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Bill Forbush


   Elmo “Bill” Forbush 80, passed away Feb. 4, 2009 at his home in Parker surrounded by his family.

Bill was born Mar. 21, 1928 in Driggs, ID. the son of Elmer and Blanche Mackley Forbush. He lived in Bates, ID. (near Driggs) until the family moved to Salem, ID. where he attended school in Sugar City, until 17 when with permission from his dad, he joined the U.S. Navy. Serving during WWII.

Bill married Loretta June Kerswell Feb. 16, 1949 in Idaho Falls, ID.; The marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They made their home in Parker, ID. where they raised their family.

Bill was a jack of all trades. He worked at AEL site in Arco, for Ross Dunn at Valley Block Plant and as a carpenter - a superb craftsman. He owned his own land leveling business. He served as Mayor of Parker for 3 terms. He later worked for Fremont County Road and Bridge and subsequently became the county road supervisor. After retirement he became Fremont Co. Commissioner for the County - a leader among men.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and served in many positions. His love was home teaching, a goal of which was to always have 100%.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta of Parker, Children - Connie (Paul) Raymond, Nampa, ID.; Bruce (Holly) Forbush, Sugar City, ID.; Dennis (Teri) Forbush, Wayne (Trina) Forbush both of Parker, ID.; Brian (Kitty) Forbush, Labelle, ID.; Brenda (Steve) Weber, Bountiful, UT.; Craig (Lauri) Forbush, Parker, ID.; brothers - Harold (Florence) Forbush, Rexburg, ID.; Jack (Lynne) Forbush, Iona, ID.; Robert Forbush, Salem, ID.; Max (Julie) Forbush, Farmington, UT. sisters - Lavon Clinton, Salem, ID.; and Ellen Singleton, Wilford, ID.; 30 Grandchildren, 29 Great Grandchildren with 4 on the way.

His life was known by all for the love he expressed and demonstrated for his neighbors, friends and family. He was a big tease, a trait his daughters-in-law and grandchildren loved about him. With impeccable integrity and a smile on his face, he served his fellowman. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the doctors and nurses at Madison Memorial and all those that worked for Rexburg Home Health and Hospice.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parker LDS Church with Bp. Jedd Stoddard, Officiating. Friends may call at the Parker Church Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and again Saturday one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Parker Cemetery where military rites will be performed by the St. Anthony V.F.W. & American Legion.

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