Born: August 25, 1921
Died: August 5, 2019
Forrest Orvil Swan, 97, of Kellyville passed from this life on August 5, 2019 at the Claremore Veteran’s Hospital.
Forrest was born on August 25,1921 in Sapulpa to Ed Orvil and Bertha Viola Swan. He was one of 7 boys and 7 girls. He was married to Ruby Lucille Holland on July 24,1939 and they were married for 71 years.
Forrest entered into active service in the Army during World War II and fought with the 38th Infantry Regiment as a machine gunner in the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines. During a time of heavy fighting he was wounded. He received a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantry Badge, a WWII Victory Ribbon and a Bronze Service Star.
Forrest was employed by McMichael Concrete as a heavy machine transport driver for many years. He loved working with his tractor on his farm and raising and riding horses. He was also a Sunday School Teacher and a School Board Member at Kellyville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby; one daughter, Velma Joan Swan; and one son, Forrest Wade (Frosty) Swan of Kellyville.
He is survived by children, Kathryn Ann Hollingshad and husband, Johnny of Kellyville, Carolyn Sue Thomas of Bristow, James Albert Swan and wife, Cailie of Bristow, Tricia Lynn Staiger and husband, Gary of Jenks, daughter-in-law, Loretta Faye Swan of Kellyville, and one sister, Shirley Gibbons and husband, Don of Caldwell Idaho, and 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 29 great-great-grandchildren.
He was loved and will be missed by family and friends.
Viewing will be at Smith Funeral Home in Sapulpa on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 9:00 am to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers the family is asking you to donate to Folds of Honor—www.foldsofhonor.org
Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 9 at 10 am at Kellyville Cemetery. There will be a catered meal at 11:30 am at the Kellyville City Hall Community Center in Kellyville.