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UPDATE: Former commissioner Forsythe dies at age 89



D. Russell “Russ” Forsythe, a two-term Logan County Commissioner, died Monday at age 89.

Mr. Forsythe, a longtime Belle Center area farmer, served nine years as a Richland Township trustee before being elected to the commission in 1994. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 2002.

Former longtime commissioners’ clerk Judy Grove, who had been visiting Mr. Forsythe regularly at Logan Acres, was saddened to hear the news.

“He was always a wonderful person to work with, very thoughtful and dedicated,” Mrs. Grove said. “He took everything very seriously that came before the commission.

“Being a commissioner meant a lot to him. He didn’t take it lightly.”

Logan County Commissioner John Bayliss is the only current commissioner to have worked with Mr. Forsythe. Mr. Bayliss noted his former colleague’s devout religious beliefs as fundamental to who Mr. Forsythe was.

Mr. Bayliss also said he thought Mr. Forsythe was most proud of the construction of the new Logan County sheriff’s office and jail, and the renovation of the juvenile detention center.

“Russ was proudest of being instrumental in the sheriff’s office and jail projects and the JDC renovation,” Mr. Bayliss said. “He was a strong leader and also strong advocate of the agriculture community.”

Mr. Bayliss said he believed Mr. Forsythe was pleased that commissioners who followed him were able to follow through with the Homestead at Logan Acres.

“We will all miss Russ Forsythe,” Mr. Bayliss concluded.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam, and is survived by two daughters, Sandy (Dave) Miracle and Kathy (Ralph) Root.

Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Belle Center is handling the arrangements.

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