Donald R. Forhan, Sr.

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Donald “Dugan” Richard Forhan, Sr., 88, of Belleville, IL, born July 15, 1931, in East St. Louis, IL, died on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at his residence.

Don was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean War. He worked for Allstate Insurance Company before his retirement. He was a former member of the Parish Council and Father’s Club at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL. Don was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the East St. Louis Rotary Club. He was a current member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, where he attended daily Mass and served as an usher. Don’s Catholic faith was very important to him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William F. and Esther H., nee Robben, Forhan; two brothers, William and Raymond (Dorothy) Forhan; a son-in-law, Richard Bunetic; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Bernice, nee O’Keefe, Derfler; and three brothers-in-law, Robert Derfler, Donald (Rose Ann) Derfler, and Patrick Derfler.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Jean A., nee Derfler, Forhan, whom he married on October 25, 1952;
his children, Kathleen Bunetic of Swansea, IL,
Jeanne (Thomas) Krippene of Creve Coeur, MO,
Patrick (Linda) Forhan of Pocahontas, IL,
Mark (Cindy) Forhan of St. Charles, MO,
Maureen (Michael) Smith of Charleston, IL,
and Donald Jr. (Laura) Forhan of Swansea, IL;
23 grandchildren;
7 great-grandchildren;
two sisters-in-law, Mildred Forhan and Roselle Derfler;
and many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made in the form of masses for Don or contributions to St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020, with military honors at 9:50 a.m., at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 1, 2020, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, at a later date.




10 Comments on Donald R. Forhan, Sr.

Jeanette Manion said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2020 at 2:27 PM

Three of the many things I think of him; his wit, his love of family and his constant love of God. Sunday morning breakfasts will never, ever be the same without my “Superman” and “Dapper Dan.” I treasure each and every Sunday I was blessed to be with man and lovely wife, Jean. I am comforted to know my treasured friend made it straight to detours for “Doogie.”

  • Belleville
  • IL
Margaret Wells said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2020 at 10:04 PM

I will miss walking him to his car every Sunday (and making sure he doesn't fall getting communion )

  • Belleville
  • IL
Brian Boehle said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2020 at 6:25 PM

We are so sorry for your loss! We are thinking of you and praying for you and your family!! Sending Love, The Boehle’s

  • Saint Charles
  • MO
John and Michelle Porter said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2020 at 4:50 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. No words truly help but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  • Elberfeld
  • Indiana_47613
Mary & Tony Barberia said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2020 at 12:46 AM

Our prayers, hugs and love go out to Jeanne, Tom and family along with the rest of this beautiful family. Dugan was a special person and know that He has a special place in heaven by God’s side.

  • Mooresville
  • NC
Brent Darr said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2020 at 6:57 PM

So sorry for you loss. I am praying for you and your family. Mr. Forhan always had a smile on his face and always made me laugh.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Trinas Neely said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2020 at 4:55 PM

Your Allstate Family is praying for you.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Patrick Derfler said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2020 at 3:44 PM

My heartfelt condolences and love to my Aunt Jean and all my cousins. Our loss is heaven’s gain, but I sure am gonna miss that guy. Uncle Dugan was something special!

  • University City
  • MO
Jo Ann Nadler said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2020 at 10:38 PM

So sorry for your loss. Mr Forhan was a great guy! Always smiling! He will be missed!

  • Swansea
  • IL
Debbie Larkin said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2020 at 7:01 PM

Aunt Jean and family , My love and sympathy to you all. He will be missed ! I can’t imagine the reunion he is having with my dad! The stories those two told They kept us laughing for sure. He will be missed, but remembered always . Love Debbie

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL

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