Forrest Edward Kelly

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  • "Hugs to Ruby and family! I have fond memories of Forrest in..."
    - Brenda Liebman-Thorp
  • "May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of..."
    - Connie Margeson
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    - Tani Zarelli
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August 13, 1933 ~ August 4, 2018

Forrest Edward Kelly, 84, of Battle Ground, WA, beloved husband of Ruby (Summers) Kelly, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018, at his home. Forrest, a life-long resident of Clark County was born August 13, 1933, in Vancouver, WA to the late Woodrow and Annie Kelly. He graduated from Evergreen High School, in 1951, where he played football, basketball, track and baseball.
Forrest joined the U.S. Army and served in El Paso, TX.
The family returned to Vancouver and he worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter-carrier for over 30 years. Family and church played a large role in his life. He was baptized at Brush Prairie Baptist and a founding member of Felida Baptist. He supported many other churches, missionaries and served on the Board of the Dunes Bible Camp.
Learning new things interested him,
and although an introvert, he showed love
to people through finding ways to discover
and encourage their hopes, dreams and interest.
He enjoyed sports, history, geography, yardwork, weeding, serving others and helping children. He loved attending sporting events for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other families (Reddington, Moller and Uskoski).
Forrest is survived by: Ruby of 64 years; four children: Karen Raetz (Randy) of Vancouver, WA, Cheryl Mockford (Jim) of Portland, OR, Marilyn Jackson (Michael) of Kent, WA and Mark Kelly (Shelly) of Battle Ground, WA; extra-daughter, Lori Krammer (Pat); grandchildren: Christopher Mockford (Lynn), Margaret Baron (Michael), Nathaniel Raetz (Jennifer), Robert Jackson, Elizabeth Raetz, Jenny Farmer (Jacob), Catherine Robison (Jordan), Steven Jackson (Marie), Nicholas Raetz (Eva), Samuel Kelly, and Micah Kelly; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Glenn Kelly (Miriam); and several relatives and cousins with a thank you to cousin Lynn who helped during his last weeks.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Laura Mockford (August 24, 1984-August 13, 1999).
Please join the family for a Celebration of Life, Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 2p.m. at Vancouver Church, 3300 NE 78th Street, Vancouver, WA.
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 2, 2018
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