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Pete Forbes

Jan. 6, 1919-Dec. 2, 2012

December 4, 2012
Minot Daily News

Robert "Pete" Forbes, 93, Minot, formerly of Newburg, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at his residence in Minot.

Robert "Pete" Forbes was born Jan. 6, 1919, the son of Matthew and Agnes (Wettlaufer) Forbes, in Omemee. He was raised and educated in Omemee, graduating from Omemee High School in 1936.

Pete enlisted in the Army on Feb. 2, 1942. He followed General Patton through Europe with the 695th Division of the 3rd Armored Division. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged Sept. 20, 1945. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Pete returned to North Dakota.

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Pete married Loretta Davis Sept. 25, 1945, in Wolf Point, Mont. They had made their residence in Bottineau, Omemee, Tioga, and Newburg. Pete farmed for a few years before his career working in the oil field in 1952. He started with what was then Oil Field Service, later to become Amerada. He was transferred to Newburg Oil Field with what was then Amerada-Hess. He retired as a supervisor from Amerada-Hess in 1985.

Loretta passed away March 24, 2005. Following his wife's death, Pete moved to Brentmoor Assisted Living in Minot, where he resided until the time of his death.

He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot, and was a former member of the Dovre Lutheran Church in Newburg. Pete was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Pete's love of horses was a lifetime joy. He received his nickname from a harness racing gentleman named Pete at the Bottineau County Fairgrounds, whom he followed and helped. He started a youth group of horse lovers known as the Newburg Nite Riders in the early '60s. He started harness racing for fun in 1982 and went professional in 1985. He had memberships with the Canadian Trotting Association, U.S. Trotting Association, Manitoba Racing Association, Saskatchewan Racing Association, and the North Dakota Racing Association.

Pete's love of life, positive attitude, and tremendous sense of humor will be forever remembered by friends and family. He will always be thought of with a smile.

Surviving family includes: children, Sherry (Robert) Shafer, of Everett, Wash., Danny (Jamie) Forbes, Antler, and Kellen (Kathy) Forbes, Burlington; grandchildren, Candace Bussierre, Donevan Mortenson, Shane Forbes, Kelly Jo Eaton; great-grandchildren, Carl Abernathey Jr., Chad Abernathey, Andrea Abernathey and Kaden Eaton; great-great-grandchildren, Landon Stokes and Rory Abernathey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loretta; infant twins, Leroy and Lola; brothers, George, Alex, and Allen; and sister, Ellen.

Funeral: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at 1 p.m., in Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.

Visitation: Today, Dec. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: Memorials are preferred to the American Legion, Minot.

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