Wilson Forker Obituary

Wilson L. Forker
Wilson Forker
Wilson L. Forker

December 29, 1918 - January 29, 2008
Born in Colfax, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Wilson L. Forker, 89, died at Wesley Acres on January 26, 2008. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 29 at the First United Methodist Church.

Wilson was born in Colfax on December 29, 1918, the youngest child of Ora and Risdon Forker. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1936 and moved to Des Moines. He worked for the Des Moines Register and Tribune until serving in the US Army from 1942 to 1946. Wilson then joined the Equitable of Iowa as an Insurance Agent and also enrolled in Drake University. In 1949, he graduated from Drake with a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as earning his CLU designation, and in 1950, he was promoted to Agency Supervisor. In 1952, his promotion to the Home Office led to his ultimate position as President and Chief Executive Officer of EI Sales, Inc. Upon retiring in 1982, he became President of the Board of Directors of South Iowa Methodist Homes (now Wesley Retirement Services).

Joining the First United Methodist Church in 1936, Wilson was an active member, serving in many roles including Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Sunday School teacher, and director of many annual fund raising campaigns. He was a member of the Downtown Des Moines Kiwanis Club for nearly 50 years, serving as President in 1973. Wilson was a 50-year member of Waveland Park Lodge No. 654. He was the first president of the Hoover Booster Club.

After becoming a drummer in the Colfax High School Band, Wilson enjoyed a life-long love affair with the Summer Band Concerts on the Capital steps and always said that his favorite kind of music was Sousa marches. He was an avid photographer and had a passion for helping others.

Wilson was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two brothers. He is survived by Idabelle, his wife of 65 years, two sons, Alan (Jackie) of Denver, CO, and Tom (Beverly) of Los Alamos, NM, and four grandsons.

Memorial gifts may be given to Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund, 3520 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312 or First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant St., Des Moines, IA 50309.


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First United Methodist Church
1001 Pleasant
Des Moines, IA US 50309
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
2:00 PM
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Masonic Cemetery
1550 48th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
4:00 PM


Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312