Richard Juvé Forns

June 19, 1943November 16, 2021
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Richard Juve Forns, age 78, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Richard was born June 19, 1943 in Rosita, coahuila, Mexico. He graduated from Eagle Pass High School. He was married to Mary Adele "Chula", the love of his life, on September 5, 1969. Richard had a career as a helicopter flight instructor for Bell Helicopter. He retired in 2016. Richard had a passion for flying, hunting, and taking care of his family.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents and his son, John David.

Richard leaves behind to cherish his memories; wife, Chula; and daughter Tracey (Orlando) Torres; and grandson, John David.

A memorial service for Richard will be held Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 8200 Old Brownsville Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78415.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Forns family.


  • Ricardo & Jenny Forns, Parents (deceased)
  • John David Forns, Son (deceased)
  • Mary Adele Forns "Chula", Wife
  • Tracey Torres (Orlando), Daughter
  • John David Torres, Grandson


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021


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Raul Arias

November 28, 2021

Al Mejor amigo, al mejor instructor, al mejor desprendido y apasionado Capitan( de la MAQUINA.( como el nos decia).

Siempre llevaremos tu legajo y enseñanza cada dia que remontamos vuelo.

Gracias por permitirnos compartir tus enseñanzas y enriquecedoras experiencias de tu vida.

Chula” … Ricardo siempre nos hablo de ti con muchísimo amor y con sentimientos profundos, y de momentos conmovedoras de su vida.

Nuestras Oraciones siempre estarán en ti
Rick. .
Esperamos todos en algún momento esta juntos nuevamente celebrando Dios Mediante. Saludos DONRA.

Jaime Fabrega

November 27, 2021

I had the privilege to meet Rick when he was my Flight Instructor at the Bell Helicopters Flight Academy.

My memories of him are of a gentleman, great instructor, and a marvelous human being.

I am sure He is in a better place now and for all of us who had the gift of his friendship will cherish his memory forever.

My condolences to all his family.

Jaime Fabrega
From Panama, Republic of Panama

Alonso Arias

November 27, 2021

What a shame to hear about Ric's Passing. He was a great friend, my best helicopter instructor and great mentor. My sincere condolences to Chula, Tracey and family. A big hug for everyone from Panama.

Randy Rowles

November 26, 2021

Please accept our deepest sympathies. Any person that spent time with Ric is better for it.

Ric…I’m gonna miss you my friend!

Randy and Samantha Rowles, and all of the Helicopter Institute family.


November 24, 2021

Dickie was a special friend and classmate, My love and condolences to the Forns Family!

Tracey Torres

November 23, 2021

I love and miss you Pop.

Jim McCollough

November 23, 2021

I was saddened to learn of Ric's passing. We were both pilots for Bell but worked in different departments. The times we spent together were mostly good.

The only exception was Saturday, June 5th, 1993. Ric and I had been running around Europe demonstrating a souped up Huey that Bell Marketing called the Huey II. We departed Spain in time to arrive in Paris for the Paris Air Show. It was all good until we flew our last leg from Le Mans to Toussus Le Noble airport near Paris. That is where the local French police decided to drop a net over us and detain us for illegally bringing a foreign military aircraft into France.

The interrogation was a hoot. The police didn't speak English and we didn't speak French. There was a Vietnamese tower operator present, Ric thought he was probably VC, who could speak Spanish and French. Just imagine how the questions and answers went thru the various translations. We knew we were legal, the aircraft was registered with the FAA as a commercial aircraft, but this wasn't the kind of thing we were going to explain to these vigilant cops at the airport.

Ric took one for the team. We had no luck reaching any Bell management folks by phone so Ric agreed to be detained as a hostage and continue discussions while I went by taxi to the Bell hotel to seek legal help. That was a good move because Ric is much more patient and polite than I am. Fortunately it all got sorted out by the company lawyer and Ric was released in a few hours. The next day we spent all day Sunday exploring Paris. Ric was a great traveling companion and a fun guy to be around.

We're all going to miss you Ric.

Chuck Koonce

November 23, 2021

Glenda and I were sadden to hear of Ric,s passing. He was a good friend and great Flight Instructor. Wonderful whit and humor and a joy to be around.


November 21, 2021

I am saddened to learn that the Eagle Pass High School class of 1961 has lost another classmate. Dickie came to our school from his home town of Rosita, Mexico where his father was employed. I remember joining Dickie on several trips to his home in Rosita where I was delighted to learn that teen-agers had no problem buying beer. Dickie had a friendly outgoing personality and he was very popular and he was a good friend. He was also a good athlete with cat-like reflexes. I am not surprised that he became an outstanding aviator. He was also a Patriot who served his country with great distinction. Safe Landings, my Friend.

Mark Zink

November 20, 2021

Dear and Tracy,
I was so sorry to hear of Ric's passing. We had many good times hunting at the Branscome Ranch and the many times we flew together. He sure will be missed by his family and his many friends.