Zeno Forbes

February 23, 1942 ~ September 17, 2022

         Orin "Zeno" Forbes, age 80, of Desloge, MO passed away Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Presbyterian Manor in Farmington, MO. He was born on Monday, February 23, 1942, in Frankclay, MO to Orin Frank and Beulah Olive (Boyer) Forbes. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Bonne Terre where he served as Deacon and taught Sunday school. Zeno received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Southeast Missouri State University and his Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla). He taught mathematics at Lesterville High School, Desloge High School, and Potosi High School and Middle School where he retired after 35 years in education. Zeno enjoyed hunting, gardening, fishing the Jack’s Fork River in Eminence, Mo, and going to all the many grandkids’ sporting events.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Frank Boyer Forbes.

          Zeno is survived by his wife, Judy (Sutton) Forbes; children, Jeffrey Allen Forbes and wife Sabrina, Karen Elizabeth Gallaher and husband Randall, Thomas Edward Forbes and wife Beth, and Julie Ann Wilson and husband Jesse; twelve grandchildren, Amanda Sullivan and husband James, Katie Forbes, Matt Forbes and wife Kylie, Ethan Gallaher and wife Cheyanne, Ben Gallaher and wife MacKenzie, Annie Gallaher, Drew Forbes and wife Emily, Holly Forbes, Brett Forbes, Eli Wilson, Adam Wilson, and Lydia Wilson; two great-grandchildren, Amelia Forbes and Alec Forbes; siblings, John Forbes and wife Nancy, Lucy Purdy and husband Kevin, and many other family and friends.

          Visitation will be held at C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Desloge on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Visitation will resume on Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 9:00 AM until service time of 11:00 AM. with Rev. Nancye Dunlap officiating. Interment will follow at Germania Cemetery in Bonne Terre. Memorials if desired, may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital.  Arrangements are under the direction of C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Desloge.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to you Judy and all of yours & Zeno’s friends & family! Was so very sorry to see this.  We go way back to the 1960’s at the 1st Baptist Church of Desloge with Rev. Donald C. Stanley.  Danny Black was my husband.  He passed in 2004.

  2. Prayers for the family. He not only was a great teacher, but made learning Algebra fun. I'll never forget his nickname for the Associative Theory, the Whop 'em Theory. When someone forgot to do an action to both sides, he'd say you forgot the Whop 'em Theory, use his yard stick, Whop them lightly on one leg & say, "What you do to one side, you gotta do to the other side", as he whopped the other leg. Great, fun teacher!

  3. He was a wonderful teacher. Always had time for all his students, I learned so much from him .Seen him at many sporting events that my kids were in . He will be missed by many .

  4. So very sorry to hear of zeros passing didn't know him but seen & wanted to express my condonalaces to the family.of Beth Forbes & family. Keeping the family in my thoughts & prayers. RIP mr.forbes

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