Kenneth Richard Forster

Born: Mon., Mar. 19, 1962
Died: Sat., Oct. 10, 2020


Visitation

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Oct. 17, 2020
Location: Donald B Thompson Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:30 AM Sat., Oct. 17, 2020
Location: Zion Lutheran Cemetery


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Kenneth Richard Forster, 58, of Myersville, died Saturday Oct. 10, 2020 at Northampton Manor Nursing Home, Frederick. He was the husband of Cheryl Anne Forster.

Born in New York City in March 1962, he was a son of the late William and Evelyn Rodgers Forster. He had a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and was employed as a branch chief with NOAA in Silver Spring for thirty years. He was an avid golfer and sports fan, following the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, Washington Redskins and Washington Wizards.

Surviving, besides his wife, are three sons Sean Richard Forster, Laredo Texas; Jeffrey Scott (Samantha Ramirez), McAllen, Texas; Bradley Alan Foster of Myersville; two grandchildren Jacob and Naela and one brother Art Forster (Natalie) of Boynton Beach, Florida.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Middletown. John Pencola will officiate.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Fredrick Health Hospice, 516 Trail Ave., Frederick, MD 21701 or to American Brain Tumor Association at ABTA.org.

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Tara
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Cheryl & Family ~ my thoughts and prayers to all of you. I will miss having him in my life especially at NOAA. I miss the morning chats. He may now rest in peace. Tara

Diane Yingling
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear of Kenneth's passing. I know how hard it is and how hard it is going to be for you. Vernon my husband just passed on August 1. If you ever need someone to talk to, cry with or just to listen please give me a call 240-674-7800. This is the hardest thing I have ever gone through. Vernon's death was sudden with no explanation of why he had a massive heart attach but it's not for us to question it is something that the ones left behind have to endure. My heart and prayers goes out to you and your family. Please give me a call anytime.

Allen L. Burgenson
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Dear Cheryl and Bradley, We are so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He was an all-around great guy, and a terrific baseball coach. It was an honor to know him. May you find strength and peace.

The Burgenson Family

Marianne Brodrick
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
My dear Cheryl Anne, you know I love you so much and want to be with you right now. I hope you can find some peace in knowing that Ken no longer has to fight. I am sure he was worried about what you and Bradley have been going through also. He is in good hands with his family and ours now. "Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that are happy."

Jeanne Simpson
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Dear Cousin, I'm so sorry you lost your husband. Through you Facebook posts, I could know there was a great love between the two of you. He is resting now. I hope knowing he is at peace helps bring solace to your your days. Love your cousin, Jeanne Simpson

Lynn Regert
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Cheryl, Sending my condolences to you and your family...i'm here if you need anything. Love you!

Jay Nunenkamp
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Ken was always helpful and happy. I only worked with him briefly, but even years later he never forgot my name and was always ready with a smile. Thank you for sharing him with us at Coast Survey.

Latonya Wilson
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
My deepest condolences for your loss.

Ken always met me with a beautiful smile.

Peace and blessings.

Del Lipscomb
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to Ken's family. I worked with or for Ken for many years and I was glad to have developed a friendship with him. He was a good person to work with and I'm glad to have known him and to been able to count him among my friends.

Chris Libeau
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Cheryl and family,
Sorry for your loss. Ken will be missed. Ken was great to see, talk to and work with. He was a good mentor and friend. We are all thinking of you and wishing you the best.
Chris

Yogen Shan
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Dear Cheryl & Family,

We are very sorry to hear Ken's passing. I have no words to express my condolences. I always remember his friendly smile and chats. He always encouraged me and my team at NOAA. We overcame the work difficulties many many times under his guidance and support. It was an honor for us to have known such a great person.

May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult period. Ken, we will miss you. But your gentle spirit will live in our hearts, forever.

- Yogen & Team

Allison Wittrock
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
I will miss chatting with Ken at work. He had the best laugh :) My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Ken

yoagentharan shanmugasundaram
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020

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Hugh Rein
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Dear Cheryl, I am very saddened to learn of Ken's passing. As I expressed in email, when I first arrived at NOAA, he without asking took me under his wing and got me started with everything about federal service, something I have always appreciated so much. I will miss our talks about the local professional teams and the times we talked about our sons playing baseball. I take comfort knowing now he is not in pain anymore and that he touched so many lives, my condolences to the family.

Bill Ohno
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Cheryl, Brad, and Ken's entire family,
So sorry about Ken's passing. He was a good friend at work to talk to about sports and life in general. He was so proud of Brad's track accomplishments! He will be very much missed by everyone.

Marc Higgins
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Bradley, There's a day every year at NOAA when the kids come to work to see what happens at the office. You came on one of those days with your dad about ten years ago. My sons also came that day and we all went to McDonald's for lunch. It was nothing special (quarter pounders, chicken nuggets, etc) but there were a few moments when I saw the love your father felt towards you. It was easy to recognize. It was subtle but strong. After that day we often talked about our sons as you all grew from boys into young men. He was always excited to tell me about your goals, achievements and sometimes frustrations, but he also spent the same amount of time asking about my sons and listening to my stories. He was a listener. So.... now back to the present. I'm sure you're missing him, and it's normal for that feeling to not go away soon. When you miss him go to a place you used to go together, or do an activity you used to do together. Be there with him in those moments. When you're watching the Capitals you're watching for him too. He needs to know how they're doing. Find little ways to be with him. He will be there.

