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Edward J. Forder

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

STERLING – Edward J. Forder, 82, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at his home.

He was born July 5, 1931, in Coleta, the son of Edward E. and Marjorie A. (Rice) Forder. He married Ada Pearce on Sept. 29, 1950, in Morrison. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He had been employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling, for 34 years before retiring. He was a member and deacon of 16th Avenue Church of Christ in Sterling, and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking in his garage, and working on lawn mowers.

Survivors include his wife, Ada; two daughters, Marjorie (Ron) Dixon of Boaz, Ala., and Susan (Michael) Cole of Sterling; four grandchildren, Audreya Cole, Aryca (Albert) Hall, Brittany (Ernie) Neal, and Jason (Jen) Babin; five great-grandchildren, Jake Babin, Jamie Babin, Maddy Jo Hall, Anthony Neal, and Nicholas Neal; his sister, Kathleen Forder of Sterling; and his brother, Allen (Joanne) Forder of Buford, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at 16th Avenue Church of Christ. McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls is handling arrangements.

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