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Rural Tampico trucker crushed while working on semitrailer

TAMPICO – Services for a rural Tampico man crushed as he worked under a semitrailer will be held next week.

Jeremy G. “Chet” Forward, 40, owner of Jeremy Forward Trucking for 10 years, was killed just before 2 p.m. Wednesday when the elevated trailer in the shop at his home at 28524 County Road 300 E. slipped and fell on him, Bureau County Coroner Janice Wamhoff said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Forward, a 1995 Tampico High School graduate, also enjoyed farming and raising cattle.

Among others, he is survived by his mother, Elaine Forward of Sterling; siblings Wendy Andersen of Aurora, Stephanie Wetzell of Prophetstown, Jennifer Forward of Rock Falls, and David Forward of Simsbury, Connecticut; and his girlfriend, Ryan DeBrock of Tampico.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with a funeral Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico.

His complete obituary is on Page A4.

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