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Rev. William deForest

Rev. William H. "Will" deForest

Wednesday, May 5th, 1937 - Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
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Obituary

Rev. William deForest,82, passed away on Wednesday, August 14 after a long illness and a brief hospital stay.

Born in Albany, New York, on May 5, 1937, he was the fourth son of Mulford and Grace (Rohrer) deForest.

He was a graduate of Duanesburg Central High School, Central University of Iowa and Western Theological Seminary in Holland Michigan. He served for seven years as pastor of the Pultneyville Reformed Church in western New York, and then for 31 years at the Lynnwood Reformed Church in Guilderland, until the year, 2000, retiring then, to his home in the hills of Duanesburg where his heart was at peace.

Loving the natural world, he was hunter, fisherman, gardener, camper, and hiker. Loving his family, he was a collector of historic facts, stories and heirlooms. Loving the church, he found his years of ministry to be deeply satisfying.

He was pre-deceased by his parents and a brother, David. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Carole (Sutton); his three children; David, (Chie) of Tinton Falls, New Jersey; Wendy, (Tom Butler) of Huntington, Vermont; and Jonathan, (Lynn) of Duanesburg; two grandchildren; Grace and Larson Butler; two brothers, Carroll, (Betty) of Gray Hawk, Kentucky, and Robert, (Mary), of Holland, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Rev. deForest will be held on Monday August 19th at 10 am at Lynnwood Reformed Church, 3714 Carman Road, Schenectady, NY 12303. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday evening August 18th from 6 to 8 pm at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady, NY

Interment in Schenectady Memorial Park will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Will’s memory to the Lynnwood Reformed Church, 3714 Carman Road, Schenectady, NY 12303.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 18th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Sunday, August 18th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Bond Funeral Home
    Address
    1614 Guilderland Avenue
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12306
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  • Service

    Monday, August 19th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, August 19th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Lynnwood Reformed Church
    Address
    3714 Carman Road
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12303
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Garret Szantner
    Co-Celebrant
    Rev. Matthew van Maastricht
  • Interment

    Location
    Schenectady Memorial Park
    Address
    Giffords Church Road
    Rotterdam , NY
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    Interment will be private

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Carolyn Statler

Posted at 02:30pm
Carole, I am so sorry to hear of Will's death. Jean Hayes sent me a copy of his obituary. I will keep you in my prayers.
Love and sympathy, Carolyn
JW

June Burtt Van Wie

Posted at 10:32pm
Sorry to hear of Will's passing, but I know he is at peace with his LORD. Praying for the whole family at this time.
MR

Miranda Rand

Posted at 10:44am
I worked with Will supervising the Buskirk Reformed Church on behalf of Schenectady Classis and have fond memories of the hour-long (each way) travel to monthly meetings during which we shared stories of family and ministry. When he retired from Lynwood Reformed he offered me first pick from the books his library -- I hauled away a sack-full of commentaries and spiritual writings. I still have some of them today!
LE

Laurie Egnell

Posted at 12:22pm
Rev. deForest married me in 1970, baptized my daughter and buried my mother-in-law, Lovie. Have wonderful memories of him & Carole. I am saddened but know he is at peace with the Lord. Laurie Egnell
NM

Nancy Mohr

Posted at 10:55am
Rev. Will was a fantastic minister & a good family friend to all us Mohr's. He christened my daughter Jamie, performed the wedding ceremony of my sister-in-law Sharon, he & Carol went all the way to Salamanca to help my mother-in-law move household goods when her mom died. He spoke at my father-in-law's service at Lynnwood, & christened my niece Emily & nephew Sam at Lynnwood.
He was the best, & will be sorely missed here. I know he is up there smiling with the Lord now.
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