OBITUARY

William Peter Forney

February 13, 1934October 24, 2020

William Peter Forney, age 86, of Bloomington passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Bill was born February 13, 1934 in Chicago at the Norwegian-American Hospital. He was the son of Peter Clyde and Hildur (Hoaglund) Forney. He graduated from Taft High School in Chicago where he was captain of the football team, president of his senior class and president of the Honor Society. While he was a student at Taft, he also delivered newspapers for the Chicago Tribune, earning a scholarship for college tuition. At Indiana University, he was a member of the football team, the I.U. Foundation, and a rider on a Little 500 dorm team all four years. In the Little 500, he rode 102 of the 200 laps in 1952, and was on the Little 500 All-star team in 1955. In 1955, his dorm squad finished second. In 1953 while serving as the university’s youngest dorm counselor (RA), Bill met Patsy Ann Wininger, a resident officer for Memorial Hall, the first and oldest women’s dorm at I.U. They worked together on a fall carnival campus charity event, and were married in West Baden Springs, Indiana on August 20, 1955. Following graduation from I.U. in 1955 with a B.S. degree in marketing from the (now) Kelley School of Business, he was a management trainee with the J.C. Penney store on the west side of the Bloomington downtown square. In 1956, when R.C.A. was an exciting pioneer in color TV and “Color Capitol of the World “, he was an accountant, and later became the accounting manager. He remained with their financial group for 22 years. In 1978, he began the Auto Heaven businesses, selling used cars and used parts with his sons, Mike, Chuck and Joe. He was a Sunday school teacher, a Junior Achievement leader and a faithful member of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. He was the original owner of the Goat Farm Park at the junction of High Street and East Winslow Rd. He was also a past-president of the Indiana Dairy Goat Association. He belonged to a Chicago Taft High School Piston Pushers Club of six life-long friends who shared an interest in cars. He was an ardent, loud Bloomington High School South sports fan. Through many years, he attended countless organized ballgames of his sons, daughter and grandchildren. He was grateful that he witnessed South win two state basketball championships, with two of his grandsons on the 2011 team. He would frequently yell, “Keep Goin”, “Steal it”, and “Don’t Give Up”. Surviving are his wife, Patsy (Wininger) Forney of 65 years and children, Mike (Susan) and Chuck (Marla), of Bloomington, Joe (PJ), of Indianapolis and Jill, of Northern Michigan. His grandchildren are Jared (Chi), of Berkley, CA, Alex, of Chicago, IL, Laura (Matt) Bobart, of Houston, TX, Will, of Atlanta, GA, Jordan, of Washington, DC, Jessica (Adam), of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Joe II, of Oxford, Ohio and Jacqueline, of Tulsa, Oklahoma and great-grandchildren, Juliana, Ella, and Olivia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, F. Patricia Kelley and two brothers, James and Robert Forney. He lived a life that gave him so many great stories to tell. He often repeated, “God has been good to us”. He was our super fan, guide, rock and pillar of strength. With Forney fortitude he fought the good fight. He will be remembered. A private family funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home; 4150 E. Third St. with Pastor John Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery. Friends may visit the family from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. The family is grateful to the staff of the Bell Trace Health and Living Center of Bloomington and all those who took such good care of him. Online condolences may be given at www.DayDeremiahFryeFuneralHome.com

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020

  • Private Family Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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William Peter Forney

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Mike Davis

October 28, 2020

Bill was such a huge presence to us all. My dad loved Bill and respected his character in all ways of life. They were good friends for more than 50 yrs. I was lucky enough to experience Bill's presence growing up, and will always remember him!

- My condolences to the entire Forney family..

Kent Family

October 27, 2020

Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Praying for your comfort. The Forney family was mentioned through the years in our family as great neighbors on Brummetts Creek. He accomplished much in his life and God bless you all.

James Francisco

October 27, 2020

Bill was a good friend of my dad, Charles Francisco. Dad bought several cars and a motorcycle from Bill. I loved that motorcycle. I bought two good cars from Bill too. I sold him a WV bus that had a bad engine which I told him about. Dad thought very highly of Bill, which would put him in a very small group for my dad. I thought very highly of him too. I never did find out how my dad and Bill became friends. I know that they both worked at RCA but different departments.

Dennis Hamm

October 27, 2020

Bill and I shared so many adventures together, he was my friend, mentor,employer for over 30 years. No man I’ve ever known had faith in God and felt as blessed as Bill. He told me many times, when I pass from this world, none should be sad. Because I KNOW I’m going to be with god and it’s going to be glorious! I feel blessed to have had him in my life.

Julie Campbell Smith

October 27, 2020

Bill Forney was an amazing man who loved and supported his family. I have many wonderful memories of our car rides together to watch Joe play ball or sitting in in his Sunday school class.
I am forever grateful for knowing Bill and his beautiful family.
Heaven gained another good one! You will be missed.
Praying for the Forney family. Sending my love.
Julie Campbell Smith

JoAnn Beggs

October 27, 2020

Bill was a good and generous friend to all! I shall never forget his many kindnesses to me when owning and operating a small business on South Walnut Street near his Auto Heaven!.
Rest well Bill Forney. You were a fine man!

Jeff Riggins

October 26, 2020

Karen and I send our condolences to the family of Bill Forney. I have many memories of good times with Bill and the family at Church and in scouting. I remember sleep-overs at the Forneys house and getting up early with Bill to deliver newspapers. Karen got to know Bill at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church and we always enjoyed talking with Bill.

Amanda Whitaker

October 26, 2020

To the whole Forney family, I am so sorry for your loss. It's been a pleasure getting to know all of you over the past several years. Bill has definitely held a special place in my heart and we will all miss him. The legend of "Wild Bill" lives on through his friends and family.
Best wishes and please take care,
Amanda Whitaker

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