FORREST RAHE WAGGONER
Forrest Rahe Waggoner was born to Henry Franklin and Ivah Maude (Armstrong) Waggoner on June 20, 1926 in Farmington, N.M. He spent his early years working on the family farm and attending local schools. He was a member of the track team at Farmington High School. He was anxious to join the Navy during WWII. He served on board the USS Burleson in the Pacific. Forrest married Katie Mae Dornik in 1948 at Claypool, Ariz. The newlyweds enjoyed their honeymoon at the Grand Canyon on the way to their 200-acre ranch south of Mancos, Colo. where they spent the next several years and started their family. The 1950s found Forrest and Katie settled in Arizona where Forrest worked at Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company. He was active in Trinity Baptist Church, in Globe, Ariz. serving as a Deacon and a member of Committees. Forrest and Katie returned to Mancos, Colo. in 1979 where they enjoyed an active retirement making trips to Alaska and many of the lower 48 states. Forrest worked at Western Excelsior, Mancos schools, served on the Mancos Town Board, was a member of the Masonic Lodge, was overseer for Cedar Grove Cemetery and helped operate Jersey Jim Lookout Tower. In 2006 health concerns took them back to Arizona to be near their children. Forrest became a resident of the Valley Inn in Mancos during December 2017. Forrest passed away on September 14, 2022. He was 96 years old. Forrest is survived by his children, Forrest (Wende) Waggoner of Payson, Ariz., Jerald (Bobbie) Waggoner of Montrose, Colo., Debra (Dave) Loder of Wickenburg, Ariz., James (Roberta) Waggoner of New Mexico, Charlotte (Bob) Quercia of Prescott, Ariz.; as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Mancos, Colo. Memorial contributions may be made in Forrest’s name to the Mancos Masonic Lodge or to the Mancos VFW.