William 'Bill' Forrest

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Soldotna resident William "Bill" Forrest died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 64.

A visitation and prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 225 S. Spruce Drive in Kenai. Immediately following the service, there will be a procession to Kasilof, followed by a celebration of Mr. Forrest's life at the Soldotna Elks Lodge, 44640 Parkway in Soldotna.

Mr. Forrest was born on May 27, 1938, in Boulder, Colo., to William and Ruby Forrest. He met his wife, Jan, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., where they both served in the military. He served as a medical corpsman from 1956 to 1962. They had three children and moved to Alaska from New York in 1974.

He worked in the oil field for 40 years, was a hard rock miner, commercial fisher and, most recently, owned and operated B & J's Campground and Fish House at his home on the Kenai River.

"A love of life, people, fishing, hunting, singing songs by the campfire, dancing and a good poker game -- Bill lived every day to its fullest. He will live on in our hearts as a beloved father, brother, grandpa and our bigger than life 'Uncle Bill,'" his family said.

Mr. Forrest is preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Forrest; father, William B. Forrest; wife, Jan; and son, Michael.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Bill and Judilee Forrest of Kenai and Julie and Matt Owens of Kasilof; grandchildren, Billy, Beau and Audrey Forrest and Kelly, Michael and Aaron Curtis; great-granddaughter, America; sisters, Rose Bruce of Falcon, Colo., and Penny Wilson of Kenai; nieces and spouses, Kim and Karl Hughes of Seward and Jamie and Marty Powell; nieces, Janet Kennaday and Shelly Kennaday; nephew and spouse, Ed and Jani Kennaday; nephews, Kurt Hillyer of Anchorage and Jim Kennaday; great-nieces and -nephews, Nikki and spouse, Shannon, and their son, Andy Thompson, Melissa Hughes, John Hughes, Ryan Powell, Amber Haunic, Nate Kennaday, Cheyanne Kennaday and Catlyn Kennaday; and many honorary nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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