SCHAR, DVM, Forrest "Doc" Homer, age 89, of Sardis, Ohio, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at his home.
He was born February 16, 1923, in Sardis, the son of the late Homer Ephraim and Lucille Grace Forrest Schar.
He attended several different schools in Wayne and Medina Counties, Ohio, and graduated from Westfield High School in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and before he was sent overseas he married Mary Louise Mikesell on April 1, 1944. He served in Italy during WWII for 14 months and received a Purple Heart. Upon his return, he enrolled at Otterbein College where he took his pre-veterinary courses, and then attended Ohio State University Veterinary College from which he graduated in 1952. He had a private veterinary practice in Belle Center, Ohio. He left that and worked for the Ohio Department of Agriculture as a state veterinarian, and moved to Bloomville, Ohio, where he lived for 16 years, and where his four children were raised.
He was a member of American Legion #434; Disabled American Veterans; and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He was a Christian and attended the United Methodist Church in Sardis.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Lee Schar; two sisters, Melba Giauque and Evelyn Frary; and a daughter-in-law, Sharon Schar.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Schar; four children, Danford Allan Schar of Newbury Park, CA, John Forrest Schar of Sardis, Evelyn Marker of Tiffin, OH and James Michael Schar of Frankfurt, Germany; a sister, Lovetta Power of Kansas City, KS; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home, 37234 Mound St., Sardis, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Interment in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Sardis, where military graveside services will be conducted.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.