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D. Russell ‘Russ’ Forsythe


D. Russell “Russ” Forsythe, 89, of Belle Center, passed away at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine.

He was born in Huntsville on Feb. 6, 1924, to the late Alex R. and Helen M. Cooke Forsythe.

On Jan. 17, 1946, he married the former Miriam J. Harrod in Belle Center. His wife of 58 years preceded him in death April 12, 2004. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Thomas A. (Betty) Forsythe and Mary Joan (Harold) Yoder.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandy (David) Miracle of Belle Center and Kathy (Ralph) Root of Zanesfield; grandsons, John David “J.D.” (Mindy) Miracle and Joel Bryan (Heidi) Miracle; great-grandchildren, Jackson David Grimes, Trey Evan Miracle, Delaney Jo Miracle and Skylar Jo Miracle; stepgrandchildren, Beth (Chris) Maisenbacher, Ralph (Peggy) Root III, Wesley (Cindy) Root and Bradley Root; great-stepgrandchildren, C.J. and Katina Maisenbacher, Joshua and Justin Root, Zachary and Will Root, Emalie and Maxwell Root and Kiersten Thornton; and several nieces and nephews.

A farmer, he was the owner-operator of Forsythe Agri Service. He was a Richland Township trustee for nine years, served two terms as a Logan County Commissioner and also served on the Belle Center School Board of Education. He graduated from Belle Center High School, where he earned his State Farmer degree and was affiliated with other agriculture organizations. He was a member and elder at the Belle Center United Presbyterian Church and also attended the Belle Center United Methodist Church.

A 50-year member and past master of the Belle Center Masonic Lodge & Hamma Chapter 312 Order of Eastern Star, he was a life member of the Farm Bureau Council and Logan County Agrarian Club, a member and past president of the Ohio Cattleman’s Association and was a member of the Logan County Historical Society. He was an appointed member of the National Livestock Meat Board.

Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Belle Center, and one hour prior to a funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at the Belle Center United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kevin Smith officiating. Burial is in the Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Belle Center United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 101 S. Center St., Belle Center 43310; and The Homestead at Logan Acres, 2739 County Road 91, Bellefontaine 43311.

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