AMerican Veteran 10

John Forsberg

1930 ~ 2020 (age 90)


John William “Doc” Forsberg climbed the stairs and changed his address to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. He was 90 years old. He was a loving man of God, a true sports enthusiast, a music fanatic, a sourdough bread and pie baker, and an avid humorist.

John grew up in Kansas during the Depression in an active Christian family. He was a natural athlete — running track, playing golf, football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from college with a chemistry degree and a Navy ROTC commitment. He served as a lieutenant in the carrier division and was in Naval Intelligence during the Korean War as a cryptographer and a flag lieutenant to a 2-star admiral on three different aircraft carriers. During shore leave in Coronado, California, he met Jane, the love of his life, singing in the church choir. They were married and then moved to Kansas for John to attend Veterinary School. His veterinary practice of 24 years began in Idaho and continued in Forsyth, Montana.

John and Jane lovingly raised four children. His large and small animal practice kept the whole family busy. As a retired veterinarian, John took a job with the federal government supervising meat inspectors for 20 years.

John was active in the Presbyterian Church, the national board of directors for the Presbyterian Lay Committee, Glacier Chorale, community library volunteers, and the Masonic Order and Shrine Clowns.

John had an amazing wit, sharing daily quips, jokes or stories. He always had two or three up his sleeve in case you didn’t like the first one he told.

John is survived by his wife of 66 years; three daughters, Lisa, Leslee and Allyson, a son, Jonathan; four grandchildren, and two and a half great-grandchildren.

Doc was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, fierce friend — he was a special man and our memories of him will live in our hearts forever.

John’s memorial service and celebration of life is planned for Sunday, Nov. 15.

Please call 406-862-2802, the First Presbyterian Church in Whitefish, for details.

Darlington Cremation and Burial Service is caring for John and his family.


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