Alan Ambrose Forthofer, 84, died Friday, March 21, 2014 in Florida. Born May 28, 1929 to Elmer and Lucille Dechant Forthofer. Alan lived most of his life in Ohio where he was a farmer. Alan moved to Durham in 1984 where he worked many years as a heavy equipment mechanic for Dennis Equipment and at Duke Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, two sisters and a grandson.
Surviving are: six sons, Peter Barbara of Fayetteville, Guy of OH, Glenn Lizz of IL, Rocky Monica of AZ, Bruce Madonna of MO, Fred Kim of Clayton; eight daughters, Joyce Robert Fagin of OH, Julie David Diehl of OH, Joan Tim Wren of AZ, Karen Michael Denchik of OH, Mary Glen Tomes of OH, Lenore Bridges of Durham, Carla John Sattler of IL, Rita Frank Baratta of FL, two brothers, Carl Lucia of FL and David of SC; a sister, Eileen Edwin Beriswell of FL; 34 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family will be present 6-8 pm Thursday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham. Alan’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12 pm Friday at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1001 Mason Rd., Durham. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alan’s memory may be made to Eternal Word Television Network ewtn.com. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com. See Obituaries.