Julian F. Forthofer

OBITUARY from The Morning Journal, 5-3-07

``AVON -- Julian F. ''Foot'' Forthofer, 82, of Avon, died Monday, April 30, 2007, at St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake.

He was born Nov. 21, 1924, in Avon, and was a lifelong resident of Avon. Forthofer was owner and founder of Avon Hardware, Gun and Tack, established in 1948.

He was an avid hunter, trap shooter and outdoorsman. He was a founding member of the Avon Sportsman Club, a member of the Silver Wheels Cycle Club and a life member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association, National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited.

Forthofer was a member of St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, North Ridgeville, where he was active in the Prime Timers and was a minister of hospitality. He enjoyed sports and his family and was a 1942 graduate of Avon High School, where he lettered in basketball, football and track.

Survivors include his wife, Norma (nee Linden); children Lisa Matuszak, Daniel Forthofer and Linda Forthofer, all of Avon, Lawrence Forthofer of Grafton, Joseph ''Pete'' Forthofer of Whitefish, Mont., and Charles Forthofer of Bridgehampton, N.Y.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Forthofer, and sister, Ruth Plas.

Friends may call Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m., and Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., at Misencik Funeral Home, 36363 Detroit Road, Avon. Prayers there Saturday at 10:15 a.m. will be followed at 11 a.m. by Mass in St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 5500 Lear Nagle Road. The Rev. Richard Gonser, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780; St. Julie Billiart Church Endowment Fund, 5500 Lear Nagle Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039; or Monastery of the Poor Clares, 3501 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, OH 44111.''

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OBITUARY from The Chronicle-Telegram, 5-3-07

``Julian F. Forthofer, 82, died Monday, April 30, 2007, at St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake. He was born November 21, 1924 in Avon, and was a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of the Avon High School class of 1942, where he lettered in basketball, football, and track.

He was owner and founder of Avon Hardware/Gun and Tack established in 1948. He was an avid hunter, trap shooter, and outdoorsman. He was a founding member of Avon Sportsman Club, life member of the Amatuer Trap Shooting Assoc., and life member of both the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. He was a member of the Silver Wheels Cycle Club. He enjoyed following his children's and grandchildren's sports and activities.

He was a member of St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, N. Ridgeville, where he was active in the Prime Timers and was a Minister of Hospitality.

He is survived by his wife, Norma (nee Linden) ... [and] six grandchildren, Brian, Jason, Joseph, Justin, Kelsey and Tyler ...''

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