Forrest Edward Kelly
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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 Sep. 2, 2018.
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September 7, 2018
Hugs to Ruby and family! I have fond memories of Forrest in church from when I was little. God bless.
Brenda Liebman-Thorp
September 4, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Connie Margeson
September 4, 2018
Dear Ruby & Family My condolences and remorse for the loss of Forest not just to you but he community he shared his love with.I visited Forest last at the 2016 School reunion' He greeted me with "there's the man with a smile!" Well Forest could elicit a smile from Grinch!!The self described introvert Shared his smile and love for Christ with all.
Heavens gain, the worlds loss. Rest in peace Forest Don Lutz class of 50
September 4, 2018
Ruby, you and Forrest are loved by many. I am so thankful you both have been brought into my life so many years ago. Forrest touch my soul with his sweet gentle spirit and whimsical smile. I love the moments that have been shared. We will all miss him very much. Love you
Tani Zarelli
September 4, 2018
Ruby, please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Evelyn Dunn and Victoria, Janet & Tara
September 3, 2018
A loving man, a loving husband, friend to all -- surely will be missed.
Bonnie and Larry Welte
September 3, 2018
Ruby and family,so sorry for your loss, may god look over you at this time. You and yours are in our prayers. Caroline Summers and family.
September 3, 2018
He was a loving man and will be missed.There is peace in knowing he is with our Jesus.
September 3, 2018
One of the Quiring girls....
I will miss Forrest. It seems strange that he is no longer on earth. Throughout the years, I've enjoyed his company playing pinochle at parties we used to have, playing volleyball, going to church together. You were a good man, and your love for Christ was evident in your life. Glad this is not the end. Eternity awaits.
Shirley Mozena
September 3, 2018
Forrest was the salt of the earth. I worked with Forrest at the Post Office and he was loved and respected by all. Forrest was a gentle, kind person who leaves a legacy of treating everyone equally with love and respect. May he rest in peace.
James Connolly
September 2, 2018
Pop! Thank you for taking me in as one of your own! You gave me the experience of FATHER that I never would have had otherwise. Thank you for teaching me to play baseball and basketball and for all of the times that you would come home after work to help me get better. Thank you for coming to my games and for teaching me about "Family". Thank you for your unconditional LOVE. Thank you for being such a gift to so many! What an amazing Earth Walk you did... I know your Heaven Walk will be even more amazing because of it. You will be so missed but the Ancestors on the other side just got a really good addition! I love you.
Lori Kramer
September 2, 2018
Forrest, I'll always have fond memories of our childhood together in Orchards. Save a place up their for an old friend. Ron
Ronald Myers
September 2, 2018
My sincerest sympathies for Ruby who we have been friends since riding school bus #5 to BGHS (class of 54). Forrest was a fellow soldier, postal worker and true gentleman who will be missed for his positive views on life and devotion to his God.
Harry O White, Jr
September 2, 2018
So long Forrest,I am glad we were at the Union reunion in 2017, it was good seeing you again after so many years have passed since our high school days at Evergreen.Rest in peace my friend.
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