Thomas Edward Forrest, 61, of Slippery Rock Township, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, while visiting family in Alexandria, Va. He was amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and serviceman.
Born in Grove City on Feb. 22, 1957, he was the son of Thomas H. and Berta M. (Winger) Forrest.
He married Amy Beth Fedor of Feb. 25, 1977. They where married for 41 years.
Tom worked for Cooper Energy for 23 years as a machinist until its closing. Later he was employed as a correctional officer for 5 years and then he became a State Parole Agent with the PA Board of Parole until his retirement.
He recently received his master's degree in criminal justice from Slippery Rock University and was soon to start teaching criminology at Clarion University.
Tom and his wife Amy attended Park Gate Baptist Church, Ellwood City.
He enjoyed his family and spending time with them, especially his grandson Maxwell. He enjoyed the Christmas season and his Christmas light display he worked on every year.
An Iraqi Freedom veteran, he retired from the Pennsylvania National Guard as a first sergeant with 29 years of honorable service. He was awarded his combat service patch with the 16th MP Airborne Brigade. He was also awarded these Army awards: Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, PA Meritorious Service Medal, PA Commendational Medal, and several other awards. He was a member of the 107th FA and was an instructor for the 166th Regt Combat Arms. He was also a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara for his lifetime commitment to Field Artillery.
He was proud to be a lifetime member of the VFW Post 6231, Slippery Rock and was a member of the American Legion Post 393, Slippery Rock. He was also a member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 92 in Pittsburgh.
Survivors include his wife, Amy, at home; his sons, Benjamin Forrest and wife Lisa, Alexandria, Va., Brandon Forrest and wife Jennifer, Ellwood City; grandson, Maxwell Thomas Forrest, Alexandria, Va.; three sisters, Tammi Barkley and husband Bob, New Castle, Susan Ifft and husband Tom, Port St Lucie, Fla. and Donna Mcfeaters and husband Rick, Sandy Lake. Many loving nieces, nephews and cousins also survive Tom.
He was preceded in death by his mother Berta M. Gould, father Thomas H. Forrest, stepmother, Dorothy Forrest, and nephew Carl Felix.
Tom was a kind and giving man who will greatly missed by his family and friends. His family is proud of his honorable service to our nation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Tom's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Published on February 27, 2018