CHARLESTON -- Richard F. "Dick" Forbey, 91, died at 3:43 a.m. Nov. 5, 2005, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born March 23, 1914, in Charleston, son of the late Arch and Ora Locker Forbey, he had lived in Charleston his entire life. At age 18, he enlisted into the Missouri National Guard. He entered active service in the U.S. Army in December 1940, serving five years, and was awarded three Bronze Stars for the Normandy, France and Germany campaigns, a Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Defense Service Medal. He then re-enlisted in the Missouri National Guard serving until his retirement as first sergeant in 1974, concluding 42 years of military service. He had worked as a butcher for S&S Grocery in Charleston, was trained in furniture refinishing under C.I. "Peachy" Lutz, then worked on this own for several years prior to his employment with Caproco Inc. in Sikeston until his retirement in 1977. He was a charter member of the Charleston VFW Post 4294.
He married Ella Elizabeth Lane who preceded him in death. He then married, Doris Frances Taylor Vowels who also preceded him in death.
Also preceding him in death were one son, Richard Lee Forbey, and three grandsons, five brothers, two sisters and one daughter-in-law.
Survivors include: two sons, William F. Forbey of Sikeston and Richard A. Forbey of Charleston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ina Elizabeth "Betty" and Noah Summers of Brook Park, Ohio, and Lana Sue and Louis Byford of Corning; two sisters, Lucille Hockersmith of Bardwell, Ky., and Maxine Finley of East Prairie; and eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Michael Brewer, pastor of the Charleston First Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery with the Fort Leonard Wood Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites.