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Frederick L. Forbush
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    1381 Cleaver Road
    Caro, MI 48723

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“I just heard about Fred's passing. Fred was my Union president at Means and more recently a friend of mine over on Welsh St. My condolences to the...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: mark truett

“Diane and Family, So sorry for your loss. Fred was such a caring, generous man and he will be greatly missed. Blake and I really enjoyed our visits...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Renae & Blake Kerr - Vassar, MI

“From everyone at Vassar True Value, our condolences to Fred's family. We will truly miss Fred's presence in the store, he was always a great...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Adam Barden - Vassar, MI

“Very sorry for your loss. Condolences from our family to yours. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Dean P. Cook - Vassar, MI

“Dianne& Fred Baby sit my 2 kids for about 10 yrs, we were very blessed to have such great & caring people,my kids always enjoyed going there. even...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Gary & Carol wilcox - vassar, MI

“Like so many families and children in Vassar, both Fred and Diane were not only daycare providers -but bonus grandparents to our children! Fred drove...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Traci Leveille - Vassar, MI

“Fred and Diane are great people. We are so sorry to see Fred pass. When we moved to the area we were welcomed as if we were family. Fred was quite...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Dan & Nancy Zuzula - Vassar, MI

“Diane and Family, Sorry to hear of your unexpected loss...Fred will be sincerely missed but not forgotten. Our girls loved Fred and always loved...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Kevin Bohunsky - Vassar - Friend

9 of 14 | Posted by: RALPH ARMSTRONG - APEX, NC

“Our daughter is one of many lucky children that have Diane and Fred in her life. We sat her down last night to explain the best we could what...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Jenny LaPratt - Vassar, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Patrick Mary Lou Finn - Vassar, MI

“We are so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. It broke our hearts this morning. He will be greatly missed by so many people especially those kids that...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: The Licavoli's - Vassar, MI

“Diane used to baby-sit my children. When I picked Taylor and Aaron up from Fred and Diane's house they would at times be so happy. I found out that...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Terry Hecht - Vassar, MI - Friend

“Fred will be greatly missed. It's not everyday you meet someone who makes such an amazing impression on your heart, but he did just that with my...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Paula Walker - Vassar, MI

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Frederick Lee Forbush, age 73 years, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. He was born on March 17, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of the late Leo and Theresa (Alberts) Forbush. Fred married Diane Korthals on December 5, 1964, and she survives him.

Fred joined the U.S Navy in 1959 where he was later honorably discharged. He worked for Vassar Manufacturing later named Means Industrial, as a tool and die maker for 46 years. During his time there he served as president of the local union. Fred was most recently employed as manager of Manor Ridge Apartments in Vassar. He enjoyed flying radio control airplanes, boating and his annual trips on cruise ships with family and friends.

Surviving family include his wife of 49 years, Diane; two children, Bethany (Klair) Bierlein of Frankenmuth and Mark (Amy) Forbush of Birch Run; grandchildren, Kirsten and Kaleb Bierlein, Marie (Paul) Kienitz, Christina Van Luchene and Alexandria and Tabitha Forbush; five great-grandchildren and a sister, Debbie Frontera of Atlanta, Georgia. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Frederick "Rick" Forbush and two sisters, Annette Schneider and Gail Dittenberg.

Funeral and committal services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014, at St. Luke's Ev. Lutheran Church, 916 W. Huron Ave. in Vassar. Pastor Christopher White officiating. The family will greet friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St. in Vassar. Fred will lie in state at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials contributions to Highland Pines School in Caro or the Mid-Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.