Evan, Me, and Mom with Grandpa

RIP Charles Forrester. Grandfather, Badass…

The most badass American mofo I’ve ever had the honor of knowing passed away Tuesday night, 5/15/2012 at 10:23PM. RIP Charles Forrester. You were a war hero, a farmer, an oil man, and an awesome grandfather. You taught Evan and I about cars, hard work, and how to be a man. I’ll never forget you…and I’ll live my life to make you proud.  You are missed, pa.

Obituary for Charles E. Forrester
(June 3, 1925 – May 16, 2012)  

U.S. Veteran

Charles Emrie Forrester was born in Foss, Oklahoma on June 3, 1925. Son of Riley Monroe and Lillie Belle (Atchison) Forrester, Charles was the second of four children including sister, Marie Cox, brothers, Royce and Leland Forrester. Charles graduated from Canute High School in 1943 and joined the Army from 1943 to 1946 serving in the Pacific with the Sixth Engineering Combat Battalion. He married Billie Jo Cutright in 1947 and from that union came four children—Lisa, Linna, Kim, and Cheryl. Charles’ wife, Billie Jo, died in 1964 and he married Movita Rae Moore in Oklahoma City in August of 1966 adding her three children—DeRonna, Denice, and Dean—to the family. The Forrester family relocated to Augusta in 1967.

Charles earned an engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1951. For the next 35 years, Charles, a petroleum engineer, worked in production for Cities Service Oil Company, later Occidental Petroleum Company. He retired in 1985 and worked two more years for Brandt Oil Company in Wichita. His tenure at Cities Service took him and his family to Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Pampa, Odessa, and Gladewater, Texas; Lafayette, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; Oklahoma City, and Augusta. While continuing to live in August, he worked in El Dorado and Wichita as well.

Charles loved his family and had a busy life. He especially loved spending time at his farm near Cedar Point, Kansas. For each of 36 years, Charles planted 200 trees on his farm. He had fallen hardwood trees milled for lumber and, since he enjoyed woodworking, he often used his own wood to make gifts for family members. Friends and family always looked forward to his annual wood cutting party in the fall.

Over the years, he adopted three Siberian Huskies and could be seen daily walking his dog around the neighborhood or Augusta Lake.

Charles was active in the Augusta community and served his church faithfully. He was a member of Methodist Men and served on the Finance Committee, the Administrative Board, and Board of Trustees. He taught Sunday School classes and in his later years assisted with the maintenance needs of the church. For four years, Charles served on the Augusta City Council. He also volunteered his time with Habitat for Humanity, RSVP, and Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by Movita R. Forrester, his wife of 46 years and six children: Lisa (Bill) Grist of Upland, California, Linna (John) Buser of San Diego, California, Kim Forrester, Cheryl (Terry) Alley, DeRonna Moore and Denice Maness all of Augusta. Other survivors include brother, Royce (Maurine) Forrester of Elk City , Oklahoma, 14 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren, as well as extended family members, and many cherished friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Riley M. And Lillie Belle (Atchison) Forrester; wife, Billie Jo Cutright Forrester; sister, Marie Cox of Dill City, Oklahoma; brother, Leland Forrester of Boulder, Colorado; son, Gary Dean Moore; grandsons, Keith Moore and Shawn Maness; and great grandson, Ryan Moore.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Funeral Service will be Friday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m. at The First United Methodist Church, 2420 N. Ohio, Augusta. Interment will be held Saturday, May 19, at 11:00 a.m. in the Canute Cemetery in Canute, Oklahoma.

Memorials have been established with the First United Methodist Church of Augusta and the City of Augusta Parks Department for trees to be planted in the city parks and may be sent to the funeral home.

Dunsford Funeral Home & Crematory, 201 East Fifth Avenue, Augusta, Kansas 67010, (316) 775-6363, www.dunsfordfh.com

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