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Jack Woodrow Forseman

Memorial for Jack Woodrow Forseman

Born in Duluth, Minnesota on Nov. 11, 1930
Departed on Mar. 19, 2017 and resided in Oak Ridge, TN.
Visitation: Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Service: Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017
7:30 pm
Cemetery: Oak Ridge Memorial Park
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Jack W. Forseman passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19 at Parkwest Hospital surrounded by loving family and friends. He is survived by his daughter, Jill Forseman Kenney and his son-in-law, Ron Kenney of Boulder, Colorado, his son, Tim Forseman of Traveler's Rest, SC, and his grandson, Brandon Kenney of Broomfield, Colorado. His dear wife, Betty Bell Forseman, pre-deceased him in 2007. They were married for 55 years prior to her death.
Jack was one of the original settlers of Oak Ridge and moved here in 1944 with his now-deceased parents, August "Gus" and Ebba Forseman. Oak Ridge became his "forever" home and he loved this city so much that he never left it except for the occasional vacation and his time in service to his country. He attended Pine Valley School and graduated from Oak Ridge High School where he lettered in pole vaulting. He also attended the University of Tennessee where he pursued a passion in architecture and construction, and he later went on to become one of Oak Ridge's most respected builders. He worked at various government operations in Oak Ridge for over 42 years until he retired from Martin-Marietta.
In 1952, Jack and Betty married and took up temporary residence in Albuquerque, NM while Jack was in the Air Force. After being honorably discharged, they moved back to Oak Ridge where they raised their family.
Jack lived life on his own terms and lived it to the fullest. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and hunter, and he enjoyed annual trips pheasant hunting in the Northwest. He loved to swim and boat, and he played basketball, softball, and baseball for various teams while employed at Union Carbide. He was also a licensed pilot and enjoyed aviation. In his youth, Jack sang at the occasional nightclub. He enjoyed spending time with his family and Betty's family, and was a proud member of the Elks Lodge.
In addition to his children and grandson, Jack is survived by his brother-in-law and closest friend, Bob Seyfried and his wife, June. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, Greg and Patsy Bell, Lana Bowes, Kirk Forseman, Don Bell, Richard Lee and Davita Dillon, Jackie Dillon, and Diane Dillon, and several grand nieces and nephews who were all very special to him – Adam Irving, Amber Bowes Dyer, Brittany Bowes, Grace Bell Woods, Billy Bell, and Amanda Dillon. He is also survived by special friends and caretakers, Joyce Swicegood, Rose Walker, LaToyia Swicegood, and Ina Nix.
The family will receive friends at Weatherford Mortuary from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 22. The funeral service will follow at 7:30pm with Dr. Randy Hammer officiating. Family and friends will meet for a graveside service at Anderson Memorial Gardens on Thursday, March 23 at 11:00 am. Pallbearers will be Tim Forseman, Ron Kenney, Brandon Kenney, Greg Bell, Adam Irving, and Kirk Forseman. The family asks that any memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in his memory. An on-line guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


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