Donald “Don” Forness

Donald “Don” Forness
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Donald “Don” T. Forness, 92, of Belleville, IL, born February 26, 1930, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Four Fountains, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Forness served in the United States military as a former Navy service member in Korea from 1948-1953. He was a former supervisor test technician for Emerson Electrical-ESCO, where he worked for 33 years and later retired from.

Don was a loyal member of St. Mary Catholic Church and belonged to the St. Mary Athletic Club, the St. Mary Men’s Club and served as a former president and treasurer. Don was involved in SAVE (St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, Inc.) Boosters Club for 30 years. He was a lector for St. Mary since 1964 and money counter since 1970. Don was a member and former president of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores, nee Middendorf, Forness, whom he married on November 24, 1955; his parents, Nicholas and Marie, nee Ewald, Forness; a sister at birth, Virginia Forness; and a sister-in-law, Audrey Forness.

Surviving are his two sons, Michael (Jan) Forness and Daniel (Karen) Forness; a daughter, Donna Marie Forness; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Nicholas J. Forness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SAVE (St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, Inc.) or St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 25, 2022, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be held at a later date.


10 Comments on Donald “Don” Forness

Charles Hanes said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2024 at 12:21 PM

I worked with Don at Emerson in Washington Park Illinois. He was a great friend and a family man. I remember his badge number at Emerson 69869. You could turn it upside down and it read the same he will be missed.

  • Glen Carbon
  • Il
Mark A Eros said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2022 at 11:27 AM

Don was a fixture of St Mary Parish. Whether he was was reading the Passion on Palm Sunday & ..the names of the deceased at the Mens Club Memorial Mass. Or telling jokes from his Reader Digest Collection & dressed in drag as a girls group singer at Mena Club Christmas, or working @ theParish Festival Poker Stand. Don was a great guy. God, grant Don Everlasting Life. .

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jon and Denise Calabra said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2022 at 7:24 PM

It was a pleasure to have "Pierre" serve us champagne at our wedding 42 years ago! Our condolences on your loss, he will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
john bouc said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2022 at 8:54 AM

I have known Don for about 20 years through St. Mary's, ever since I moved to Belleville and soon married my wife, Carla, there. Don is the happiest, brightest, most cheerful and upbeat man in the parish by my account. His voice and his personality exuded Christ's friendship. Personally, I also will forever feel connected as a long-time, fellow lector at St. Mary's, a ministry which both of us greatly respected. God bless you Don and may God bless the whole family. The John and Carla Bouc family are united with you all in prayer.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
K-Jean Belleville Welch said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2022 at 8:24 AM

so sorry to hear about Don. He was one of my dads best friends since they were young. He will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jo Ann Nadler said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2022 at 6:04 AM

Don was I great man. I knew him and Delores through their daughter, Donna. I was one of her teachers at East. What a wonderful family!

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Jack Oesterle,Jr. said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 9:49 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss! "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him" Mary & Jack Oesterle,Jr.

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Peggy Whitlow said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2022 at 8:04 PM

I send my most heartfelt condolences to Donna and her family on the loss of her father. Donna and her father made warm connections with the residents of The Atrium of Belleville. May Don Rest In Peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rosie Gwinn said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2022 at 11:45 AM

What a great man. Thanks to the family for sharing him with us at the Atrium.He will missed. Sending love and prayers to the family.

  • belleville
  • il
Kathleen McDade Draper said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 6:19 PM

Please accept my condolences. May you feel God's love and strength to keep you . RIP Don God Bless

  • Belleville
  • IL

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