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James L. Forbes

STURGIS | James Lee Forbes, known by friends and family as Jim, passed away on March 6, 2018 while in hospice care in Loveland, CO. He was born March 26, 1939, in Sturgis to James and Doris Forbes.

Jim Forbes grew up in Sturgis. He graduated from Sturgis Williams High School in 1957. After high school he attended Black Hills College and obtained a bachelors degree in English and teaching. After two years of teaching English and speech, he attended San Anselmo Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. In 1968, he received his Master of Divinity and went on to become an ordained Presbyterian pastor. He served in the pastoral role at Presbyterian churches in St. Maries, ID, and White Sulphur Springs, MT. He went on to serve as chaplain and chief chaplain at Fort Meade VAMC for 13 years before he was forced to retire early due to extenuating health issues.

Jim Forbes met his beautiful wife Janice Taylor while in California and they were married on August 9, 1964, in Loveland. They enjoyed 53 years of loving companionship before he passed on to be with His Lord.

He was a man of numerous hobbies and interests some of which included downhill skiing, fly fishing, hiking, Christian magic and ventriloquism, and many more. He was passionate about his work in ministry and even more passionate about his job as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, James John Forbes and Doris (White) Forbes.

Jim Forbes will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Janice (Taylor) Forbes, and their children James Richard Forbes and Janalee (Forbes) Sexton. He will also be greatly missed by his six grandchildren, Nicolis, Lilly, Gus, Alyssa, Austin and Erica.

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Services were held Monday, March 12, at the First Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Missions Fund of First Presbyterian Church.

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