
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