Gerald Jay Forbes, 81, of Lone Tree, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013, at Pioneer Park in Lone Tree. Funeral services were held March 25 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lone Tree. Father Michael Spiekermeier presided, assisted by Cluster Coordinator Carol Kaalberg. Burial was in the Lone Tree Cemetery with full military rites provided by the Lone Tree American Legion Post 457.
Memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice in Gerald’s name. Online condolences for the Forbes family may be sent to www.lewisfuneralhomes.com .
Gerald Jay Forbes was born on March 10, 1932, in rural Louisa County. He was the oldest son of Daris L. and Irene (Mincer) Forbes. He attended a rural Louisa County country school, and then graduated from Lone Tree High School in 1949. In 1953, he joined the Army reserves, and served for nine years. On June 15, 1953, Gerald was united in marriage to Betty Bekker at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lone Tree. Gerald farmed all his life south of Lone Tree, and moved into town in 1991. He was on the Farmers and Merchants Bank Board for 30 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 457, and served as a township trustee for Fremont Township.
Local survivors include his daughter Linda J. (Larry) Marsh and his brother Loren R. (Janet) Forbes, both of North Liberty.