MISSOULA — Elmer N. Forsch, 86, passed away at home on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, due to natural causes. He was born in Mott, North Dakota, to Henry and Emma Forsch as the youngest of three children. He moved to Missoula with his family in 1936 and attended Missoula schools.

Elmer served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 stationed at Naval Air Stations in Whidbey Island, Washington, and Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon returning to Missoula he began a 35 year career traveling the roads of Montana as a salesman for various companies, including 16 years for Brach’s Candy.

In 1958 he married Carrol Larson of Missoula and they raised two children, Lynda and Daniel. Elmer loved living in Montana and embraced hunting, fishing and snowmobiling most of his life. He and Carrol retired in 1994 and spent many wonderful summers at their cabin on Flathead Lake with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Dolores Wohlschlager and Ella Kay Johnson. He is survived by Carrol his wife of 58 years, daughter Lynda Roberts, son Daniel (Cynthia) Forsch, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Special thanks to our dear and closest friends.

A celebration of Elmer’s life will be held at a later date. Memorials in Elmer’s name can be made to a local charity of the donor’s choosing.

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