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Forrest R. Douglass
July 13, 1930 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Forrest Ray Douglass, 93, of South Beaver Twp. passed away peacefully in his sleep under the care of Good Samaritan Hospice, Saturday, January 6, 2024.
Forrest was born in East Liverpool, OH to Leland Ray and Thecil Mildred (Pearson) Douglass on July 13, 1930. He graduated from Beaver Falls High School, where he developed his interest in photography and entered the U.S. Air Force in the autumn of 1948. He was trained as a ground photographer and lab technician and with more training became classified as a Senior Aerial Photographer. He served in that role until honorably discharged in 1952 with the rank of Sgt. The Air Force was a great experience for him and he had many entertaining stories about his various station assignments in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, England, Europe and Newfoundland.
Forrest, also known as Bub (Uncle), Doug (Uncle), Dad and Hon, was hired by Michael Baker, Jr., a civil engineering company creating an aerial photography team way before there was GPS. He worked for the company 42 years, the first 20 with his good friend, pilot Dave Metheny and then the rest, as photo lab supervisor. After building their first house, Forrest became ‘Hon’ marrying Eva Lillian Psik on May19, 1956 in the Campbell Memorial U.P. Church where they first met. They started their family in 1958. But before that Doug completely embraced Eva’s little brother and sister, John and Millie, respectively.
Forrest was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Darlington where for many years he served as an Elder and taught an adult Sunday school class. He was a member of Parian Lodge # 662 F & AM, reaching the 32nd degree and a Beaver Falls Elks Club Life member. Before retirement, Doug joined the Beaver Valley Wood Carvers Club so he’d have something to do afterwards.
Following retirement Forrest worked part-time at McElwain Motors and then delved into the world of kitchen gadgets, helping Eva garden, and, cooking his favorite meal of the day, breakfast.
Doug and Eva always took the kids on camping or history-oriented vacations in the summer times and with buddies, Len, Sonny and Jim, did build a small cabin ‘in the mountains’ of Forest County, PA which was a favorite family get away. Doug began his life-long interest in wood-working when the kids were little. He made many cherished and functional pieces of furniture as well as small useful items that both he and Eva created jointly for family gifts through the years. His wood carving sometimes ventured into the humorous.
He will be sadly missed by his two children, Beth Douglass (Jere Maddux), Ames, IA, Brian (Kim) Douglass, South Beaver Twp., PA and his sister, Lorena L. Ellefson, Chippewa, PA, his granddaughter, Nicole Douglass, East Palestine, OH, grandson, Joshua (Chelsea) Douglass, Glenshaw, PA and 3 great grandchildren, Sean Hutton, Jr., Owen Hutton and Kyle Douglass. He is remembered fondly by his in-laws/outlaws, nieces, nephews and cousins for his sense of humor or sometimes, lack thereof, his generosity and loyalty, conversations and very much with Eva in the hospitality they shared with their related families and friends.
Forrest was preceded in death by his wife, Eva L. Douglass in 2020 and his brothers Kenneth V. Douglass and Keith J. Douglass.
The family offers thanks to all the caregivers that served Forrest at Beaver Valley Rehab and Healthcare. And, very much gratitude is extended to Good Samaritan Hospice and their staff, Jessica, Renee, Ashley, Nicole and Dawn for their care and kindness.
Memorials may include the First United Presbyterian Church in Darlington or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the HILL AND KUNSELMAN FUNERAL HOME, www.hillandkunselman.com , 3801 Fourth Ave., Beaver Falls. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at First United Presbyterian Church in Darlington with Chaplain Coronel Gary Brown, U.S. Army retired, officiating. Interment will follow in Seceder Cemetery in South Beaver Twp.