Stanley Milton Forbes (1930-2005)

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Life resident of Morapos Creek, Hamilton, Stanley Milton Forbes passed on to his last reward Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005. Stanley was born in a homestead house Jan. 23, 1930, to Hilliard Earnest and Viola Marie Forbes, not many feet from his lifetime residence. During his birth, he and his mother were attended by Mrs. Boss (a neighbor) and his aunt LaVaughn Taylor. Stanley was raised on the creek helping his folks on the ranch running sheep and grain farming. He married Edna Louise Collom on Nov. 10, 1949, in Grand Junction. After this union, they began a ranching business that lasted a lifetime including finishing their own home.

Together, they raised their four children and contributed greatly in the raising of their eight grandchildren. With a firm, but loving nature, Stanley instilled solid moral values into each one of these young lives. From 1962 to 1976, he and Louise drove the school bus for the Morapos community children.

Stanley spent time with his family, hunting, fishing and collecting various items from local auctions. Stanley was known for having lengthy conversations around the table with his family, friends, hunters and neighbors as an adviser, encourager and problem-solver. Always throwing in a good dose of deviling for good measure was the thing he loved most. He always could be counted on to fix the unfixable and his shop was a gold mine. We will all miss him greatly.

Stanley accepted Jesus as his savior in 1968 and was baptized on Aug. 2, 2005, by the Rev. Johnson in Morapos Creek.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents Hilliard Earnest and Viola Forbes; brothers Earnest Edward and Leonard LeRoy Forbes; daughter Trixie Kaye Cooper; son-in-law Thane William Bacon; and grandson Trevor Earnest Forbes, all of Morapos Creek.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Edna Louise Forbes; sister Mildred LaVaughn Brooks of North Carolina; sister-in-law Marjorie Forbes; son Loren Dee (Debra Kay) Forbes, Yvonne Lorraine Bacon; son-in-law James Leon Cooper all of Hamilton; Teresa Marie (Ron) Johnson of Montrose; seven grandchildren, Brandon (Anita) Cooper, Amy Cooper, Veronica (John) Hook, Hali (Doug) Heldman, Justin (Melissa) Forbes, Shawn Bacon, Jason (Sarah) Bacon; seven great-grandchildren, Landon and Rylee Hook, Donica, Valarie, Torie and Tanner Heldman, Jentry Bacon; local nephew Jay Forbes and his son Michael and daughter Alesha; niece Sandy (Dustty) Wiseman; daughter Samantha and son Dwayne; out-of-state nieces and nephews Sherry (Steve) Vance, son Aric (Heather) and Shannon (Seth) Huskey, Jack and son Chris Brooks, Vickie Brooks; and numerous cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church at noon Sept 3, 2005. Dinner will be hosted by the ladies of the Calvary Baptist Church and the Hamilton community at the church immediately after the service.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to the family in care of the Rev. Johnson to continue his rural bible study groups.

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