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Trinity Missionary Church
Friday June 5th, 2020

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Charles "Chuck" Forman

Charles Leslie Forman, 82, went home to be with the Lord on May 23rd, 2020 after a year-long battle with cancer. Chuck was born to Charles and Ruby Forman on May 24th 1937 and lived in the Kalamazoo area his entire life. He met and married Ardith Marian Pence in 1953 and enjoyed 63 years of marriage. They had 3 children. Widowed in 2016, he was blessed to meet Beth Parmalee and they cared for each other until his passing. In his early years Chuck worked for Brown Company paper mill. Then he moved to Consumers Power as a meter reader, then to the building maintenance department. He retired in 1998 from Consumers. Chuck had a passion for most hunting and fishing activities. He learned the skills of taxidermy to display his trophies. These skills led to a 40-year part-time business as a taxidermist. Chuck and Ardith also enjoyed many years of square dancing with Michigan in Motion, dancing throughout Michigan and neighboring states. He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Charles (Gale) Forman, Russell (Cathy) Forman and Cindy (Ronald) Sears. His grandchildren: Jamie (Travis) Zinsmaster, Charles (Annie) Forman, Joseph Forman, Katie (Meredith) Forman, Jon (Erica) Forman, and Corey Sears. His partner Beth Parmelee. Seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Ruby Forman, his wife Ardith Forman, his half-brother and half-sisters: Pearl Mosley, Russell Mills, and Vivan Rosevick, and many brothers and sisters-in-law. Service will be held on June 5th at Trinity Church in Constantine at 11:00 AM with Pastor Dave Peterson officiating. Please maintain social distancing. Due to the pandemic there will be no gathering after the service. Memorial contributions may be sent to Centerville Baptist Church at 115 East Burr Oak Street, Centerville, Mich. 49032. While visiting Chuck’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269-679-5622).

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Jun 3 2020 7:43 AM

I shot my first turkey and it was a big one. Of course, my first thought, call my Uncle Chuck to see what I should do. He was so excited for me and told me bring it right over!! We did and I have my beautiful turkey tail mount personally done by my dear Uncle Chuck. Also, all my hunting was done in Aunt Ardiths hunting clothes she gave me that she had used. Still use them.

Gayle Bachert May 28 2020 8:30 PM

Don't know where to start. There are the Creek parties so numerous the memories are in the hundreds. The fishing trips to Canada, just playing cards and talking. We are gonna miss him and his smile. Prayers and hugs to all of you. Pat and Sue Janssen.

Pat and Sue Janssen May 28 2020 8:54 AM

such a sad day, too many memories to list them all on here! From good times at the parties we had when we lived at the lake, to him taking a skinny pain in the ass little kid fishing, to setting around the fires that would be built in the old yard on OP Ave, to setting in the taxidermy shop listening to the old timers ( Uncle Chuck, Uncle George, my dad, Russ, Chucky etc....) telling lies about the days hunt ( HAHA ) snowmobiling, to setting just talking at any family event, to all of the mounts that he did for me over the years. Him and Aunt Ardith were like a second set of parents to me, glad I had them for as long as I did, sad I couldnt have them just a little longer. I hope you spend your days in heaven with all of the others that went before you, I hope you are all setting around a big fire at the creek talking about old times, go on a big hunt for me! Dan Bagwell

Dan Bagwell May 28 2020 8:33 AM