MISHAWAKA, Ind. — Clinton Delbert Forsyth, 84, of Mishawaka, Ind., died at Wellbrooke Memory Care in South Bend, Ind., on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, surrounded by family.
A memorial visitation and services will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home and Crematory, 2320 Black Road, Joliet. All are invited to the Chicago Street Grill in Joliet after the visitation and services to continue the celebration of his life. Private inurnment will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
Mr. Forsyth was born Nov. 26, 1934, in Viola, Ill., to the late Fred and Berneice (Lawless) Forsyth. He served in the U.S. Army, graduated from Eureka College with a degree in education and earned his master’s degree and advanced certificate from the University of Illinois. On Dec. 26, 1970, he married Kathy O’Connell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold Dean and Walter Forsyth; and two brothers-in-law, Jerry McGirk and Pat O’Connell.
Besides his wife, he is survived by five children, Cathy (Freddy) Moore, Deb (Anselmo Jr.) Hernandez, Brad Forsyth, Jodi Forsyth and Bret (Lindsey) Forsyth; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his sister, Marlene McGirk; sister-in-law Rosemary Forsyth; brothers and sisters-in-law Dale and Karen O’Connell, Mike and Ginny Deegan, Mike and Tina O’Connell, and Bill and Denise O’Connell; sister-in-law Sue O’Connell; and numerous adoring nieces and nephews.
Mr. Forsyth impacted many lives as a coach, teacher, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and neighbor. He was the embodiment of family, of sacrificed love and of character.
He did things without waiting to be asked or seeking to be recognized. And because of this, his life blessed others in countless ways. He taught us all that in a world of too much stuff and too little time, life could really be so simple. It’s about showing up when you’re needed, talking less, doing more and being a gift to others just by being you.
Special thanks to both the staff of the Wellbrooke Memory Care Unit and the Center for Hospice Care, who too such wonderful care of our loved one.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his name to: Wellbrooke Memory Care, 52565 State Road 933, South Bend, IN 46637; Center for Hospice, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or the Alzheimer’s Association.