Kenneth Wayne Forester, 75, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at his home.
He was native of Catawba County, NC, and lived in Asheville for the majority of his life. He was predeceased by his loving mother, Ada G. Forester in 2016, father, James M. Forester, and brother Richard F. Forester.
He is survived by his wife, Katie; daughters, Elizabeth Sheridan (Dan), Jill Love (Nicholas); son, Wayne Forester; brother, Clifton Forester (Debbie); sister-in-law, Geraldine Forester; grandchildren and many caring nieces, nephews and supportive friends.
Upon graduating from Clyde A. Erwin High School, he continued his education at Mars Hill College then onto NC State for a Bachelors of Science Degree in Forestry where he retired from the US Forest Service as a surveyor. He was an avid bird watcher and joined many groups around the local area to go on walks and sightings.
He was an United States Vietnam Army Veteran and proudly served his country as an Artillary Surveyor for the 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded many medals; the National Defense Service, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service, Army Commendation, Good Conduct and pending Bronze Star. He joined the US Army Reserves where he was a Drill Sergeant and attained the rank of First Sergeant.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Groce Funeral Home Chapel on 856 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC. Internment with military honors will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, in Black Mountain, promptly at 14:00. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Stecoah Baptist Church, 89 Hyde Town Road, Robbinsville, NC, 28771.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Kenneth