Charles W. Forster, 97, of Orange, passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Sabine House Assisted Living Center in Orange.
Born March 1, 1917 in Rockford, Illinois to Elmer Forster and Blanche (Derthick) Forster, he resided in Orange since 1980 and he had previously lived in Los Angeles, Ca. Charles worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service and then went on to manage the Credit Union of the Postal Service from 1947 until 1980. Charles also served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corp during World War II. During his time in the military as a Staff Sergeant he went on to earn the American Campaign Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and the Word War II Victory Medal. Charles was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Orange. He enjoyed working with stained glass, was an avid gardener and enjoyed basket making. He assisted with the R. C. I. A. program at St. Francis and enjoyed walking at the Northway Park.
Charles married his wife, Ruth on June 18, 1951 and they adopted their sons, Peter and Paul on Jan. 18, 1957.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years, Ruth Forster; grandson, Peter Charles Forster and his brother, Gerald Forster.
Those who will most cherish his memory are his brother in law, John Davis and wife, Betty of Orange; four grandchildren, Craig Forster, Jane Byers, Mark Forster and Erin Forster; 11 great grandchildren; nephews, Rodney Davis, Carl Davis and Don Davis and also numerous members of his extended family.
Services to honor Charles’ life will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, Feb. 19, at a Mass of the Resurrection at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Orange, with Father Tom Phelan, serving as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial, military honors and entombment will follow the mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Orange.
A gathering of Charles’s family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Wednesday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, with a Christian wake service to be held at 6:00 P.M.
Honoring Charles as pallbearers are Craig Forster, Rodney Davis, Mark Forster, Greg Byers, Carl Davis and John Davis. Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Loftin and Jack Oldani.
The family wishes to thank Charles’ nephew, Rodney Davis for looking after and caring for Charles since the passing of Mrs. Ruth.
For those who desire memorial contributions, please make a donation in memory of Charles to the Building Fund at St. Francis Catholic Church, 4300 Meeks Drive, Orange, Texas 77632.
Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.