Raymond L. Forsee

COLUMBIA — A pioneer crop and livestock farmer for more than 70 years in Boone County, Raymond L. Forsee liked barns painted red, white fences, black cows and white hogs.

Mr. Forsee of Ashland died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 93.

He was born in Boone County on Feb. 13, 1918, to Walter Tuttle and Sarah Lelia (Clark) Forsee.

Mr. Forsee and his wife of 65 years, Susie Peak, had an eclectic farm that included cows, hogs, chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits and sheep.

“We had everything except elephants on the farm,” said his son, John Forsee, who has been by his father’s side in the field since he could walk. They shared their love of coon hunting, took pride in the dogs Mr. Forsee showed and sold, and enjoyed working with their hands.

“We would plant together, and he would always joke, saying he didn’t know where the field began and where it ended,” John Forsee said.

Mr. Forsee farmed corn, wheat and hay, and he was relieved when he bought his first tractor in 1951.

“We had a horse-drawn team, and then one day I woke up and the horses were gone,” John Forsee said, laughing. “I still don’t know where they all went.”

Even though Mr. Forsee's first love was the farm, he worked at the Missouri Department of Transportation and built houses in Ashland. He was an honorary member of the Ashland FFA chapter and a deacon of the Liberty Primitive Baptist Church.

Mr. Forsee is survived by three children, John Forsee, Janet Glascock and Rosemary Wyatt, all of Ashland; three sisters, Helen Hudson of Texas, Ruth Elkin of Columbia and Norma Loyd of Ashland; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

His wife, Susie, and infant daughter, Betty L. Forsee, died earlier.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd. in Ashland. Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the same location.

Tributes can be made to the MU Department of Child Heath, Raymond Forsee Memorial, 1 Hospital Drive, DCO58.00, Columbia, MO 65212.