Nelsen Williamsburg


John George Forrest Jr.

March 17, 1934October 7, 2021
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John Forrest's Celebration of Life will be at the Williamsburg Community Chapel on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 2:00pm EST. Directions are here:

Col. Forrest died of Covid so we’re taking extra steps to keep everyone safe. The service will be outside under a tent and we respectfully ask that all attendees wear masks and respect social distancing. There will be no viewing, reception or receiving line.

There is a live-stream link provided for those who wish to attend digitally. This will not be active until ½ hour before the celebration, Friday October 22nd, 2021 1:30 PM EST.

A service and burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at some point in the future.

No flowers please; instead, feel free to donate in John G Forrest’s name to:

The International Myeloma Foundation St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

or the charity of your choice.

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


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, October 22, 2021



John George Forrest Jr.

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Karen Hoekzema

October 22, 2021

John was such a generous and loving man. He loved his family so much. He loved his savior. He was an encourager and so kind in spirit. He is a role model on knowing and living the true important priorities of life. Our lives are made so much richer for having know him.

Karen and Tom Hoekzema


October 22, 2021

John, or Jack as Kathy would say, touched us all with his charm and humor. When we remember John, we all smile; and those who remember Geraldine, will laugh and drop a tear. My great regret is trying to follow Bob as Santa Claus at our Christmas parties when I should have passed the reindeer reins to a natural, John. A touch of John would have ensured a more Merry Christmas.

Chris and I will fondly remember and miss John, who now rests with his beloved Kathy.

Bill & Chris Shernit

Elaine Dugan Moore

October 20, 2021

These pictures show the Jack Forrest that his classmates of the Class of 1952 from Prospect Park High School knew.

Elaine Dugan Moore

October 20, 2021

Under Jack’s picture in his yearbook it read, “In stature, small; ambition, large.”
Athlete … smart remarks … “Who has a pencil?” … mighty mite …
good marks … argumentative … loud laugh … band leader
He wrote beside my picture ~ Elaine, You’re a nice girl that talks a great deal. We may not see eye to eye but I know this won’t hold you back. I hope you are very successful in everything you attempt.
All wonderful memories of a very happy time in our lives❣️

Ann Gross

October 18, 2021

To Kris, Matt and family -
I was so sorry to read of your father's death in the Lancaster (PA) newspaper yesterday. Your parents were dear friends of mine.
As you may know, your mother and I were college roommates and remained close friends all her life. Jack and Kathy were special! God bless them as they are together now. And bless you and your families as well. Fondly, Ann Gross

Marianne Sheely

October 18, 2021

Dear Matt, Kristen, Anne & family,

I have very fond memories growing up on Rambler Road of your dad/brother coming to visit. Your dad really was a brother to my dad. Your parents were always very kind to me and as an adult, they were always interested in what Ryan and Adam were doing. When Mark passed away in April, your dad was once again very kind and generous to me and my family. I was so saddened to hear of his death, but am blessed to have very fond memories of him and your whole family.

I will be with you via internet on Friday watching his service at home. Thanks for the link.

Love & peace,

jeffrey smith

October 12, 2021

It's hard to eulogize a figure larger than life. John was always a joy to be around. He never minced any words, he would tell you like it is. He always spoke about bringing up his son and the troubles he had. He also recognized that he was basically the same way when he was younger; maybe when he was older also. I think had to go back 3 times to pass his CIA polygraph test. Not because he lied, but because he was so hyper he probably had the needle jumping off the chart. He loved his golfing and we all loved the arguing over the various bets afterwards. I know he missed his wife greatly as she was the organizer of the family, the steadying influence over the bomblastic John. I will miss him greatly, but will see him again in the afterlife, assuming we both go to the same place. Rest in peace John, you were a good friend and I love you.

Kyle Anderson

October 9, 2021

I have very fond memories of John (and Kathy) and numerous beach vacations down to the Outer Banks. John and my father met at work and remained friends for nearly 45 years so i knew John from a very young age. He was truly one of the few people i always looked forward to seeing and John was genuinely a "nice guy" through and through. He was always funny, friendly, and accommodating - we felt like John was family and I think he felt the same.
I wish i could see John one more time here, but i look forward to seeing John in a place God has prepared for us. In the meantime, i take solace in knowing John and Kathy are together again.
Kyle Anderson(and family)
Gainesville, Va

Elaine Moore

October 8, 2021

Jack and I were classmates for many years and we graduated from Prospect Park High School in 1952. I have many fond memories of times shared with him. Jack was an outstanding scholar and was always in the middle of where fun activities were taking place! I send my deepest sympathy to his family knowing he will be sadly missed, however, fondly remembered❣️
Elaine Dugan Moore 🙏 💟



John G. Forrest (Col USAF Retired) died peacefully on 7 October, 2021. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife Kathryn. He is survived by; daughter Kristin Godfrey, husband Gary of Austin, TX; son Matthew Forrest, wife Melissa and 2 grandsons Mitchell and Maarten of Fairfax, VA.; sister Anne Hamilton of Newark, DE; nephew John Etherton, wife Donna of Darien, IL; niece Margret Houttmann, husband John and nephews Ryder, Caleb, Henry and niece Charli Bean of Hockessin, DE; sister in law Helen McRae; nephew Douglas McRae of Greenville SC.

John was born in Lancaster, PA raised in Prospect Park Pennsylvania and later moved to Manheim PA. He was a graduate of Prospect Park High School and Penn State Univ graduating with a degree in EE in 1957. He received his commission in the USAF through the ROTC. John retired after 27 years of active duty rising to the rank of Col. He flew B-47s and B52's among other aircraft. He participated in LineBacker II (bombing of Hanoi) during Dec 1972, for which he received the Bronze Star. He worked on several important projects (Advanced Airborne Command Post, TAC Sat Com, Support for the Analyst File Environment(SAFE) and several highly classified Intelligence projects) while serving in the Pentagon, first in the JCS and then in the OSD and finally the DIA. He received a number of medals but he was proudest of the Bronze Star and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement presented to him by the then Director of the CIA, William Casey.

After retiring from the AF he joined Quality Systems Inc of Fairfax, VA he spent 15 yrs rising to the VP for Business Development. He then became a consultant to BAE Systems, then on to other USG contractors and finally the US Gov directly. He began commuting to Williamsburg VA in the beginning of his consultancy and totally retired in 2008 at the age of 78. John was active in many endeavors; he was a member of the DAEDALIANS, Silver Wings, Quiet Birdmen(QBs), AFA, MOAA, IEEE, Manheim Lodge of F&AM.

John and his wife Kathryn were both active in the Williamsburg Community Chapel and loved his church and fellow Christians, during his more than 20 years in Williamsburg. They had many dear friends that they shared good times with the Bergs, VanDuyses, Piasics, Caples, Corbers, Janaros and the Rodgers to name only a few.

Pop/Poppa dearly loved his family and enjoyed his visits with daughter Kris and son-in-law Gary(Austin, TX); and Matt, daughter-in-law Melissa; the two Grandsons, Mitchell, Maarten and his Fuzzy Buddie Mercury (Fairfax, VA) and especially the summers at Corolla, NC beach with (son and daughter-in-law and two grandsons and loved ones from Melissa’s Mauri Family, and Lari & Mary Anderson and family). He and Kathy enjoyed 7 or 8 trips to Tortola in the BVI to visit dear friends Edith Ann and Don Ray.

No flowers please; instead, feel free to donate in John G Forrest’s name to The International Myeloma Foundation, St. Jude's Children Hospital, or the charity of your choice.