Gerald “Gary” Forsmann passed away on Friday, December 23rd, 2011.
On December 3rd, 1944 the oldest of 5 children, he was born to Mark Forsmann and Rita (Uhlorn) Forsmann in Cottonwood, Idaho. He grew up in Cottonwood and graduated from Saint Gertrude’s Academy in 1963.
One June111th, 1966, he married Marilyn Gehring of Greencreek, Idaho. After living in Cottonwood, they moved to Grangeville, Idaho in 1970, where they established their home, raised their family, and farmed until his death.
Gary was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. His commitment to his faith was unshakeable and he was active in Saints Peter and Paul Parish, a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, Camas Choristers, Idaho County Orchestra, and various other organizations throughout his life. Some of his greatest enjoyments included spending time with his wife, music, singing, playing his violin, and spoiling his grandchildren. His passion for music was great; he was a noted local singer and never met an instrument he couldn’t pick up and play. One of his favorite past time activities involved driving through his beloved Camas Prairie, admiring the wheat fields. He was most content when he was on his Minneapolis Moline tractor in the field. Gary didn’t just farm to live; he lived to be on a farm.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Rita (Uhlorn) Forsmann. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, by his father, Mark Forsmann, of Cottonwood, by his sisters Joan (Ralph) Dufresne of Marysville WA, Marcia (Thomas) Beckman of Boise ID, and Mariel (Steve) Spring of Spokane WA; his brother Mike Forsmann of Boise ID; his sons Eric (Joyce) Forsmann of Grangeville and Mark (Barbara) Forsmann of Grangeville; his daughters Dina (William) Arnold of Spokane WA and Gretchen (Eric) Sisk of New Hartford, CT. He has 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Gary is also survived by a large extended family which includes aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In celebration of his life, there will be a rosary at Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Grangeville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January, 3rd, 2012. The funeral mass will also be held at Saints Peter and Paul Parish at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012, followed by the burial at Prairie View Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, January 3rd from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
The family is asking anyone wishing to make donations, they may be made to a medical and rehabilitation fund for the care of his wife, Marilyn, at any US Bank branch, or donations may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Parish for the purchase of new church bells. Condolences may be sent to Blackmerfuneralhome.com or Uhlorn Funeral Home in Cottonwood.