He was 78 years old and is survived by his loving and well-loved wife of 56 years, Margaret. His daughters, who are proud to call him dad, are Velinda (John) McLaughlin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Monica (Roddey) Rappe of Little Rock, South Carolina. He was Poppa to David (Summer) Branch, Wesley Branch, and Laurel (Dave) Paradise of Murfreesboro, and Eva Rappe of Little Rock. Great-grandchildren include Isabelle and Brianna Paradise, and August Branch.
Dave was born in Clarkfield, Minnesota on February 1, 1934 to Arthur and Helen Forbord. He was the youngest of eight children: Rebecca, Arthur (deceased), Bessie, Esther (deceased), Helen (deceased), Wesley (deceased), and Martha. Dave’s mother died a few days after his birth and his dad, Arthur, asked his sister, Della (William) Forbord Haverly, to raise David with their other children: Ione (deceased), Francis, Margie (deceased), Lois, Verna, and Paul (deceased).
Dave served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He then worked in the drafting and design section at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The family moved to Tullahoma in 1965 where he worked at AEDC for 31 years as a design draftsman and later as a program manager. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. He was a member of the Elk River Long Rifles and an active member of Faith Lutheran Church for 47 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Food Pantry Fund, Campus Life Youth for Christ – PO Box 903 – Murfreesboro, TN 37133, or Young Life of Tullahoma, PO Box 96, or Murfreesboro, PO Box 741.
Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, June 19, at Tullahoma Funeral Home from 5-7pm. On Wednesday, June 20th, at Faith Lutheran Church, visitation will be held at 10 am with the service beginning at 11 am. Internment follows at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
Thanks be to God for the life and faith of Seth David Forbord.
Tullahoma Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.