Funeral services were held today at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Pastor Renee AuMiller officiated. Burial was in the Cedar Cemetery at Larrabee. There was a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday.Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday with the family present from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left www.boothbyfuneral.com
Forrest was born on Sept. 4, 1913 in Grand Meadow Township, Cherokee County, to Harry and Blanche (Pixler) Smith. He attended Grand Meadow Schools. He was married to Leona Morton on Nov. 16, 1936 at Storm Lake. To this union, two daughters were born Janet and Karen.
Forrest was a farm hand; the family living on the Montgomery farm, 1/2 mile south of Larrabee for 55 years. Forrest saw many changes in farming with horses to tractors with cabs. He enjoyed life, loved riding horses, bowling, and working in his workshop. He created many things from wood. Leona would design them and he would make it. His daughters and grandchildren have many treasures made by their Grandpa. He moved from the farm to Assisted Living for one year, then moved to the nursing home. He was a member of the Larrabee United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leona on Dec. 8, 2004, two sons-in-law Paul Schimmer in 1983 and Lester Donaldson in 2000, four brothers Oscar, Bert, Ralph and Earl; three sisters Pearl Dwyer, Eleanor Kintigh and Bonnie McCannon.
He is survived by his two daughters: Janet Kay Schimmer of Storm Lake; Karen Lee Donaldson of Cleghorn; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters: June Raper of Sutherland; Anna Belle McKenzie of Collins; also many nieces and nephews.