Ray “Frank” Franklin Forester

Ray “Frank” Franklin Forester, age 83, of Murray City, Ohio, passed away September 15, 2019 at O’Bleness Hospital in Athens Ohio.

Frank was born June 27, 1936 in New Straitsville, Ohio to Herman B. Forester and Nellie Mae (Coakley) Forester. He was a US Army Veteran; and a member of the American Legion in Murray City, VFW in Nelsonville, and Eagles in Logan. He liked to play pool, Poker and Texas Hold’em in his free time, and enjoyed wood working.

Surviving are his wife, Alice; daughter Diana Forester of New Straitsville, Ohio; son Chuck Swackhamer of New Straitsville, Ohio; daughter Deb Swackhamer of New Straitsville, Ohio; brothers, Bobby Joe Forester and Lee Roy (Ellen) Forester of New Straitsville, Ohio; sisters, Delores Coakley of Upper Sandusky, Ohio and Marlene Rutter of Logan, Ohio; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several cousins; several neices and nephews; friends; and other relatives.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Pam Hinkle; brother Dannie Forester; and sisters, Nancy Starr and Shirley McLaughlin.

Funeral services were held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 20, 2019, at the Brown Funeral Home, Murray City, Ohio with Rev. Mike Martin officiating. Burial was in New Straitsville Cemetery, New Straitsville, Ohio.

Calling hours were observed 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday September 19, 2019 and 10 to 11 A.M. on Friday September 20, 2019 at the funeral home.

The Murray City American Legion held a memorial service on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home.

The military graveside services were conducted by the combined color guard.