D. Russell “Russ” Forsythe, 89, of Belle Center, passed away at 3:00 pm Monday, February 25th at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine.
He was born on February 6, 1924 in Huntsville to the late Alex R. and Helen M. (Cooke) Forsythe.
On January 17, 1946 he married the former Miriam J. Harrod in Belle Center. His wife of 58 years preceded him in death on April 12, 2004. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Thomas A. (Betty) Forsythe and Mary Joan (Harold) Yoder.
Surviving are two daughters, Sandy (David) Miracle of Belle Center and Kathy (Ralph) Root of Zanesfield; grandsons, John David “J.D.” (Mindy) Miracle and Joel Bryan (Heidi) Miracle; great grandchildren, Jackson David Grimes, Trey Evan Miracle, Delaney Jo Miracle and Skylar Jo Miracle; step grandchildren, Beth (Chris) Maisenbacher, Ralph (Peggy) Root III, Wesley (Cindy) Root and Bradley Root; great step grandchildren, C.J. and Katina Maisenbacher, Joshua and Justin Root, Zachary and Will Root, Emalie and Maxwell Root and Kiersten Thornton; and several nieces and nephews.
Russ was a farmer and the owner-operator of Forsythe Agri Service. He was a trustee for Richland Township for nine years, served two terms as a Logan County Commissioner and also served on the Belle Center School Board.
He graduated from Belle Center High School where he held his State Farmer degree and was affiliated with other agriculture organizations. He was a member and elder at the Belle Center United Presbyterian Church and also attended the Belle Center United Methodist Church. Russ was a 50-year member and past master of the Belle Center Masonic Lodge & Hamma Chapter 312 Order of Easter Star; life member of the Farm Bureau Council and Logan County Agrarian Club, a member and President of the Ohio Cattleman’s Association and a member of the Logan County Historical Society. He was appointed member of National Livestock Meat Board.
Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 306 N. Elizabeth St., Belle Center, OH. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 1, 2013 with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the Belle Center United Methodist Church. Rev. Kevin Smith will officiate and burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Belle Center United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 101 S. Center St., Belle Center, OH 43310 or The Homestead at Logan Acres, 2739 CR 91, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Express condolences at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.