William (Bill) Forrester, 79, of Oquawka, passed away at 7:23 PM Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington.
Bill was born June 6, 1942, in Dekalb, IL. He was the son of Allen Ray and Evelyn Kelley Forrester. On September 11, 1965, Bill married Gwendolyn (Gwen) Casey in Geneva, IL.
Bill started in the workforce as a Garbage Collector. After being injured on the job, he later became a long distance truck driver until his retirement.
Bill could usually be found working in the garage, working in the yard or watching westerns from the comfort of his favorite chair. He also had fun times going to yard sales with the grandkids after retirement. He loved his family and would drop everything to help when needed.
Survivors include his three daughters, Nicol "Nikki" (Tony) Rettig of Burlington, IA. Sonia "Cissy" Forrester Hainds of Oquawka, IL. Billie Jean (Carmella Farrell) Forrester of Chicago, IL.; 6 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; brother, Tim Forrester of New Albany, IN; three brothers-in-law, Ronald Casey, Bud Casey both of Oquawka, IL and Edward Murphy of New Albany, IN; two sisters-in-law, Wanda Casey, Carol Casey both of Oquawka, IL.
Preceded in death by both of his parents and his wife Gwen, his brother’s David Forrester, Terry Forrester, Dennis Forrester, his sister’s Shirley (Forrester) Lawson and Mary (Forrester) Murphy.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.
Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM with the family to receive friends on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.
The memorial service for Mr. Forrester will be 2:00 PM Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home. A time of food and fellowship will be held at the Masonic Lodge, located at 804 North 4th Street inOquawka, IL, following the service. The Masonic Lodge is an alcohol free venue, alcohol will not be allowed.
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