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Monday, June 17, 2013

ADOLPH PETER FORSGREN child #5 - Leonidus Forsgren & Descendants

Leonidus and Bessie May Forsgren Descendants:  
     [This is very much a work in progress, so please check back often.  There are many descendants in Leo's line to account for!]
I am indebted to Clara May Forsgren Reeves who was able to provide so many of the documents and photos that are used in this collection.  She is a lovely person, and an avid Forsgren collector of information! It was only fitting that my visit with her should have taken place on the anniversary of her grandfather's death, 10 June 2013!

Leonidus Forsgren, was born 14 December 1884 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co.  On his birthday, 14 Dec. 1904, twenty years later, in Brigham City, he married #1) Bessie May Burden.  After Bessie's death  he married #2) Veda Colleen Nebeker (Gull) 24 Dec 1935 in the Logan LDS Temple (for time only).  Leo passed away on 10 June 1961 in Fontana, San Bernardino Co., California and was buried on the 15th in the Brigham City Cemetery.

     Leo's first wife: Bessie May Burden. Bessie was born 21 May 1884 in Salem, Kanosha, Wisconsin to John Talbet Burden and Sarah Ann Harvel.  Bessie died on 11 Jan 1935 in Corinne, Box Elder Co. and is buried in the Brigham City Cemetery.


DEATH:  Certif. of Death #8 (626)  Box Elder County, Malad Precint, Appledale (Corinne).  in poss. of Clyde Forsgren, Colorado.

OBITUARY:  Unnamed newspaper dated Jan. 11, 1935
   Corinne Woman expired today Jan. 11, 1935 after a two week illness.  Ends in death for Mrs. Leo Forsgren
    Bessie May Burden Forsgren died this morning at 3 a.m. at the age of 50 after a two week illness.  The body was taken to the Stohl Mortuary in Brigham City, Utah.  She was born May 21,1884 in Wisconsin, a daughter of John Talbet Burden and Sarah Ann Harvel Burden.  After her marriage to Mr. Forsgren Dec. 14, 1904 they made their home in Brigham City, Utah.  The later moved to Black Pine, Idaho and lived there for a time.  They then moved to Bothwell and lived there until 1926, moving to west Corinne where they lived at the time of her death.  She was a member of the LDS Church.
     Surviving are her husband and the following sons and daughters:  Leondius LeRoy, Willis, James Dean, Lester Harold, Leslie, Clyde C, Adolph Peter, Vilate & Grace, all of West Corinne; 6 Grandchildren, also 2 brothers George & Edward Burden of Brigham City.  Sisters Mrs. William Hartnell, Milwaukee, Oregon,Sarah Schnell of Colorado.
   Funeral services will be held Monday at one o'clock in the 3rd Ward Chapel where they formerly lived and burial will take place in the Brigham City Cemetery.

BURIAL:  Brigham City Cemetery C-11-14-6

Leo's 2nd wife, Veda Colleen Nebeker, was born 7 May 1892  to Ruben and Alice Lowe Nebeker in Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah.  She was married to Harry A. Gull in 1920.  Veda passed away August 30, 1966 and was buried in the Willard City Cemetery

Oops!  I mislabeled this photo.  This is Leonidus (Leo) and Veda - not Leo LeRoy

OBITUARY:  Salt Lake Tribune - Sept 1, 1966  p. B-11
     Willard, Box Elder County -  Mrs. Veda Colleen Nebeker Gull Forsgren, 74, Willard Box Elder County, died Aug. 30 in a Brigham City hospital after a long illness.  Born May 7, 1892, Willard, to Ruben and Alice Lowe Nebeker.  Married to Harry A. Gull 1920.  He died 1933.  Married to Leo Forsgren Dec 24, 1935.  He died June 10, 1961.   Member LDS Church.

     Survivors: sons, daughters,  Mrs. William L. (Mabel) Watkins, Indio, Calif., Mrs. Clair (Vyrna) Lange, Lester, both Fontana, Calif.;  Roy, Garland.  Box Elder County;  Leslie Glendale, Calif.  Mrs. Alfred (Violet) Whitaker, Roy:  Mrs. Darrell (Grace) Nelson, Perry, Box Elder County.  59 grandchildren;  15 great grand children.  brother, sister.  Kenneth Nebeker, Mrs. Fred (Melba) Wendel, both Willard, Box Elder County.   Funeral Friday 2 p.m.  Willard LDS Ward Chapel.  Friends call at home of Kenneth Nebeker, Willard, Thursday evening, Friday prior to service.  Burial Willard City Cemetery.

