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Guy W. Forbis

Apr 2, 2013 - Staff

Guy W. Forbis, of Riverton, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. He was 80 years old.

A memorial service with military honors will be in the spring of 2013.

Guy William Forbis was born May 8, 1932, northeast of Riverton, the son of William Roy Forbis and Eliza Amelia Harper (Wright) Forbis. He was born on the original homestead that his father staked on Haymaker Road in the valley.

He spent his childhood on the homestead and graduated from Riverton High School in 1950. He was then drafted into the Army and served until March 1954 when he received an honorable discharge.

After returning from the Army, he again worked on the family farm. On Sept. 24, 1956, he married Mary Lou Evans in Billings, Mont. Together they worked on the farm and raised their family of three boys. He spent his life raising various crops, sheep and cattle. He later started a ranching operation on Sand Draw with his sons and worked the ranch and farm until he retired in 1994.

He belonged to the American Legion and was an Honorary Chapter Farmer of the local FFA Association.

His family said he enjoyed farming, working, fishing, camping with his family at Horse Creek, playing cards and going out to the ranch on Sand Draw. The biggest joy of his life was when family, especially the grandchildren, would get together.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Riverton; sons Kevin William Forbis and his fiancee Colleen Reddon of Riverton and Ed Roy Forbis and his wife Sandy of Williams, Ariz.; stepson Jim Dickinson of Cortez, Colo.; brother John Boyd Forbis and his wife Betty of Riverton; sister Virginia Cantrell of Riverton; mother-in-law Mildred Margaret Evans of Gravity, Iowa; sister-in-law Gayle Ann Christenson and her husband Ron of North Dakota; grandchildren Guy, Doug, Eadie Ann, Sarah, Whitney, Trent, Angelina, Josh, Kina and Dan; 13 great-grandchildren and one expected in August; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eliza; father-in-law Cash Edward Evans; and daughters-in-law Patty Forbis and Eileen Dickinson.

Memorials may be made to the Help For Health Hospice Home in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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