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Robert Fred Forkner Jr., 86

April 11, 2010

MARCH 25, 1924-APRIL 10, 2010

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. - Robert Fred Forkner Jr., 86, of Moorefield, W.Va., passed away Saturday morning, April 10, 2010, at Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg, W.Va.

Born March 25, 1924, in Princeton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Robert F. Forkner Sr. and Beulah (Ashburn) Forkner.

He was a graduate of Hagerstown High School, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a graduate of Shepherd College and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.


He retired from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) and was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

His wife, Mary Louise (Hutter) Forkner, preceded him in death in July 2003. An infant brother and three sisters also preceded him in death.

Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Joan (Hutter) Weatherholtz of Columbia, Md., and Helen "Sammy" Martin of Moorefield; four nephews, Holly Martin of Moorefield, Fred Detrow of Hagerstown, Md., Dale Detrow of Lake Wales, Fla., and Kenneth Detrow of Martinsburg, W.Va.; four nieces, Sharon Wratchford of Moorefield, Karin Maxson of Ravenswood, W.Va., Cindy Kight of Midlothian, Va., and Linda Bingaman of Hagerstown; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 12, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Fraley Funeral Home Chapel, 107 Washington St., Moorefield, with the Rev. Karin Maxson officiating. Interment will follow in Olivet Cemetery.

Friends may call Monday after 8 a.m. and the family will receive friends from noon until the time of services at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Danyl Freeman, 388 Valley View Drive, Moorefield, WV 26836.

Condolences to the family may be left at Mr. Forkner's obituary at

Arrangements are under the direction of Fraley Funeral Home.

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