Lifelong Cheyenne and Sherman county resident Howard G. Forsythe, 82, died Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
He was born Howard Gene Forsythe on July 1, 1930 in St. Francis, Kansas, the son of Florence Cora (Angel) and Howard W. Forsythe. He attended and graduated from St. Francis High School in 1951. After high school he served as a Corporal in the United States Army Reserves and was discharged in 1955. Shortly after he moved to Goodland to begin a career and start a family.
Howard enjoyed elk hunting with his brothers. He had a love for music playing the guitar. He and his friends started a band, The Country Drifters going to various communities to play dances. He spent much of his time rebuilding antique wagons which were used for various community events; carrying Santa during the Christmas Parade, and, many newlyweds used his wagons to carry them after their weddings. He enjoyed horseback riding with his oldest daughter Linda, and team roping with his son Alan. Howard enjoyed the time spent with his four children.
When able, Howard was active in the Moose Lodge, Elks Club, V.F.W. and the American Legion. In the past years he enjoyed traveling and attending senior dances in Wray, Burlington and the surrounding area.
Howard is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ernie and Jerald.
Surviving family members are his children; Linda J. Bishop and husband Kenneth of Kanorado, Kansas, Gary L. Forsythe of Goodland, Kansas, Jolene F. Vignoe and husband Christopher of Louisville, Kentucky, and Alan G. Forsythe of Chicago, Illinois. He is also survived by his siblings; Harvey Forsythe and wife Carol, Larry Forsythe and wife Deanna, and Walter Forsythe and wife Fern all of St. Francis. His sister Allyne Koutz of Delta, Colorado, and three grandchildren; Kale Bishop and his wife Audrey, Andrew Vignoe and Noelle Vignoe, and one great-grandson, Kason Bishop.
Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will be Friday April 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM MT at the Koons Funeral Home in Goodland, Kansas. Inurnment will be beside his mother Florence in the St. Francis Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Howard’s name and sent to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, Kansas 67735.
Friends may shares condolences and sign his register book at www.koonsfuneralhome.com