Dorothy Elaine VanHorn Forney was born on December 7th, 1924 in a two room farmhouse south and east of Percival, Iowa. Her parents were Fred Reno VanHorn and Carmen Celeste Garrean VanHorn. She joined a brother Donald who was one of her best friends in this life. Shortly after her birth the family moved to a farm north of Forney Lake where she would eventually meet her future husband Dale Forney. Dorothy attended Bartlett schools where she excelled in academics and basketball of which she was later part of the all-southwest Iowa team. Shortly after graduating from high school in May of 1942, Dale and she travelled to Papillion Nebraska where they were secretly married by the justice of the peace. To this union were born three sons: Randall, Kendall and Brian.
Dale immediately shipped out to Africa as part of the Army Air Corps and Dorothy headed to Council Bluffs where she began work with the Scientific Company which made radio crystals for military use. When Dale returned on his first furlough, they announced their marriage and traveled together to Connecticut where Dorothy began work as a secretary while Dale was assigned to a photo reconnaissance group flying B-17’s. After the war, the two returned to the Forney Lake area to begin their lives in farming. Dorothy remained a housewife until she began work at the state Hospital School in 1962 as a direct care worker and medication aide. She remained in this position until she retired in 1990 after 28 years of service. Dorothy loved baseball and enjoyed watching her grandchildren in all of their sporting activities until the last one graduated in 2002.
Dorothy, during her 94 years, lived her entire life in southwest Iowa with the exception of the year she was in Old Lyme Connecticut. She loved Iowa, farm life and the wholesome lifestyles of the Midwest. Dorothy endured many hardships in her life including the great depression, the 2nd world war, Vietnam and the 1952 flood.
Dorothy was proceeded in death by her husband Dale, brother Don, son Randy and both parents. She is survived by her son Ken and wife Regina, son Brian and wife Karen, Daughter in law Mary Ruth and grandchildren Mike, Matt, Eli, Abe, Lucas, Billy and Katie and 16 great grandchildren as well as two nieces Janet (Stan) Bonnes of Columbia, Mo. and Peggy Brady of Pleasant Hill, Iowa.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Thurman, IA United Methodist Church with Mr. Gary Moles officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Thursday at the Church. Interment will be in the Thurman, IA Cemetery and memorials will go to the Thurman United Methodist Church or the Thurman Cemetery.
The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Tabor, IA is in charge of arrangements.