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March 8, 1946 – Saturday, August 17, 2013

Service Information
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo,
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
1:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
11:00 A.M. till time of servic

Donald L. Forsythe, “Butch”,age 67, of rural Buffalo, passed away on Saturday, August 17th, 2013 at The Golden Living Center in Delano.

He was born on March 8, 1946 in Monticello, Minnesota to Winfred and Gladys Forsythe.
Butch grew up in rural Buffalo and loved life on the farm. He attended a one room country school for grades 1-8 in Hanover and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1964. He enlisted in the United States Army, served in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1967. He then moved back home, took over the family farm, and met the love of his life Mary Engel while waterskiing on Lake Charlotte. Mary and Butch were married on September 26, 1970 and over the next eleven years they were blessed with 4 children: Amy, Aaron, Amanda, and Angie. Butch continued to farm until 1985 when he began working for Engel’s Trucking Service. Mary passed away after a battle with cancer in 1986 and Butch continued raising his children until 1989 when he suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke. Over the next 23 years he lived in care facilities in Buffalo, Sauk Rapids, and finally the Golden Living Center in Delano, Minnesota. Throughout his life Butch enjoyed trap shooting, water skiing, playing cards, attending threshing shows, making trips to the casino, and visiting with family, friends, and his grandchildren.

Butch was a loving man, a wonderful father and grandfather. Although Butch’s life was not always the easiest, he remained happy and full of life until the end. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his children Amy (Tim) Matter, Aaron Forsythe (Kim Stone), Amanda (Jeremy) Peterson, and Angie (J) McClelland; grandchildren Gabe and Eli Hance, Dylan Stone, Eva & Anna McClelland, Wesley & Reed Peterson. He is also survived by his sister Mary Ellen (Muddy) Krause.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Forsythe, parents Winfred & Gladys Forsythe, and sisters Muriel Zumbusch, Ruth Hage, Winnie Holtan and Maggie Varholdt.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Butch & Mary Forsythe’s name can be sent to St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Buffalo, Minnesota.

19 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lee Ann Zitzloff Hansen

    Your life on earth has not been an easy one. May your life in heaven be peaceful and full of joys that were taken from you early-on.

  2. Jan Pearson

    Amy, Aaron, Amanda and Angie,
    We are so sorry for your loss. All of you should be so proud of the care you gave your Dad. Blessings to you all.
    Jan and Paul Pearson

  3. Janice Marschel

    May God hold you closely during these days since your Dad’s passing. He was a special friend to me and enjoyed worshipping at St. John’s while he lived in Buffalo. I always got a hug each Sunday morning!

  4. Katie Gardner

    Amy, Aaron, Amanda and Angie – I was saddened to see that Butch had passed away; but man, your Mom sure has been waiting a long time to have him. Keeping you all in my prayers. He is in such a better place now!!!

  5. Golden Living Center - Delano

    Our Deepest Sympathy to Butch’s family.
    We are going to miss him, his jokes, his smile. He always greeted us when we came to work. He was a wonderful man. You all are in our thoughts & prayers. God Bless.
    Staff and the residents at Golden Living Center – Delano

  6. Barb Rancour

    Our Sympathy to you Amy, Aaron, Amanda, Angie & families. Many great memories. I still have the necklace he brought back from Vietnam for me, swimming, boating, skiing on Charlotte, and snowmobiling Sunday afternoons at the farm. He will be missed by a great many people. Love, Jim & Barb

  7. Dianne McLain

    Remembering what good people both of your parents were and how comforting it must be to know they are once again together.

  8. Ann Hanson-Holt

    Butch certainly made this world a better place. He left a remarkable impression in my life, and will always have a special place in my Heart. My most sincere sympathy to the most wonderful family he is leaving behind. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Kathy Maas

    Amy Matter, I was so sorry to read about your dad. I remember him from school but I really got to know him when I was working at Kensington on the hill. As soon as he would see me he would want a kiss on the forehead, and I tell him it wasn’t appropriate and he would bang his hand on his forehead until he got that kiss and then he would laugh, and I would say, you little devil, I will NEVER forget him! Love and Prayers to you and your family.
    Tom & Kathy Maas

  10. Pam Henry-Neaton

    Amy and family, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Pam and Brian Neaton

  11. Bruce & Nancy Adickes

    Our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Robin Lewis

    Butch may you rest in peace. You will be missed by many. To the 4 A’s….. Love all of you!!

  13. Gwen Holtan

    Amy, Aaron, Amanda, and Angela-
    Uncle Butch was the maker of many of my happy childhood memories. Thinking of all of you during this time.

  14. Malorie Steiger

    My mom passed down to my daughter Mia the Vietnamese doll he brought back for her. I always loved it and now my daughter loves it. My daughter is a quarter Vietnamese and having a doll that’s from there and from her Great-Great Uncle is even more special. We will always hold it close to our hearts. I’m thankful Mia and my fiancé got to meet him and see what a wonderful man he was to all. Your are in a better place now and we will all see you again some day, with that big smile on your face!

  15. Cami Dixon & Neil Shook

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. julie krause

    Heaven is a better place with your Dad there. I will miss him. Always remember the good times.

  17. Darlene (Marschel) Bechtold

    Dear Amy and Family,
    “In Christ Alone” we have the “Blessed Assurance” that our dads are made perfect and will be together for eternity praising Jesus. Blessed be the name of the Lord. I remember with joy when your dad lived across the hall from my dad at the Karrington (Kensington).
    Love from Darlene

  18. Missy and Matt Spike

    Thinking of you all and keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Matt and I are here for you if you need anything. Love you all and sending you our love.

  19. marlys northenscold

    His smile said it all. A man with awesome character for all he went thru,, he still shared a smile, warmth and a big heart!
    “Hats” off to a great man


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