William H. “Bill” Forney, 92, transferred to his heavenly home on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Antonine Village in North Jackson.
He was born August 6, 1927 in Youngstown the son of the late William Edward Forney and Mildred (Riddle) Forney.
Bill served in the Army from 1945 to 1946 at Geiger Field in Washington. He attended Youngstown College - the School of Engineering. He retired as Foreman Mechanic at Browning Ferris Industries after 34 years. Bill drove late model stock cars for 20 years at local tracks such as Canfield and Sharon Speedways. He also drove at Heidelberg, Cloverleaf, Painesville, South Park, Sportsmans Park, Akron Rubber Bowl, Orrville, Hickory, Sandusky, CNE Track in Canada and Raceway 7. He was the only 7-time champion at Canfield Speedway between 1959 - 1968, as well as the 1964 champ at Sharon Speedway. He was inducted into the Cloverleaf Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Twin State Auto Racing Club Hall of Fame in 2010.
Bill also loved traveling. He and his wife of 60 years, Martha, visited 48 of the continental United States. During his retirement, Bill drove cars to and from auction for local car dealers, enjoyed fishing, walking, reading, spending time with family and visiting nearby casinos.
He was a member of Central Christian Church in Youngstown and in recent years The Paul Easton Church at Glenellen. While at Central, he served as a Deacon, Trustee and assisted in maintaining the church van.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Martha R. Edgerton who died October 9, 2010 and a sister, Trudy M. Forney of California who died December 31, 2017. He is survived by a son, William Michael (Colleen) Forney of Winter Garden, FL; a daughter Anita (Craig) Carson of Boardman; a granddaughter Jenn (Adam) Kusiak of Winter Garden, FL; a granddaughter Sarah (Moses) Chun of Austin, TX; and two great-granddaughters, Taylor and Kallie Kusiak of Winter Garden, FL. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Mary Pesut and brother-in-law Ed Edgerton, both of Poland, a sister-in-law Eileen Edgerton of North Ridgeville, OH and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Sister Dolly and all of the staff at Antonine Village for their very compassionate care and Crossroads Hospice nurse Mary and Chaplain Lori for their tender care during Bill’s transition to his “new home.”
There will be calling hours at Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market Street, Boardman from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the funeral home on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. with visitation from 12 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions in Bill’s memory to The Antonine Village, 2675 N. Lipkey Road, North Jackson, Ohio 44451.
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