Robert O. “Bob” Forsea, 82, a longtime Richland resident, died May 9, 2001, at his home.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Carrol McIntosh of the Nazarene Church at Redmond will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mr. Forsea was born on Sept. 25, 1918, at Home. He married Mary Vandecar on July 24, 1948, at Weiser, Idaho.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3048, and a life member of the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338.
He was a Baker County rancher his entire life, working beside his father, Dan, and his brother, Walt. They began business on the Snake River and then moved to Richland in 1958.
In his later years, he enjoyed having lunch with friends and family at a restaurant in Richland. Many times recently he mentioned that he missed doing the irrigating on the ranch. According to Mr. Forsea, irrigating was a good job. This quiet, sweet, gentle man will be missed by many.
Survivors include his brothers, Harold Forsea of Sacramento and Walter Forsea and his wife, Norma, of Richland; a sister, Pearl DuMars and her husband, Vern, of Richland; a daughter, Karen Ghrist, and her husband, Richard, of Baker City; a son, John R. Long; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Blanche Forsea; his wife, Mary; and a sister, Margaret.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance or EMTs through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 18, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor