Bennett Funeral Home


William E. Forst

October 17, 1945January 11, 2021

William Forst, 75, a lifelong Loudon resident passed away on January 11, 2021 after suffering a medical emergency. Bill loved spending time with family and friends and always had a joke to share when meeting new people.

Known as “Wild Bill” he loved teaching and competing in Country Western dancing. He found fulfillment in bringing new life to old objects, and he never saw things as disposable which led to his love of flea markets. Bill saw the value in everyone and everything around him. He took pride in his mechanical engineering degree and in having been a member of Mensa.

Bill leaves behind many wonderful friends including Ed with whom he shared many cups of coffee. He was a man with very strong opinions and a big heart to go with them.

Members of his family include his brother, Kenneth Forst; cousins, Richard Melvin and Winnifred Laime; what he referred to as his greatest accomplishments, his four daughters, Heather and her husband, Scott Hoffacker, Darlene Forst, Johanna Forst and her fiancé, John Hamilton and Evelyn and her husband, Aaron Allen; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, John and Ruth (Melvin) Forst and sister, Pauline Forst.


  • Calling Hours

    Saturday, January 23, 2021


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Barbara Bloom

January 23, 2021

Johanna, John and family,
We never met your dad, but we do extend our deepest sympathy to you and family.
Keep him in your heart and remember he’s at peace and you will meet again.
Barbara and Gary

Mike Little

January 20, 2021

All we really have in life are Family and Friends. Bill was a true friend and I will miss him and look forward to seeing him later.

My sincerest sympathy to all of his family and thanks to Johanna for the opportunity to see Bill and tell him i will see him at a swap meet in the future.

Wanda Botticello

January 19, 2021

I'm sorry for the loss of your dad. Dad's are very special people in their daughters lives. I'm sure he will continue to watch over you. Your in my thoughts and prayers.


Deborah Lasher

January 16, 2021

Dear Heather, Darlene, Johanna and Evelyn,
So very sorry for the loss of your Dad.
Sending you all love and prayers during this difficult time.
Our Deepest Condolences,
Debby and Bob Lasher.

Theressa and Harold Robbins

January 16, 2021

Eve and Aaron and family
Our prayers and thoughts and lots of love are with you all
So sorry for your loss
Harold and Theressa
“Nene and Popo”

Bonnie Briggs (Sawyer)

January 16, 2021

Deepest condolences to the First's family. Heather sorry to see your Dad passing away.