David John Forgatsch, 88, of Fremont, OH passed away peacefully on June 1, 2017 at his home. He was born June 9, 1928, in Fremont, Ohio, to Joseph and Eula (Bower) Forgatsch. He was a graduate of Fremont Ross High School, class of 1946. He married Shelby (Klink) Quick in 1989, and she survives. Also surviving are daughters, Dr. Sara (Phillip) Handley, San Antonio, TX; Marsha (Joe) Fuqua, Titusville, FL; Susan (William) Rees, Spring Hill, FL; Carolyn Link, Fremont; step-daughter, Joni (Chris) Sanna, Fremont; step-son, William (Lynn) Quick, Fremont; two nieces and a nephew; five step-grandchildren; and six step-great grandchildren. His parents, and brothers Joseph and James are deceased.
David was employed at the Fremont Post Office, as a clerk, and retired in 1983, after 35 years. He was a former President and Steward of the Fremont Local of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). He served as Recording Secretary of the Sandusky County Labor Council for many years. He was elected to two terms as a member of the Fremont City Board of Education, 1968-1975, and was President in 1971; he was also a member of the Vanguard Joint Vocational Board of Education, 1972-1975, and was President in 1975. David served on the Fremont City Recreation Board while on the school board. He was elected Sandusky County Commissioner in 1994, and served four years. He was President two years, in 1996 and 1997. He was a former member of the Sandusky/ Seneca County Workforce Investment Policy Board.
He was a member of the Sandusky County Democratic Central and Executive Committee. In 1998, he was named “Democrat of the Year”.
David was a former President of the Fremont Chapter of The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), and was instrumental in re-activating the Fremont Chapter. He was a Vice President of Vacationland Chapter 1030, NARFE, Pt. Clinton. He was active in the Boy Scouts, and served as a Neighborhood Commissioner and Cub Master. He served as Scoutmaster from 1961 to 1963. He first became associated with the Boy Scouts as a member of one of the first Cub Scout Packs in Fremont, which was started at St. Mark’s church by Rev. Otto and his wife, about 1937. David was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was a member of Oliver H. Perry Lodge 341, F&AM, and Order of Eastern Star Chapter 267, both of Port Clinton. He was a social member of the VFW. He was an Ohio State and Cleveland Indians fan. He collected baseball cards. David loved Big Band music and jazz, and had a large collection of recordings. He was a member of the Burger King “Liars Club”.
It was David’s wishes to be cremated. There will be no services at this time.
Memorials can be made to the School of Hope in David’s memory.
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I am sorry to hear about your loss.
Keep the special memories you have close to your hearts forever
What to say…one of the most sincere and compassion human beings on this earth. He served us all well and with gusto as his obit states. My wishes for his family are a remark I can hear him saying ‘Thank God free at last…no more pain or suffering. I am home!’
Thanks for being a wonderful friend.
Jane Tooman DeVanna
You have my sympathy and prayers.
Amy Michael Leadford
Marsha, so very sorry to hear about your father’s passing. God Bless your family. May he rest in peace.
Carolyn sorry for your loss.
Dear Shelby, we are so sorry to hear of your loss,
We are so glad you are our neighbors,our deepest condolences
To you and your family,. The Huff’s ,Matt, Lora, Alex,madelynne ,reagan
Shelby, our sincere symparhy to you in the passing of Dave. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Chuck and Arlene Lenhart
Sue, Carolyn and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Cindy and Wade Young
So sorry for the loss of your father. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself.
Sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed talking to him when I saw him around town. He was an asset to the community.
Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Remember him to be such a wonderful man.
You and your family have my deepest sympathy.
May God give peace and comfort.
James and Tina King
So sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful man and outstanding public servant. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss and celebration.