FOREST CITY - Odell Forslund, age 97 of Foret City, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Forest City.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Pastor Rodd Hopp officiating. There will be no visitation.
Inurnment will be later this spring at the Osage Cemetery in Osage, Iowa.
Cyrus Levi Odell Forslund was born in Osage, Iowa on November 2, 1912 to Carl Johan and Oline (Lena) Forslund. He graduated from Osage High School in 1930 and went on to graduate from Luther College in 1934 with a degree in teaching. His first teaching and coaching assignment was in Rake, Iowa and it was during that time he met and married Alice Michaelson his wife of over 71 years.
Teaching and coaching took him from Rake to Forest City and on to Buffalo Center. During World War II he was an instructor at the Air Corps Station at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1947 Odell moved his family to Forest City where he owned and operated the Forest City Cleaning Plant for 10 years. When Waldorf College needed a football coach in the mid 1950s Odell stepped up and held the head coaching position for one year. In 1958 he went back to teaching full time and earned his Masters degree from Mankato State University. He next went into sales where he was involved with the carpet industry from the early 1960s until he retired at the age of 80 in 1992.
Odell was always interested in promoting Forest City and was instrumental in establishing the Forest City Pro-AM golf tournament. He also owned and operated the Knob Hill Ski Resort from 1961 through 1965 which was the only ski area in Iowa at the time. He was chairman of the planning committee for the Forest City Centennial and was also honored fifty years later in the Bicentennial parade.
He is survived by his wife Alice, son John (Mary) of Leavenworth, Kansas, son Tom (Barbara) of Casper, Wyoming, four grandchildren: Eric Forslund of Addison, Texas, Beth Forslund of Bozeman, Montana, Martha Linscott of Kansas City, Missouri, Michelle Carter of Olathe, Kansas and five great grandchildren; Hayden, Emma and Maeve Linscott of Kansas City, Missouri; Kara and Keith Carter of Olathe, Kansas.
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