L. Wayne Forgy

Born: Fri., Sep. 12, 1924
Died: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tue., Nov. 07, 2017
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Nov. 08, 2017
Location: United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, IL

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Lewis "Wayne" Forgy, 93, of Pittsfield died Saturday morning, November 4th, 2017 at Eastside Healthcare Center in Pittsfield.  He was born September 12, 1924 in rural Pittsfield, the son of Homer E. and Edna Stickman Forgy.  He married Emily McKedy, of Philipsburg, PA May 14, 1960 at March Air Force Base, Riverside, CA, and she survives.

Wayne grew up on Pike County farms, attended one room country schools and graduated from Griggsville Community High School with the class of 1942.  He joined the US Air Force in 1943, during WW II and served for 20 years.  After retiring from the military in December of 1963, Wayne returned to Pike County and went back to farming until 1990 when he was forced to retire due to his health.  He remained on the farm the rest of his life.

Wayne was an active member of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church, and furnished the turnips for their annual Turkey Dinner of 22 years.  He also drove the church bus, giving many a ride to church on Sundays. He was an active member of the New Salem Masonic Lodge #218 A.M. & F.M. He also was a member of the Pike County Crime Stoppers where he served as treasurer for 17 years, and longtime member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post # 152.  Wayne was also a lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, the Retired Enlisted Association, The NRA, and Pike County Farm Bureau.   Wayne enjoyed gardening, always having a large garden and sharing the produce with friends and neighbors.  In the late 60's, he purchased the first self-propelled combine in Pike County.  He combined beans and corn for various farmers in the county with his new Massey Ferguson.  He also enjoyed hunting and sharing an old farmhouse with friends from Pennsylvania and northern Illinois.

Survivors include his wife Emily, a daughter Bonnie Jean (husband John) Dennis of Oneida IL, and two grandchildren, Nicholas Wayne and Emily Kay Dennis.  Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Carolyn Louise Forgy on December 17, 1940.  

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Pittsfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Wilbur officiating.  Burial will follow at the West Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post # 152 and the Air Force Honor Guard.  Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 4-6 pm at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, with Masonic Rites at 6:00 pm.   Memorials are suggested to the Pittsfield United Methodist Church, or the Pike County Honor Flight.  On-line condolences may be left at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in L. Wayne's memory to the following organizations:

Pike County Honor Flight

Pittsfield United Methodist Church
222 N. Monroe, Pittsfield, IL 62363

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Agnes Peile
   Posted Sun November 05, 2017

Emily & family, So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Will miss seeing him at church.

Rhonda Niebur Goins
   Posted Sun November 05, 2017
Emily and Bonnie-
So very sorry to hear about Wayne. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Rhonda Goins

Earl Dean Brown Jr Laurie& Brenton Brown
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
Very Sorry for your loss He will be missed.

George McKedy Jr
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
Aunt Emily & Cousin Bonnie:
I am very sorry for your loss.

George McKedy jr.

Glenadene Webster
   Posted Tue November 07, 2017
Emily, I was sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my sympathy.

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Tue November 07, 2017
Emily, please know you and all yours are in my thoughts as you endure and yet hopefully can celebrate the life of Wayne.
It reads of a very full, generous, and rewarding long life. I always like to acknowledge a Veteran, especially a career man.
I hope all your family, friends, and all who knew him have pleasant and comforting memories.
Sincerely, Bonnie

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