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Fora "Fory" Wayne Leer

Fora "Fory" Wayne Leer
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Fora "Fory" Wayne Leer

November 4, 2017

Service Details
 Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Newberg with Pastor Mike Owen officiaiting, 13021 Born St, Jones, MI 49061.           


Obituary Notice

Mr. Fora “Fory”  Wayne Leer, age 85, of Three Rivers, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 4, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends.  He was born on Feb. 23, 1932 in LaGrange County, IN., the son of the late Clayton Duey and Nellie May (Miesner) Leer.

Fory attended Shipshewana-Scott Schools where he participated in basketball, track, softball, the school newspaper and the theatre.  He graduated in 1951.  From a young age, Fory worked on the family farm and outside the home.

Fory caught a glimpse of Linda Forney at Stone Lake at a young age.  He later ran into her on a double date and they struck up a friendship.  Fory worked hard to win Linda’s heart, and even harder to convince Linda’s mother of his intentions. Fory and Linda were married at Linda’s home on December 29, 1956.  Fory was drafted into the Army where Linda later joined him in Germany.

Linda and Fory settled in Elkhart, close to Linda’s sister, Becky Parmater.  Fory and Linda welcomed two son’s Timothy Wayne and shortly later Spencer Wynn into their fold.  The family of four built a home on Corey Lake, MI., where Fory used his tool and die trade at Armstrong Machine Works, which he faithfully served for 25 years before retiring.  Fory enjoyed snowmobiling, waterskiing, woodworking, and four wheeling outside of work.

After faithfully caring for Linda in her cancer battle of several years, she passed away on August 7, 1992. Later, Fory built a home, bridge, and barns on Doobie Falls, Coon Hollow Road, which kept him busy in the midst of his loss.

Etta Griffin became Fory’s close companion in 2011 and the two reveled in enjoying their last three years together. Fory felt blessed to have loved two wonderful women in his life, and even adopted another little girl after Etta’s passing – Etta’s little Boston Terrier, Bridget. Bridget was a comfort and wonderful companion to Fory in his final battle against MDS, a form of blood cancer.

Fory loved his boys, Bears Football, and the Chicago Cubs. He spent long days in the woods of Doobie Falls, chopping wood and “chewing the fat” around a bonfire. He was a generous, loving friend, and a wise “grandpa” to many, including his granddaughter, Kassidy Wynn Leer.

Fory is survived by his siblings, Doris and Buford; sons, Tim (Debbie) and Spencer (Mandi); granddaughter, Kassidy Leer; sister and brother in law ,Pete and Becky Parmater and their children; his sweet dog, Bridget; numerous friends who felt like family; and one bright red Corvette.



Memorial donations may be made to The First Baptist Church of Newberg. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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11 comments on article "Fora "Fory" Wayne Leer"

Kelly Wiseman

My heart is heavy dearest Tim & Spencer. Find JOY in the long time you had your father and all the wonderful things he taught you. You come from two of the nicest parents that I️ can recall in my lifetime - feel gratitude. My thoughts and prayer are with you. 💚🙏😇

Steve and Vicki Cornish

We will miss Fory's precious friendship but take comfort in knowing he is now in Jesus' loving arms. Every time we cruise in our corvette we will think of him. Our love to the family, Steve & Vicki

Donald Ely

I will miss Fory. We worked together at Armstrong Machine Works for many years and we both lived at Corey Lake. I'm sorry that I will not be able to attend the memorial service.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Mary and Mike Howes. And the Detmar Family

Tim , Deb, and “Bean”. So sorry to hear about your dad. He was a wonderful man. He will be missed. Praying that you will find peace in your heart. He is with your mom. A great couple back together. Praying for you all

David fisher

It was a special honor to have known this man so kind and caring if we all could be like gory the world would be perfect rip my friend

David fisher

It was a special honor to have known fory ,he was a kind and gentle man if everyone was like fory the world would be perfect rip my friend

Debbie Leer

Words can not express the loss to our family with the passing of Fory. He was a wonderful father in law to me for over 24 yrs. He often said how grateful he was that I never had a problem with the amount of time he and Tim spent together. It was my pleasure Fory.

Terri Leer

Fory was a kind a gentle man. He always had a peaceful sense about him that you felt the moment you were around him. It was a Joy to know him. God rest his soul.

Sandra Day

What a great man and I only know because you adopted my daughters Kate and Kara Wilson as your granddaughters and shared many memories with them. Thank you for loving them you will be missed.

Dick & Gloria Krogel

We were so sad to learn of Fory's passing. We were members of the Corvette club. I got to know him at some of the events. He was a kind warm and caring man. Someone that made you feel like you had always known him and he cared. I see from reading some of the other comments everyone felt the same. I will miss that kind soft smile. Sorry that we couldn't come to the memorial service. My thought and prayers are with his family.

Kris and Art Ayers

We knew Fory and Linda through school and church. What wonderful people! We have happy memories of them and know they are very much missed.

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