February 15, 2007

(3/4/1921- 2/2/2007)

Earl Henry Forquer, 85, of Rutledge died February 2, 2007 at the Rosewood Care Center in Alton, Illinois.

He was born the son of Henry Patrick and Hattie (Grover) Forquer on March 4, 1921 at the family farm in Rutledge.

Earl Henry was one of the kindest, happiest men you would ever want to meet. He loved being around people, especially his family. Earl Henry enjoyed laughing and having a good time.

He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as an airplane mechanic.

Earl Henry married the former Anna Marie Swett on April 7, 1948 in Rumsford, Maine. To this union was born three daughters. She preceded him in death on July 4, 1974.

He then married Iva Lea Wright on August 13, 1978. She preceded him in death on November 16, 1995.

On February 19, 2000, he married the former Helen Coleman at the New Testament Church in Rutledge. She survives.

He was a member of the New Testament Church in Rutledge.

Earl Henry worked for 45 years as a mechanic in Rutledge, including owning and operating the Forquer Garage in Rutledge from 1962 until he retired in 1983.

He loved antique cars, especially Model T’s. After retiring, he devoted a great amount of time to his Model T hobby. Earl Henry renovated and restored many Model T engines over the years. In 1984, he was a charter member of the Illiamo Model T Club, and won the club’s President’s Trophy in 1989 for outstanding service. Earl Henry was instrumental in organizing the club’s semiannual tours by planning routes and arranging meals for the tourists. He was also a member of the Antique Car Club of Kirksville.

He was also a skilled woodworker, making clocks for everyone he knew. Earl Henry made 53 clocks for the members of the Model T clubs he belonged to.

Earl Henry was an avid and proud fisherman. No matter the size, the fish he caught was always bigger than Helen’s when they went fishing.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Anna Marie and Iva Lea; a daughter, Carolyn Swigert; and brothers Wallace and Raymond.

He is survived by his wife Helen of the home; daughters, Marilyn and husband Bruce Beske of Ottumwa and Ernestine and husband Leroy Poling of Farmsville, OH; stepdaughters, Norma Irene Ashlock of Raytown, MO, Lucille and husband Gene Lambert of Wellsville, KS, and Janet and husband Larry Hedenskog of Smithsville, MO; a sister, Mary Dean Farr of LaGrange, MO; grandchildren, Rae Ann and husband Brandon Campbell of Milan, Christina and husband Mark Weets of Papillion, NE, Erika Beske of Ottumwa, Michael and wife Jennifer Dromey of Augusta, KS, and Melissa and husband Dan Creek of Columbia; six great grandchildren; and several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 8, 2007 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with burial in the Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge. Officiating the service was Jim Brown, pastor of the New Testament Church in Rutledge. The Brothers & Sisters Quartet performed Amazing Grace, Victory in Jesus, and What A Day That Will Be. Gene Huling, John Cole, Brandon Campbell, Russell Otte, Bruce Beske and Billy Joe Coleman served as pallbearers. Graveside military rites were performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

Memorials are suggested to the Illiamo Model T Club and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis MO 63555.

You may email your condolences to Mr. Forquer’s family at gerths@gerths.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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