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Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home

11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Forrest Laverne Ward Jr.

September 13, 1930September 3, 2020
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FORREST LAVERNE WARD – 09-13-1930

Forrest passed away peacefully at home following a lengthy illness with his wife, Sally, at his bedside. Forrest was born in Kansas City, Missouri. His father did government work and they moved frequently when he was growing up, so he lived in several different states eventually ending in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving four years in the Air Force. He met his first wife, Sonnie Collini, in Louisville and they were married in 1956 and had two girls, Terri and Vicki. Forrest moved his family to Jacksonville in 1964 where he worked for State Farm Insurance until his retirement in 1995 after 31 years. Sonnie suffered a short illness and passed away in 1986. He was introduced to his second wife, Sarah (Sally) Carlson by a mutual friend in 1988 and they were married in 1990. Sally had two sons, Michael and Brian from a previous marriage. Forrest and Sally enjoyed traveling, making several trips to Europe, cruises and traveling across the United States. He enjoyed getting their combined families together to celebrate the holidays and birthdays. Forrest is survived by his wife, Sally, his daughters Terri Roberts (John), Vicki Miller (Randall), stepsons, Dr. Michael Carlson (Patti) and Brian Carlson (Penny). He also has ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at Hardage Giddens Funeral Home, 11801 San Jose Blvd. at 10:00 am. Arrangements are under the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

Memories

Forrest Laverne Ward Jr.

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Terri Roberts

September 13, 2020

Dad, I will miss you. I was always your tom boy. You taught me how to pitch softball, swim and play golf. After mom passed away, we lived together and I got to spend a lot of time with you going to eat sushi every Monday night. We played so much golf together that some people even thought your were my sugar daddy. I know we probably played every course in Jacksonville and surrounding area.

Yes, you were not a man of many words, but your love was felt throughout my life. I will forever keep you in my heart. Love you always, your daughter, Terri.

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