Forrest Dean Maness of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on October 23, 2017, having reached the age of eighty-four years, one month and nineteen days. Forrest was born in St. Louis, MO, on September 4, 1933, son of Ford Wilson Maness, Sr. and Marjorie Belle Maness nee Lollar. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have five children. In later years, he was blessed to have five more children he loved as his own. Forrest is survived by his children, Mitchell Maness of Guam, Robin Bell, Leann Gratzer and husband, Bruce, Rene' Obie and husband, Dan, and Deanna Wirt and husband, Mike, all of St. Clair, MO, Roni Krolak and husband, Dave, of Union, MO, Mark Wishnask and wife, Mel, of St. Clair, Ann Reynolds and husband, Merle, of Collbran, CO and Tracy Neely and husband, Mark, of Jackson, MO; by sixteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Forrest was preceded in death by his parents, Ford, Sr. and Marjorie Maness; by his former wife and friend, Edna Maness nee Findley; by one daughter, Lisa Wishnask; by one grandson, Michael Mueller; by four brothers, Ford, Jr., Lee, Harry and James Maness, and by two sisters, infant Glee Maness and Patricia Poeschel.
Forrest was a devoted Christian and instilled in his family the importance of believing and trusting in God with your whole heart. He was a current member of the St. Clair United Methodist Church and past long time member of the First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army, entering November 9, 1953 and receiving his honorable discharge on November 8, 1955. After his discharge from the military he was employed at Chrysler Daimler Corporation in Fenton, MO, retiring after over twenty-five years of service to the company. He was also a retiree of the United Auto Workers, Local 110 of Fenton, MO. Nothing was more important to Forrest than his family and he was happiest when he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He always managed to come up with a nick name for each of them and they all felt special. He enjoyed working in his yard and caring for his home, lending a helping hand to the children whenever they needed it. Watching wrestling was a favorite pastime throughout his life. He was kind and soft spoken man with an open heart to love all his children equally.
A devoted and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating. Interment with full military honors was held at Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO.