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Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines, Iowa


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Dennis Forbush

Dennis Edward Forbush was born August 11, 1953 to Phraitho (Buddy) and Dorothy Forbush. Dennis was educated in the Des Moines Public Schools. He graduated from Tech High School, where he was on the high school wrestling team. Dennis grew up in the Chesterfield neighborhood and was proud of it.

After graduation Dennis moved to, Los Angeles, CA, in the Baldwin Hills area to be with his sister, Charlene, before returning back to Des Moines. In 1985, Dennis stopped to help someone whose car was broken down on the side of the road. It was Lana, and from there it was history. They had their son Taurean in 1990 and were married on June 19, 2015.

Dennis was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, Beckley Imports, Tom Daniel’s Auto Mechanics and John Deere and Company before his love for driving took over. Dennis was an owner/operator and over-the-road truck driver for over 30 years, first for Crawford Trucking, then he drove for C.H. Robinson before his retirement in February 2015.

Dennis had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed buying lottery tickets, going fishing, sail boating, cars and trucks of all kinds, and riding his motorcycle. He most recently had four motorcycles and bought his oldest grandson TJ his first dirt bike last summer. Dennis felt the oldest grandkids had to have bicycles at Grandma’s and Papa’s house. Papa, as affectionately known by his grandkids, loved to work around the house doing yard work and swimming pool maintenance. He was talented when it came to car maintenance, and he could repair or fix anything electrical or plumbing. He was a good cook and known for his special meatloaf and chili recipes. And oh, could he bake! He made the best homemade apple pie. Most of all, Dennis enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great uncle, nephew, and best friend.

Those who knew and loved him will dearly miss his great sense of humor and his spirit will live in our hearts forever.

Dennis began his journey home on April 11, 2017, at home surrounding his loving family, at the age of sixty-three.

Preceding him in death in death were his loving parents; his four brothers, Gerald Lee, Raymond Otis, William Earl, and Cleve Arnold Forbush; and his sister, Charlene Forbush

Dennis’s loss is mourned by his wife, Lana; sons, Taurean and Marlon; daughter, Adrienne; uncle, Edward Daniels, Sr.; father-in-law, Jim Martin; three grandsons: Taurean Jr., Julian, and Kingston; granddaughter, Rayonnia; countless relatives, and many wonderful friends.

Per his wishes, Dennis will be cremated. His ashes will be scattered at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family in his honor for such expenses.

Acknowledgement: During this very difficult time, our hearts have been comforted by the many expressions of sympathy and love shown by all whose lives were touched by Dennis. God bless each of you for your kindness.

A special thanks to Dr. Dallas Sanders who was not only his physician but a dear friend.

Please continue to pray for us all.

The Family of Dennis Edward Forbush

Condolences may be expressed at: www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com