Van Carl Forshee, 84, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2023 with his family by his side. He was born to Oscar Carl Forshee and Hazel Lovinia Linville in Tonkawa, Oklahoma on February 13, 1939.
Van enrolled in the Air Force out of high school where he was stationed and served overseas in Okinawa, Japan. Upon returning he was stationed in Rockport, Texas where he met and married Jerry Armstrong. They made a life in Rockport raising their three children, Flicia, Clyde, and Vanessa. They were married 45 years until Jerry's death in 2006. For many years, Van was an insurance professional with Life and Casualty Company. In 1978 Van founded a fresh seafood company he named "Mr. Fish", and for over 30 years provided "a taste of Rockport" to the finest restaurants in Texas. In 2010 Van married Gloria Bush, dividing their time between Rockport and Katy, Texas. He loved spending time with his family and was “Pa” to his grandkids and great grandchild.
Van is preceded in death by his father and mother, Oscar and Hazel Forshee, sisters, Carla May Forshee and Raesalee Forshee Cochran and wife, Jerry Armstrong Forshee.
Van is survived by his current wife, Gloria from Katy, Texas; his son, Clyde Forshee of Rockport; two daughters, Flicia (Steve) Orrange of Granite Shoals, Texas and Vanessa (Ben) Friebele of Portland, Texas; Five grandchildren: Britton Orrange of Austin, Texas, Julia (Bart) Davis of Austin, Texas, Stefanie (Alex) Forslund of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kyler Friebele of Rockport, Karlee Friebele and Kinsey Friebele of Portland, Texas. One great grandchild, Haley Davis of Austin, Texas.
Gloria's children include Frances (Patrick) Stolle, Debbie (Alan) Bradley, and Nick (Linda) Chetta, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A visitation/reception prior to the funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Rockport, Texas. Funeral services will follow the reception beginning at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 16, 2023. A private family burial will take place at Lamar Cemetary following the funeral service.