James E. Forstrom

December 24, 1929 - January 10, 2022
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James E. Forstrom, 92, of Dover, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022, in Cleveland Clinic-Union Hospital at Dover.

Born at Dover, he was the son of the late John E. and Hazel E. (Swinderman) Forstrom. A veteran having enlisted at the age of 17, he served with the United States Army as a peacekeeper in General McArt…

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James E. Forstrom, 92, of Dover, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022, in Cleveland Clinic-Union Hospital at Dover.

Born at Dover, he was the son of the late John E. and Hazel E. (Swinderman) Forstrom. A veteran having enlisted at the age of 17, he served with the United States Army as a peacekeeper in General McArthur’s Headquarters at Tokyo, Japan after the end of hostilities during World War II. After returning to the states, Jim embarked on a long career in the meat cutting industry with a number of stores. Eventually, he retired in 2005 at the age of 75 from Rodhe’s IGA Supercenter at Millersburg after 37 years of service.

A born again Christian and a man of faith, Jim was a member of Roxford United Methodist Church at Dennison where he also served as an usher. He was also an avid golfer and an accomplished harmonica player.

On June 8, 1951, Jim married the former Barbara L. Wise and together they shared over 70 years of marriage before his passing. Also surviving is his daughter, Lynn Ann (Mark) Keener of Dover; his son, Michael J. (Cindy) Forstrom of Cincinnati; three grandchildren, David (Cindy) Keener of Dover, Eric (Rachel) Keener of Dublin and Kara Lynn (Jeremy) Rodgers of New Philadelphia and six great -grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, an infant son, David Forstrom; three brothers, Ben Forstrom, Robert Forstrom and Jack Forstrom and a sister, Ruth Strictmaker also preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 17, 2022 from 10 to 11 AM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home at New Philadelphia where a service celebrating James’s life will begin at 11 AM with Pastor Ron Heasley officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia where the New Philadelphia VFW Post 1445 will provide military honors.

The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Roxford United Methodist Church, 771 Roxford Church Road SE, Dennison, Ohio 44621.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, January 17, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

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116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Monday, January 17, 2022

Time: 11:00 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, January 17, 2022

Evergreen Burial Park

Address:

1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Roxford United Methodist Church

771 Roxford Church Road
Dennison, Ohio 44621

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Born: December 24, 1929
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Delilah J Wenger Ryan posted on 1/18/22

Dear Forstrom Family, First, I would like to express my sympathy for the loss of your Dear Father. Its always hard to give up a parent and have to continue on in life without them. To Michael, I was wondering if you might be the Michael Forstrom I went to West Elementary Grade School in New Philadelphia? Class of 1970. If so, I always wonder where you got to.

 

Debra Vinci posted on 1/17/22

Barb, Lynn and Family, I was so sad to hear of Jim's passing, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I feel extremely lucky that Lynn came to work at the hospital 30 years ago while I was pregnant with Hannah and you were interested in a babysitting job. It was such a blessing to know that my children were in such kind and caring hands. Jim was always there in the periphery with a patient smile and kind words. I always tell people that it was like my kids had a bonus set of grandparents. I miss and love you, Deb

 

Sarah Vinci posted on 1/16/22

I have so many wonderful childhood memories of Jim and Barb. So sorry to hear of his passing. ??

 

Harold and Marion McMorrow posted on 1/13/22

Barb and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was very kind and friendly. We enjoyed getting to know him these past few months. He will be greatly missed. You are in our prayers. Deepest Sympathies, Harold and Marion (Liz) McMorrow

 

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 1/13/22

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of James E. Forstrom, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, James E. Forstrom, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

Glenn A Porter posted on 1/13/22

Mark ,Lynn,David,Eric and Kara, So sorry to hear of your father and grandfathers passing. May you find peace in your wonderful memories. Glenn A. Porter

 

Kay Stebler posted on 1/12/22

Sorry for your lloss to the Kenner famile. Kara. gramdparemts hold such ;a special and importent place in our lives. Yours family are in my prayers. God Bless.

 

Dianna posted on 1/12/22

Barb we send our deepest condolences to you and the family. Jim was such a sweet man. Tim and Dianna Whytsell

 

James and Veronica Zalenski posted on 1/12/22

We extend our deep sympathy and love to you and your family. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. "And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

 

Lanette Lundenberger posted on 1/12/22

So sorry for your loss You are in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Bob & Judy Horn posted on 1/11/22

Just want to tell you how much Jim will be missed & Barb you are in our thoughts & prayers that God will comfort you & help you through the days ahead when you need his guidance in making decisions on your own Thank you for being a good friend! We love you! Bob & Judy Horn

 

Matt and Amy Eggerton posted on 1/11/22

Matt and I are so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and always made us laugh. He was a willing servant of our Lord and Savior. Until we meet again...

 

Barb Shaw posted on 1/11/22

So sad to see of Jim’s passing. I worked with him at M&M Market years ago and he was such a kind and caring man. So nice to work with. I was lucky to cross paths with him again at Willandale Golf course when I worked out there for years. He always greeted me with a hug and a visit it was always the high point of the day. I enjoyed our talks about God too. He was very special! My sympathy to all of the family! Barb Shaw

 

Bob Mathias posted on 1/11/22

A very good man and a willing servant of Jesus always a smile. Best advice on the golf course “keep it on the short grass.” Heaven is richer and we are poorer. Until we meet again. Pastor Bob & Ginny Mathias

 

Bob and Sharon Price posted on 1/11/22

Prayers for comfort for Barb and family. Jim was a kind, witty, wonderful man. Will be missed by many.

 

Barbara James posted on 1/11/22

We are so saddened by the passing of Jim, he was a wonderful and faithful servant of our lord, and will be missed by all our Roxford Family, Carl and Barb James

 

Amber Meese Ricker posted on 1/11/22

Lynn and families: I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know you have my sincerest sympathies and prayers. May God comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.

 

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