Forest A. Williams was born in North Seattle, to Forest V. Williams Sr. and Alva (Bogle) Williams on January 3, 1930, the oldest of three children. Forest and his family lived in several locations around the Seattle area before moving to Yakima. Forest joined the US Marine Corp in 1947 and was eventually stationed in Korea during the Korean Conflict. While still serving in the military, Forest began a letter-writing correspondence with Katherine Lamb at the encouragement of his sister, Yvonne. After his honorable discharge from the Marines in 1951, they continued to date and were married in March of 1952. Forest and Katherine made their home and raised their family in Alderwood Manor, Washington. To their marriage, four children were born: Lanay, Linda, LeAnn and Larry. Forest was a hard worker and valued a strong work ethic. During his years of employment, he worked at various warehouse and shipping locations including, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Boeing, Air Tec, and finally was employed as a food service delivery person with the Edmonds School district before retiring in 1995. Forest valued family, faith, and keeping busy and productive throughout life. He was incredibly handy and inventive and had a natural skill with woodworking. After retirement, Forest and Katherine spent many happy hours on woodworking crafts and hobby projects. Many of these fine wooden items are now part of the valued collection of family and friends. After a recommitment of his life to God in mid-life. Forest became a strong believer in Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Forest and Katherine served together in church with Vacation Bible school and other programs. Most recently, Forest and Katherine relocated to Fargo, North Dakota to better manage issues of aging. After numerous, recent health issues, Forest was called home to heaven, at the age of 92 on April 19, 2022, only 4 months after the passing of his dear wife, Katherine with whom he was honored to celebrate 69 years of marriage. Forest is survived by his four children, Lanay (Ron) Gard of Edmonds, WA. Linda (Perry) Kallis of Lodi, CA. LeAnn (Steve) Burrell of Fargo, ND, and Larry (Vicky) Williams of Edmonds, WA. He had 16 Grandchildren, and 18 Great Grandchildren. Forest is also survived by two sisters, Yvonne Beatty of Stanwood, WA, and Wanda Still of Springdale, AR. Forest will be remembered fondly by family and friends.

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  1. My dad was a very loving father and a hard working Dad. We will miss him very much. Rest in peace Dad. We will always love you.

  2. My grandpa had a kind and gracious heart under a tough exterior. I will miss his hugs and treasure the moments I had with him. It was an honor to be his granddaughter. I love you Grandpa!

  3. Forest is my gpa he was vary loving and caring always there to talk to when u were down always had a cheerful smile he will be forever in my heart with all the memories I shared with him and gma

  4. Forest was my “big brother,” who I loved and admired. When Forest was discharged from the Marines, after serving in the Korean Conflict, he surprised me by coming to my junior high school. I noticed this “handsome Marine” standing at the door to the choir room. I ran from the choir and we embraced. I used to wear a charm bracelet in those days with his picture in it. I told kids that he was my boyfriend, and later I would tell them the truth! I was always proud of him. A little later, I introduced him to Katherine Lamb. Six months later they were married and lived 69 years plus together, raising a beautiful christian family.
    See you later, Forest! I love you, Sis, Yvonne

  5. I will always remember the moments I spent with my Grandpa. He was very loving and caring. I will miss the smile on his face whether from love or a joke that’s been told. I’ll miss those days of playing Skip Bo and watching him win most of the time. I will always love you very much. Goodbye for now Grandpa

  6. We will miss Grandpa and cherish all the memories we spent with him and Grandma. We will miss visiting Grandpa and Grandma on Christmas eve, helping Grandpa with his computer and playing games at the table. We love them both very much and are thankful to God for such wonderful grandparents.
    Love, Scott, Sylvia and Shane

  7. Forest and Kathrine, it was a great privilege knowing such a sweet, loving couple. Hope to see you again soon……

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