Herbert Gross Forney passed into his heavenly home on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea, WV.
He was born in Harrisburg, PA, on December 30, 1932.
Herb served in the United States Air Force and was a Korean War veteran. He was a current member of the American Legion and a member of the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, where he had served as a deacon and an elder. Herb was a previous member of the Ronceverte Lions Club, and in his younger days, was an Eagle Scout and an assistant scoutmaster in Westminster, MD.
Retired from Allied (previously Bendix) in 1983, Herb would not quit working. He was the Ronceverte city manager under Mayor Gary Ambler, worked for Martin and Jones, and Sears, and all the while cutting grass and fixing things for anyone in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Edgar W. Forney; a brother, Richard; a grandson, Glenn S. Forney II, and a granddaughter, Denyel Paige.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara M. Forney of Ronceverte, WV; three children, Glenn S. Forney and wife, Sandra, of Virginia, Mark E. Forney and wife, Tammy, of Lewisburg, WV, and Elaine Reynolds Shafer McCurdy and husband, Robert, of Alderson, WV; honorary son, John Miller Jr. of Lewisburg; five grandchildren, Michael Forney and wife, Elizabeth, of Virginia, April Jordan and husband, Cliff, of Virginia, John Reynolds and wife, Constance, of Hines, WV, Steven Shafer of Ronceverte, and Emma McCurdy of Wisconsin; and 10 great-grandchildren, Cory, Derek, and Kalia Paige of Virginia, Walker, Ashlyn, and Silas Jordan of Virginia, Chance Brown of Virginia, Faith and Michael Forney Jr. of Virginia, and Zachary Ivey of Hines.
Herb donated his body to the Human Gift Registry at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate Herb's life at the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 3 PM.
The family will receive friends before and after the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, 305 Locust Street, Ronceverte, WV 24970, or to the Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the June 1, 2017, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.