Leroy Forness

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Leroy C. Forness, 89, of Belleville, IL, born July 12, 1930, in Nashville, TN, died Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at Four Fountains Convalescent Center, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Forness was the former owner of Keil Heating and Cooling Company. He was a member of Cathedral of Saint Peter, Belleville, IL, and the Althoff Catholic High School Fathers & Friends Club. He was a founding member and well-known caller for Althoff Bingo. Leroy was a United States Army Korean War veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Mary Jane, nee Meirink, Forness, whom he married on October 11, 1956, and who died on February 1, 2003; his parents, Theodore S. and Marie R., nee Schuetz, Forness; and a brother, Richard (Helen) Forness.

Surviving are his children, David C. (Diana) Forness, Kevin L. (Rita) Forness,
Karen S. Corcoran, and John J. Forness;
six grandchildren, Elizabeth (Bobby Gordon) Forness, Lauri Forness,
Adam (Melanie) Forness, Amber Forness, Joseph (Rachel) Corcoran, and Christine Corcoran;
three great-grandchildren, Brayden, Breccan, and Ara Laine;
a sister, Joanne Guetterman;
a sister-in-law, Alice Twenhoefel;
a brother-in-law, Leo Stauder;
and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, Belleville, IL, the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or to the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: A private family visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial with military honors will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, at a later date.



15 Comments on Leroy Forness

margie schwartz said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2020 at 3:19 PM

Please accept my sympathy. Leroy was always a very friendly gentleman. I was able to enjoy him for many years along with my husband, Pat, through Althoff Bingo. May Leroy rest in peace.

  • belleville
  • illinois
Diane (Meirink) Diekemper said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2020 at 8:19 PM

Dear All, It is with great sadness that I read of the passing of your dad, my Uncle Lee this week. Your dad was kind, generous, and had a great sense of humor. He was especially comforting to us when our parents, Art and Francis, passed many years ago. May your many wonderful fond memories sustain you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Diane Diekemper

  • Belleville
  • IL
Michele Albertina said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2020 at 4:09 PM

Dave, So sorry for the loss of your father. Prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Bradley Dunn, OFS said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2020 at 4:13 AM

With sadness I learned of dear Leroy's death, and offer my condolences to his family, and promise of prayers for the repose of his soul. Leroy and his beloved wife, Mary Jane, were devoted Adorers of Our Lord Jesus Christ, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, from the beginning of the opening of our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Teresa Catholic Church, in June, 1999. Leroy and Mary Jane, who both were blessed with creative artistic talents, generously shared those gifts by serving as the Adoration Chapel's "Floral Decor" team, making sure that Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, in Exposition on the Altar, was honored with beautiful floral arrangements around the Altar. Leroy shared with me, some weeks following his beloved wife's death, that shortly before Mary Jane died, she told him, "don't forget about our Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!", and asked him to carry on with their ministry at the Adoration Chapel. And so Leroy did, faithfully and cheerfully, serving at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel as our "Floral Design guy". Leroy, over many years, donated countless hours of his time, financial resources, and much energy, in this volunteer role, until age and declining health prevented him from being able to continue. Thank you, Leroy, our dear brother in Christ, for all your help in keeping the Perpetual Adoration Chapel a place of beauty for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament! You kept your promise to your dear wife, Mary Jane, and to the Lord Jesus. You faithfully adored His hidden, but True Presence, in the Holy Eucharist. You received His Body and Blood in Holy Communion. And now, may you see Him, our Lord Jesus Christ, face-to-face, and, along with Mary Jane, live in His Eternal Rest and Perpetual Light!

  • Belleville
  • IL-Illinois
Joanne Altepeter jung said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 10:23 PM

So sorry about your dad’s passing, Dave..and your father-in-law, Diana!! Difficult time for you and your girls!! Prayers and virtual hugs to you all!!

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
Janet Rolek said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 9:45 PM

My very deepest sympathy to his family and many friends. May Leroy now Rest In Peace.?

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Janet Rolek said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 9:41 PM

Everyone liked Leroy so much. He was a caring and kind person. He will be missed. My sympathy to his family and many friends. ?

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Larry & Linda Wessels said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 6:21 PM

It is sad when you lose a parent or grandparent and we send our deepest condolences to all the Forness family. God Bless you all.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 11:03 AM

Please accept my condolences for Leroy. I met him thru PSOP. He was very sweet and always had a smile on his face. RIP Mr. Forness

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 9:45 AM

Joanne, Sorry for your loss. You & entire family are in our prayers.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Sheila Meyer said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 8:32 AM

I am so sorry for your loss! Leroy was the sweetest man. I’ve known him for a long time. From playing bingo to serving him his meals at The Atrium. He’s flying high with the Angels! Rest In Peace Leroy

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Fred Glover said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 9:59 PM

So sorry to hear about your father. I will say a prayer for you and your family.

  • Charlack
  • MO
Keith said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 4:33 PM

Leroy a good man will miss Dave talked a lot about him. We Celebrated many birthdays at the queen. Praying for his family.

  • Overland
  • Mo
Belle Valley School said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 12:28 PM

The entire Belle Valley School Faculty, Staff, Administration, and Board of Education expresses our sincerest condolences to the Forness Family!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sr. Shriley Bell, PHJC said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 9:39 AM

My sincerest condolences to Lee's sons and daughter and your families. I knew Lee as a child when he worked with my Dad, Al Bell. Your Dad had a great sense of humor and loved teasing me which although shy at the time I inwardly appreciated. My Lee rejoice now in God's eternal peace and light! Sincerely, Sr. Shirley Bell, PHJC

  • Donaldson
  • IN

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