Raymond Forbish

April 18, 1935August 1, 2013

Raymond John Forbish, 78, went to be with his LORD August 1, 2013, in Houston, TX. Ray was born April 18, 1935, in Colby, WI, and was the youngest son of Elvira and Gordon Forbish. Growing up on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin, Ray learned the value of hard work and graduated as the number one boy from his high school class. Excelling in school, Ray attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he graduated with a degree in Mining Engineering. During college and prior to graduation, Ray entered the United States Army and was stationed at NORAD in Colorado Springs, CO, as a code breaker.

Upon graduation, Ray was hired by Shell Oil Company in New Orleans, LA where he worked for 18 years. He then accepted a position with Houston Oil & Minerals and would later become Vice President of Challenger Minerals, a subsidiary of Global Marine in Houston, TX. He loved working and, therefore, did not retire but continued to work as an independent geological consultant. Ray married Fredna Mae Boyd December 12, 1964, in Jackson, MS. Ray and Fredna were married 22 wonderful years and had three children, Rae Marie, D’Ann and John before Fredna succumbed to a long term illness in 1986. Ray then married Sherry Hughes Mann on September 5, 1994, in London, England and again on September 9, 1994, in Richmond, TX. They were happily married for 18 years until Ray's sudden death.

Ray was a kind and gentle person who we will deeply miss. He was a faithful member of Bammel Church of Christ for 32 years and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his “Life Group.” He and Sherry were charter members of the Texas Opry Jamboree. Ray was a member of the Houston Geological Society, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association. While Ray worked projects on fields in many parts of the United States and Egypt, his specialty and passion was the Gulf Coast offshore. He loved rock formations wherever he could find them, and delighted in sharing that love with his children and grandchildren.

Besides Ray’s parents, wife Fredna, brother-in-law William Pevytoe, he was predeceased by his brother Eugene Forbish (Betty), of Clinton, IA. Ray is survived by his wife, Sherry Mann Forbish, brother, Tom Forbish (Shirley) of Marshfield, WI, sister, Joyce Pevytoe of Wausau, WI, daughters, Rae Marie Liddell (Alistair) of London, England, D'Ann Norwood (John) of Midland, TX, a son, John Forbish of San Diego, CA, stepsons Richard Mann (Traci) of Spring, TX and Blake Mann (Sammantha) of Tomball, TX, and grandchildren, William, Andrew and Philip Norwood, Tai and Kia Liddell, Trevor and Alyssa Mann, and Joseph and Sam Mann. Additionally, Ray is survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dr. John Zerwas and wife, Cindy, Lee Hughes and wife, Sara, and Leslie Boyd and wife, Anne Marie.

A celebration of Ray's life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Bammel Church of Christ, 2700 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bammel Church of Christ Building Fund, Croatia for Christ (may be mailed to 2700 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX, 77069), or to the charity of one's choice.


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Rosanne & Dan Hitch

August 22, 2013

We really enjoyed our time with you and Ray, meeting on the cruise ship and hitting it off like we did. We will have many fond memories of both of you. Please take care and accept our sincerest condolences.

Mary Ann Locknar

August 15, 2013

Caring thoughts are with you!

Don Same Jr.

August 14, 2013

Ray was a wonderful man and I will never forget the way Ray offered to help me and my feelings at a time of needing someone who loved God to comfort and pray for and with me. Thanks Ray, and God now has you where your reward will be plenty because of your kindness here. Will see you again and I can thank you in person. God bless.

Bob & Marilynn Kendall

August 14, 2013

Our deepest sympathy for your great loss. We have always thought so much of you and your family.

Fred Stein

August 8, 2013

Ray will be missed. He was a truly unique guy.

Theresa Porter

August 8, 2013

Sherry, my prayers are with you and your family. Be blessed.

Kathy Sturr

August 8, 2013

Sherry you and your family are in my prayers. Ray was a wonderful man, husband and father and will be greatly missed.

Mike Norton

August 8, 2013

Sherry, sorry for your loss.
We lost great geologist and great person... not many like him left.
The team here at Netherland, Sewell & Associates will miss him.

Nancy Callans

August 7, 2013

Sherry, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ray was a wonderful husband to you and embraced all your friends as his. He will be greatly missed.

Lynda Laferla-Schoolcraft

August 7, 2013

Sherry, it was nice to read about some things I did not know about Ray. I will miss his dry sense of humor. Now I guess Ray and Darrell can keep up with the latest sports scores from heaven. My love and prayers to you and your family.