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John C. Forster

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John C. Forster

John C. Forster, 86, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, December 24,2013 at Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City, MN.

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John was born February 9, 1927 in Richardton, ND to John A. and Elizabeth (Brittner) Forster. He was raised and educated in Richardton, joining the navy on April 28, 1944 at the age of 17. When the USS Kenton Launched on August 21, 1944, John was a ship fitter aboard the World War II ship that carried troops and equipment during the American Area Campaign, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign and the Philippine Liberation. His service to the navy ended on May 2, 1946.

John married Maggie Amann on May 31, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richardton. He worked for his father at his J.A. Forster business, eventually purchasing it and turning it into Forster's Body Shop. John was well known in the Richardton area for his meticulous body work. John eventually sold the body shop and became Richardton's Postmaster, retiring from that in 1989. He was an active member of the community serving on the fire department, the original Richardton Public school board, the original swimming pool board, as well as serving as Richardton's mayor. After more than 54 years of marriage, Maggie passed away on December 18, 2002.

John reconnected with his teenage sweetheart, Ardis Otto. He moved to Osceola, WI and they were married on December 28, 2004.

John is survived by his wife, Ardis, Chisago City, MN, his four children; Jerry (Rhonda) Forster, Greeley, CO; Vicki (Jim Lizius), Mesa, AZ; Colleen (Larry Shilman), Faulkton, SD; and Jeff (Cindy) Forster, Lakewood, CO; his three grandchildren; Ryan Forster, Fort Collins, CO; Kevin (Christine) Forster, Loveland, CO; and Megan Pfeifer, Fargo, ND; as well as his three step-daughters, Becky, Mary and Nancy and their extended families in the Minneapolis area.

John was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Ervin Forster, and two sisters, Irene Walth and Phyllis Rinker.

John's family is respecting his wishes for no prayer or funeral service. Donations may be made in his name to support Alzheimer's or heart research.

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