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Donald Forness

Aug. 31, 1927-Nov. 12, 2011

Former Perham resident Donald W. Forness, 84, of Moorhead, died Saturday, November 12, 2011 at River Pointe in Moorhead.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Moorhead, with pastors Bruce Noenning and Carl Nobel officiating.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Korsmo Funeral Home in Moorhead and at the church one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Donald Wayne Forness was born to Helmer and Olga (Wold) Forness on August 31, 1927 near Walcott, N.D. He was raised on a farm near Abercrombie, N.D., graduated from Abercrombie High School in 1945.

Don was united in marriage to Marilyn Czichotzki in 1952 in Detroit Lakes. They made their home in Moorhead, and Don worked for Manchester Biscuit Co., World Book Encyclopedia and, for 28 years, the animal health division of Pfizer, Inc.

In 1966, the family moved to Groton, S.D., and later to Mitchell, S.D. Upon Don's retirement, they moved to Marion Lake near Perham, and wintered at New Braunfels, Texas. Don and Marilyn had recently moved to River Pointe in Moorhead.

In addition to being a family man, Don was an avid outdoorsman, gardener, sports lover -- most notably, golf -- a proud Democrat, a well seasoned traveler and, finally, he never heard an Ole and Lena joke he didn't retell. Don and Marilyn cultivated life-long friends in every community in which they lived.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marilyn of Moorhead; children Craig Forness, DeNise Forness, Susan (Jan) Hartwick and Lynnea Forness; granddaughter, Kimberly (Justin) Bawek; great grandchildren, Shea Marilyn and Nolan Donald Bawek; sisters, Marilyn Hendrickson and Jeannette (Jerome "Bud") Rindahl; as well as brother and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; nephews, Mark Hendrickson and Bradley Rindahl; a brother-in-law, James Hendrickson; and his faithful companions, Snooze and Duke.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley. Furey Funeral Home of Frazee is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at