Dean Lee Forbes

October 9, 1943 - May 23, 2023
Dean Lee Forbes

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Dean Lee Forbes, 79, of Wellsville, died Tuesday at home.

Dean was born Oct. 9, 1943, the son of the late Dean L. and Ellen K. (Knepper) Forbes.  He was the husband of Sandra Jane (Reese) Forbes, whom he married June 24, 1967, and spent more than 55 years with love, humor and adventure.

He was a graduate of Wellsville High School in 1961 and Ohio University in 1965.  He taught and coached at Southern Local, Lisbon and Edison Local School Districts.  He loved to hunt, fish, and hike the family farm where he grew up and farmed throughout the years.  Dean was a lifelong fan of the Browns, Indians and Celtics. He was a world traveler, whose adventures included the continents of Europe and Australia, as well as countless fishing trips to Canada.

Besides his wife, who he called Sam, Dean is survived by two daughters – Deanne Johnson and her husband Donald, of East Palestine; and Amanda Bacon and her husband Bret, of Ashley.  He was the grandfather of Kendra Hoover, and her fiancé Noah Bard, of Niles, Justin Bacon, and his wife Taylor, of Streetsboro, and Juliann Bacon of Ashley.  He was a recent great-grandfather to Luke Bacon of Streetsboro.

He also leaves his brother, William Forbes, of Wellsville, and his mother-in-law, M. Jane Reese, of Wellsville; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, preceding him in death was a sister-in-law, Linda Forbes.  

The funeral service will be held at 11AM, on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – Martin Chapel, in Calcutta, Ohio, with Pastor Dirk Hall of The Living Well officiating. Visitation for friends and family will be held Friday, May 26, from 4pm-8pm, as well as 1 hour prior to service on Saturday. Burial will follow at the Yellow Creek Cemetery in Wellsville, Ohio.

Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas, 66675; or Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH  45250.

Visiting Hours

Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists- Martin Chapel - Directions
15872 St Clair Avenue
  • Friday, May 26, 2023
  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 27, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Saturday, May 27, 2023
11:00 AM

Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – Martin Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Ave
East Liverpool, OH 43920

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  • May 28, 2023
    Larry Mary Gail Kimmel and family Robert Barth says:
    Sandy and entire family So very sorry to hear about Dean You are in our thoughts and prayers

  • May 26, 2023
    Family of Fred Woodrow says:
    Our condolences. The family of the late Fred Woodrow.

  • May 25, 2023
    Linda and Larry Ensinger says:
    Dear Sandy, Deanne, Amanda and families, We are so very saddened to hear of Dean’s passing. We will always treasure memories of our times spent together over the years. Dean was such a good upstanding man with a true moral compass. I remember fondly the occasions when he was young and would come to visit our farm to go rabbit hunting with my brother, Rod, who sadly also passed away last September. I know Rod always considered Dean a true friend. They had attended WHS together, as well. I like to think of both of them as the young boys and teens they were then, with their whole lives ahead of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. I hope your memories of happy times with him will bring you some peace.