Leonidus known in life as Leo. Leonadus, Leonadius, Leon are all variant spellings showing up in other submitter's records. His death certificate shows Leonadus  (informant was wife Veda) but his obituary says Leonidus.  His father spelled it both ways in his personal record book

BIRTH: Adolph's personal record book in poss. of Adele Austin; Dec'd Members  File; Brigham City Cem Recs; 1988 IGI (which lists him as Leon);   Death Certif.
Brigham City 3rd Ward Recs at time of baptism list birth as 12/14 1882.

MARRIAGE:  To both wives: Box Elder Co. Marriage Licenses & Returns  Book 2 p.202 & Book 5 p. 601. (license has no number listed).  Dec'd Members file (GS 480,311 & 312) states Bessie  Burden died 11 Jan 1935.  Veda was the widow of Harry Alonzo Gull.  A FGS in my poss (info gathered from Leo by Alfreda) says Leo and Veda  married for time only in Logan temple. Veda died 30 Aug 1966.  Funeral  held in Willard, Utah. She is buried in Willard Cemetery.  Leo's marr. to Bessie was witnessed by his brother Oliver and Oliver's wife Kate.  Veda Colleen Nebeker is correct order of names (Funeral program in Adele's poss.) The following is from a history of Leo written by his granddaughter Patsy Leota Forsgren Stevens:
     ". . . He was married to my grandmother Bessie May Burden on the 14th of Dec. 1904 by Bishop Lorenzo Snow.  They were married in the 3rd ward in Brigham City, Utah.

DEATH: Death Certif. Calif State File # 61-060358 in Adele's poss. (Evid file #117).   Died at  home at 11:30 p.m. - Coronary artery occlusion;  Had lived in Fontana 12 years.
       Dec'd Members File 1942-1971 GS film 884,125;

OBITUARY:Obit from unnamed  newspaper dated 14 Jun 1961 in Adele's poss - evid file #115)  Funeral held in Perry Utah
OBITUARY:  Ogden Standard Examiner, Jun 12, 1961
  Perry - Leonidus (Leo) Forsgren, 76, Fontana, Calif., formerly of Perry, died Saturday at his home after a long illness.
   Mr. Forsgren was born Dec. 14, 1884, in Brigham City, a son of Peter A. and Gahardina Jensen Forsgren.  He married Bessie May Burden in 1907 in Brigham City.  She died in January 1935.
   He had lived in Black Pine, Idaho; Bothwell, Corinne and Brigham City and resided in Perry until 13 years ago when he moved to California.
   He married Veda Nebeker on Dec. 24, 1935 in the Logan Temple.
  Surviving are his widow of Fontana, eight sons and daughters, Leonidus LeRoy Forsgren, Garland;  James Dean Forsgren, Brigham City; Lester H. Forsgren, Fontana; Leslie Forsgren, LaCrescenta Calif.; Clyde C. Forsgren, Peter A. Forsgren, both of Grand Junction, Colo.; Mrs. Alfred (Violet) Whitaker, Ogden; Mrs. Darrel (Grace) Nelson, PErry; two stepdaughters, Mrs. William L. (Mabel) Watkins, Mrs. Claire (Verna) Lange, both of Fontana; 38 granchildren, several great-grandchildren, eight brothers and sisters, Oliver Forsgren, Mrs. Lester (Olivia) Anderson, boath of Brigham City; Mrs. Ray (Nora) Burham, Arimo, Idaho; Jack Forsgren, Howell; Mrs. Alfrieda Morgan, Boise; Rudger Forsgren, Glen Forsgren, both of Bothwell, Mrs. Chauncey (Edith) Hansen, Rigby, Idaho.
   Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Perry Ward chapel by Bishop Martella Nelson.  Friends may call at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Grace Nelson in Perry, Wednesday evening and Thursday prior to services.  Burial in Brigham City Cemetery, directed by Harold B. Felt Funeral Home.