Marc Higgins
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Bradley, There's a day every year at NOAA when the kids come to work to see what happens at the office. You came on one of those days with your dad about ten years ago. My sons also came that day and we all went to McDonald's for lunch. It was nothing special (quarter pounders, chicken nuggets, etc) but there were a few moments when I saw the love your father felt towards you. It was easy to recognize. It was subtle but strong. After that day we often talked about our sons as you all grew from boys into young men. He was always excited to tell me about your goals, achievements and sometimes frustrations, but he also spent the same amount of time asking about my sons and listening to my stories. He was a listener. So.... now back to the present. I'm sure you're missing him, and it's normal for that feeling to not go away soon. When you miss him go to a place you used to go together, or do an activity you used to do together. Be there with him in those moments. When you're watching the Capitals you're watching for him too. He needs to know how they're doing. Find little ways to be with him. He will be there.

Rob Ciepiela
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Dear Forster Family,

My sincerest condolences on the passing of Ken. He was my first boss at NOAA and made me feel welcome from the very beginning. As others have mentioned, he was always free to talk and we often talked about our families and children. His love of and pride in his family was evident. He will be missed by all.

Kevin Shaw
   Posted Wed October 14, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ken. We went back several years to your first days at NOAA in Rockville. You will be missed tremendously by so many whose lives you touched. May you rest in peace now. Your legacy in Marine Charts will live on forever.

Kevin

Ellen Sanford
   Posted Wed October 14, 2020
Dear Cheryl and Family,
My deepest condolences to you and your family.  My thoughts and prayers will be with you.  I will always remember his sense of humor and infectious smile. Rest in peace, Ken.
Ellen Sanford

Laura Marshall
   Posted Wed October 14, 2020
To Ken's family-
Ken worked with me at NOAA and was always a helpful and cheerful presence. I know he did a great job at his profession. Many people will miss him. Please take comfort in the happy memories of times you had together. God bless your family.

E.J. Van Den Ameele
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
My deepest condolences to you and your family. I worked on the same floor near Ken for several years and he always had a smile and was always up for a friendly chat. I traveled with Ken a couple of years ago to the annual Power Squadron conference and was amazed (but not really) at how much he meant to that community. I recently took over as chief of the Marine Chart Division and know how much he will be missed as a member of the MCD family, and will miss the opportunity to have worked with him again.

Kevin Jett
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
When I started working at NOAA many years ago, I walked in the building, and the first person I met and spoke to was Ken. Over the course of the next 25 years Ken and I would chat almost daily about golf, football, hockey, the Orioles, Frostburg State, our boys, our families, and life in general... he helped me navigate life on both a professional and personal level, and was always there to talk, and more importantly, to listen. He was my colleague, my team mate, my supervisor, but most importantly, he was my friend. I will miss my friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to Cheryl, and his entire family during this incredibly difficult time.

Galena Mishonova
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
My deepest condolences to Ken's family. I worked with Ken for several years and he was my immediate supervisor. He always was very friendly and helpful. We will be missing his smile and supportive attitude. Rest In Peace.

Galena Mishonova
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
My deepest condolences to Ken's family. I worked with Ken for several years and he was my immediate supervisor. He always was very friendly and helpful. We will be missing his smile and supportive attitude. Rest In Peace.

Thomas Mourtoupalas
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Ken was one of the first of many friendly faces I met upon my start as an intern at NOAA. He was a great supervisor and an all around great guy to work under. Years later, I am still with NOAA and owe Ken a great debt of gratitude for where I am in my career today. He will be dearly missed as an irreplaceable part of the NOAA family and I will forever associate my place at NOAA with his kindness, faith, and the opportunities he afforded me when I first walked in the door. My deepest condolences go out to his family. We will all miss you greatly Ken.
-Tom

Nathan Leveling
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Seven years ago I started as an intern with NOAA; Ken as my supervisor.
I got to know Ken throughout the years, and was able to see the love he had for his job, and his family.
I eventually became a full time employee at NOAA and was excited to learn that I would be back under Kens supervision.
Ken always treated me with the utmost respect, no matter if I was an intern or a colleague. He will be greatly missed.

Craig Winn
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Cheryl and family,

The back and forth that I had with Ken was something that I truly cherished. I will miss him. You always knew where you stood with Ken, and you knew how important his family was to him. He was a "workhorse" when it came to the job, but more importantly, he was a stalwart and loyal friend. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones.

Rest in peace Ken.

Chris Crognale
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Cheryl and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Ken was a good man, a good leader, and a real pleasure to know. He will be greatly missed by the NOAA community. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Pirrone Family
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
We are so sorry for your lost. Ken fought the battle for a long time. This is never easy and our hearts break for all of you. We have been out of town and I am so sorry we were not here to pay our respect. We are thinking of you all and sending lots of hugs and love.

Pirrone Family
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss49. Ken fought the battle for a long time. This is never easy and our hearts break for all of you. We have been out of town and I am so sorry we were not here to pay our respect. We are thinking of you all and sending lots of hugs and love.

Tanya Allison
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
What a smile! Such a family man! What a genuinely GOOD person. Beautiful memories are with you forever. Cheryl and family...wishing you strength and peace during this very difficult time.

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