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“Tom was a life long friend of mine. One of the best men I ever knew. Always thought of others before himself and always encouraging. Prayers for Tom...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Randy Frost - Sidnaw, MI

“I still remember all the craziness we had in high school. I couldn't ask for a better friend. May God bless you,( and keep you on the right track in...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Hankinson - Battle Creek, MI

“Very saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We had worked together at the Sheriff's Office. Tom was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Don Wright - Palm Coast, FL

“So very sorry to hear of Tom passing. I worked with Tom at the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department, had great times together and great memories. RIP ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Stadtfeld - Marshall, MI

“Tom was a very dear friend, and a very fun loving and intelligent person. We grew up together in 4H, and had plenty of adventures as neighbors and...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Cummings

“I was so shocked to hear this. I'm so very sorry for his family. He was a wonderful friend to me, I moved next door to him in 1991, he would either...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Terry Bailey - East Leroy, MI

“Rocky and Mary Marsh would like to send our deepest condolences to Tom's family. Tom worked at Kellogg's with me. He was a good person. He stayed in...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Rocky Marsh - Fulton, MI

“I worked with Tom and considered him a friend. May God bless him and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and those that were...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Callender - Battle Creek, MI

“I have fond memories of working with Tom for many years at the Kellogg Company. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Sandra Gilbert

“Found memories of a really good guy. Calhoun County S.O. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Mike Discher - Battle Creek, MI

“Tom was a really nice guy! Rest In Peace my friend. May Tom's family be blessed with comfort from God! ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Nancy Washburn-Jones - Friend

“My deepest condolences to Toms family. I remember him from school as being such a kind soul. May you find peace of heart with wonderful memories! ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Terri Everest Rolfe - MI

“My condolences to the Forward family. May the family find peace during this difficult time. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Cindy Pfeiffer (Borden) - IN

“Deepest sympathy to The Forward Family from The Berry Family. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Sheila Hebner - Millington, MI

“Linda, Ed and family: So very sorry for your less. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Julaine Nichol-Paltelki - MI

“My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Tom Forward. He was a classmate of mine. My fondest memory of Tom in high school is when we...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Mike Downing - Battle Creek, MI

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Thomas M. "Tom" Forward, 67 of East Leroy died at Bronson Battle Creek with his family at his side on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Tom was born August 21, 1950 in Battle Creek to Delbert James and Beatrice Bernadine (Bussis) Forward . He graduated from Harper Creek High School, served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves, retired from the Kellogg Company and was a former Calhoun County Deputy Sherriff.

Surviving are his sister, Linda A. Forward of East Lansing; brother, Edward M. (Linda M.) Forward of Ceresco; his nieces, Amy Forward of Scottsdale, AZ, Jenny (Andy) VanderLaan of Swartz Creek, MI; and three great nieces (The little ones in his life that Tom loved to spoil), Adelynn, Alexis and Alyssa VanderLaan.

Tom loved to raise and ride horses; to travel and hunt in Wyoming, Colorado and Canada and hunt deer in Michigan. Tom will be remembered for his dry sense of humor and for the love he showed his family and friends.

Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care and the hour prior to services on Saturday. Funeral services will be officiated by Pastor Gary Schooler 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the funeral home. 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. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at