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“I was so shocked to hear of Ed's passing, my heart is hurting for all of you! I was Tom's neighbor, Terry Bailey, and Ed was so very nice after Tom...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Terry Bailey - East Leroy, MI

“Gary and I have the family in our prayers....I had a few classes with ED and he was always a kind person ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Juanita Pinkel - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry to hear about Ed's Passing. He and I worked together for years when I worked at Drum Heating. we would work together on a lot of Frohm...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Chris Jones - Battle Creek, MI

“Mother Foward I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Francesca Riley-Misner - AL

“Dear Forward Family,My condolence on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during your time of grieving and beyond. Ed will be missed...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Dorina (Dorie) Thornton - MI

“I can't think of anyone I'll miss more than Ed. We've kidded each other since we were kids, and my last conversation with him was full of barbs and...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Jim Cummings - Friend

“I have good memories of Ed and the high school days spent with him. He was always a first class person and to have known him was a pleasure. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Ken Struble - Munising, MI

“Linda and Family, You were the first to take Mason and Nolan under your wing when Aaron and I were going through a really rough time in our lives....Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Kimberly Oaks - Ceresco, MI

“The Forward family was as solid a Harper Creek family as you could get. I was lucky to have Ed as a classmate, a patient and as a good friend. We...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Jim Gilbert, MD - Hickory Corners, MI

“Deepest sympathy to The Forward Family. May God enfold you in His love, peace fill your hearts, words and friendships comfort you and cherished...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Sheila Hebner & Nilah Berry - MI

“What I saw in the years I've known Ed, is he was a loving husband, father Uncle and Grandfather (Papa). Back in the day we had so much fun going to...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Donna and Jim Smith - Springfield, MI

“Always enjoyed talking with and interacting with Ed. He was a quiet and kind person. Will miss him. My best to his family. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Calvin Lutz - Union City, MI

“Dear Linda, Jenny, Amy, & familyRon & I are so very sorry to learn of Ed's passing! We hope the wonderful family memories you have to cherish, will...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Lois Fields - Battle Creek, MI

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Edward M. Forward, 74, of Ceresco, Michigan died peacefully at home, after fighting a rare form of Lymphoma since November of 2021.

Ed was born July 18, 1947 in Battle Creek to Delbert James and Beatrice B. (Bussis) Forward. He was a 1965 graduate of Harper Creek High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Ed honorably served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He began his career at Hanger Plumbing, became a Journeyman Plumber; and joined the Plumbers Union. He then owned and operated his own business, Forward Plumbing until retiring; and then continued to do some side jobs for a few years.

Ed met the love of his life, Linda Marie Kenyon in February 1978, it was "Love at First Sight" and they were united in marriage on September 2, 1978 in Battle Creek at First Congregational Church. Surviving is his wife Linda; two daughters, Jennifer M. (Andrew) Vander Laan of Swartz Creek, Amy L. (Benjamin) Swanholm of Tempe, AZ; grandchildren, Adelynn, Alexis and Alyssa Vander Laan, Rowan Swanholm and another Swanholm due in July; his sister, Linda A. Forward of East Lansing; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas M. Forward.

Ed was a member of UA Local 333 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and the NRA. In his early years, Ed owned and raced his dragster at Martin Speedway. He loved the outdoors, and traveling and camping with his family. He and Linda found 30 waterfalls in the UP on one trip and talked about going to find hundreds of others. He enjoyed deer, bear, antelope and mule deer hunting, especially in the UP. He enjoyed fishing with his buddies. When his girls were growing up, Ed coached their basketball teams and was always in the stands cheering on his girls and coaching the referees. Ed will be remembered as "Papa" and for his Donald Duck impressions.

Friends will be received 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 16th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A funeral service to celebrate Ed's life will be officiated by Rev. Scott Loughrige 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the funeral home. The service will be live-streamed and may be viewed by visiting: or on the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care Facebook Page. Military honors, committal and interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beatrice B. Forward Memorial Fund through the Battle Creek Community Foundation, 32 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1, Battle Creek, MI 49017 or at:

Personal messages for the family or your favorite memory of Ed may be placed in the Memory Book at