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James Forney

November 20, 1950 — April 1, 2023

James Russell Forney, 72, of Madrid, passed away at home on April 1, 2023.

Jim was born November 20, 1950, at Aurora, Nebraska, to Arthur and Francis (Peak) Forney. He attended school in Rollins, WY. Jim's strong work ethic developed early in his life, working as a ranch hand in his youth. He subsequently entered the US. Army.

In 1971, he married his sweetheart, Dorothy Ann Minerd, who supported him during his military service. Their marriage was blessed with four children before their eventual divorce in 1991.

Jim served his country with honor and distinction in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Throughout his 20-year military career, he spent nine years in Germany and mastered six languages, showcasing his intelligence and adaptability. As a supply sergeant, he played a vital role in supporting his fellow troops.

Following his military retirement in 1989, Jim continued to work hard, spending a few years with the railroad. In 2007, he returned to Madrid to care for his aging parents.

Jim enjoyed gardening and helping his cousin, Dave, with construction work. He spent a great deal of time doing housework, but fishing was his ultimate joy. With a collection of 40 fishing poles and 30 tackle boxes, he was always ready to cast a line.

Known for his eclectic taste in music, Jim enjoyed everything from truck-driving tunes to the hits of the 1950s. His irreverent sense of humor brought smiles and laughter to those around him, making life a little brighter for all who knew him.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles and Edward Forney; and son, Lloyd Forney, in 1988. He is survived by his children, Chanel (Charles) Jennings of Madrid, Angel (Justin) Christian of WA, and Russell (Johanna) Forney of Casper, WY; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren with two on the way; two brothers, Roger Forney of OK and Doug Forney of Madrid; along with many other relatives and friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com.

Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.
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