William W. “Bill” Forrest, 88, of Granite City, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at St. Louis University Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1926, in Reynoldsville, a son to the late William Curtis and Dorothy Mae (Randall) Forrest. Bill gave more than 44 years to Lewis Brothers Bakery (Bunny Bread) as a salesman and sales manager. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was owner of Kustom Landscape. Bill loved to do yard work and never met a stranger. Bill was a people person who enjoyed helping others whenever he could. He will be remembered for his unique personality and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Imogene (Smith) Forrest, who he married on Aug. 29, 1964; his son, Bill and (Gigi) Forrest of Savannah, Ga.; his daughters, Jody Boner and (Steve Haynes) of Anna, and Lori and (David) James of Troy; grandchildren, Justin, Jeff, Brittany, Jennifer, Grace and Little Bill; two great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara and (Bill) Aldridge; numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and John and sister, Roberta.
In celebration of his life, friends may call on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon with Pastor Henry Crippen officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.