Rev. J. Carlton Forshee, 88, Woodland, Minn.

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 24, 2004

The Rev. J. Carlton Forshee died Monday morning, Sept. 20, 2004, at Methodist Hospital, eight months after a severe stroke.

Carlton was born June 19, 1916, in Nanticoke, N.Y., and on Aug. 11, 1944, he was

married to Lorene Richardson.

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As a young man, he took a position in Brooklyn, N.Y, and while there, experienced a call to the Christian ministry. In preparation for that calling, he enrolled at Asbury College and Seminary. After graduation from Asbury, he pursued the Master of Theology degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1948. He served churches in Minnesota: Hennepin Ave (Associate) 1954-63; and Albert Lea 1963-74. In 1974 he was appointed to a six year term as District Superintendent of the Northeast District of the Minnesota Annual Conference. Following that assignment, he was pastor of the United Methodist Church in Coon

Rapids, from which he retired in 1986. In retirement, he served for 18 years as Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Manager of the Credit Union of the Minnesota Annual Conference.

Carlton was known among his colleagues as a diligent and effective pastor and administrator. He combined compassion and integrity in his pastoral and supervisory appointments, and was a valued member of numerous committees in the Annual Conference.

Upon retirement, he moved to Groveland Homeowners Association, Woodland, Minn., where he had a summer home for many years. He was an avid tennis player and devoted winter hours to cultivating thousands of seedlings to be planted in the spring to beautify the grounds of the Association.

Carlton leaves his wife, Lorene; two sons: Jerry Carlton of Bloomington, Ind., and John Curtis of

Hopkins; and one daughter, Jeannene of New Brighton. His four grandchildren are: Jennifer Forshee, Jacquelyn Leys, Jeffrey Forshee and John Forshee. His one great-grandson is Charles William Leys.

The memorial service was at the Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church, Lyndale at Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, Thursday at 2 p.m., with visitation at the church from 1 to 2 p.m.

Memorials may be given to: Groveland Homeowners Flower Fund, 2860 East Rd., Woodland, MN 55391, or to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, Edina Chapel (952-920-3996), is in charge of arrangements.