Cletus L. Forney, 89, WWII vet, self-employed home builder, enjoyed boating

By on October 1, 2014

Cletus L. Forney, 89, of Lititz, passed away Sept. 25 at his home.

Born in Lancaster and a lifelong Lancaster area resident, he was the son of the late Raymond and Ella May Forney. He was the husband of the late Phyllis J. Dechert Forney, who passed away Nov. 17, 2003.

Cletus was a self-employed home builder most of his life and had served with the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, where he had been at Okinawa. He received the Bronze Star, Pacific Theatre Service, Good Conduct and Victory Medals. Cletus was a member of the Garden Spot American Legion Post #56 where he had been past president and a member of Lititz VFW Post #1463.

He attended Lititz Grace Church, enjoyed gardening, and volunteering at Heart of Lancaster. He loved boating, fishing, and clamming at his beach house he had built. He enjoyed going on cruises and had also traveled two times to Okinawa after the war.

Cletus will be lovingly remembered by his children: Brenda K., wife of Aaron Ringler; and Scott Ray Forney, all of Lititz; his sister: Elizabeth Huber of North Carolina; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son: Thomas G. Forney; a sister: Mary Jane Murry; and a brother: Ray Forney.

Services were held Sept. 30 at Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz, with the Rev. William C. Willard officiating. Private family interment was held at Evangelical Cemetery.

To share a fond memory of Cletus, visit lifecelebration.com. Arrangements entrusted to Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz.

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