BURIAL: Brigham City Cem: C-11-14-5;
BAPTISM: Adolph's Record Book confirmed 5 Jul 1894 by G.B. Reeder) ; also Brigham City 3rd Ward Recs (SL film #0025,675 p.221) lists baptized by A.P. Forsgren but confirmed 6 July 1894 by H.C. Reeder; 1988 IGI
BLESSING:Adolph's Record Book, blessed by Adolph Madson
SS:    FGS from Alfrieda given to Adele;  1992 Anc. File
SP:    Leo was BIC but a sealing to parents also performed in Provo Temple on 19 Mar 1980

Leo's Grand-daughter Patsy Leota Forsgren Stevens writes this of her grandfather:
    "The summer of 1961 we took Larry and Julie to California with us and my parents.  My grandpa Forsgren lived in Fontana Calif and we were going to go and stay a week with him.  My grandpa had had one leg off with diabetes and had a heart condition as well as asthma.  We didn't get to Fontana until late at night.  Grandpa was waiting and seemed to know that we were coming, although we had not told . . . How he knew I will never know.  I asked grandpa a little about his life.  Others had tried to learn something about it but he would not tell them anything.  He did tell me a little and I have it written down.  We had a lovely visit with grandp and step-grandmother. . . . The day we were to come home my grandpa said, "May God bless you."   I said, "May he bless you too, Grandpa."   Grandpa had said earlier that he wished he could die as he felt he had suffered enough for his mistakes.  That night Evan and I and our children stayed in Pintora with Evan's sister.  Mom and Dad were staying in Calif with Grandpa another week.   In the middle of the night I got up to go to the bathroom.  While I was in the bathroom I heard a noise, like a light switch being turned off and on.  When I came out no one was up and they were all asleep.  I went into the bedroom, closing the door behind me and got into bed.  No sooner had I got in bed than the door opened and I felt a presence in the room .  I could not see anyone, but a feeling of peace was very strong in the room.  I just knew my Grandpa Forsgen had died.  I did not say anything to anyone, but all the way home I felt that the phone would be ringing when we got home and that my Aunt Grace would tell me that Grandpa had died.   When we got home, the phone was ringing and it was Aunt Grace.  She said Grandpa had died the night of the day we had left California.  He had died in my father's arms with a heart attack.  I knew then that I had felt his presence the night before and that he was at peace.  I had to give my Aunt Grace information about grandpa to put in the paper as she did not have any.  I feel Grandpa was just waiting for me to come and get some of his life history as he would not give it to anyone else - and I don't know why."

Leo was a self-employed farmer.  No Social Security #

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:  Written by Patsy Leota Forsgren Stevens
    My grandfather Leonadius (Leo) Forsgren told me the following about his life.  He was born 14 Dec. 1884 in Brigham.  His father Adolph Peter Forsgren, his mother was Gehardena Jensen.  He was the 5th child in a family of 17 children.  His father was a millright at the woolen mills.  His grandfather was a carpenter.  His folks moved to Bothwell when he was  about fifteen years of age.  He farmed while he lived at Bothwell.  He lived at Bothwell until he was 20 years old.  He was married to my grandmother Bessie May Burden on the 14th of Dec. 1904 by Bishop Lorenzo Snow.  They were married in the 3rd Ward in Brigham City, Utah.
    Leo met Bessie through his uncle Pete Jensen who was dating her at the time.  She was the third girl Leo had dated.  Her father did not care for Leo and he did not want her to date Leo.  So they had to do their dating on the sly, or behind her parent's back.  They had to sneak out to go with each other.  When they decided they wanted to get married Bessie just wrote a note and left to it to her parents saying that she was going to marry Leo.  Bessie lived on the farm with Leo and his folks for six months before they were married.  Leo's father baptized Bessie a member of the LDS Church six months after they were married.
    Leo and Bessie lived in Brigham City for a year after their marriage.  Then they moved to Bothwell and lived there until 1914.  They went from Bothwell to Black Pine, Idaho.  They homesteaded there until 1918.  During the time they lived at Black Pine, Idaho, Leo was more active in the LDS Church than at any other time so he said.  Then they moved back to Bothwell and grandpa worked on the county roads in the winter and farmed in the summer.
    Leo had the privilege during his early married life of delivering two of his children into the world.  The two children he delivered were Leslie and Grace.  Both of them were born in Bothwell.  He also delivered one of Willis's children.
    At one time in 1931, Leo left his boots by a ditch bank and went to eat lunch.  When he came back and put on his boots there was a water snake in one of his boots.  He said he kicked the boot off so fasst and so high that it took a half hour for the boot to fall back to the ground.  He said after that whenever he saw a snake it made his blood run cold.   At another time he took his friend out to Stinkey Springs (west of Corrine).  His friend bet Grandpa that he could get undressed and into the pool before he could.  Well, his friend was soon undressed and jumped into the pool first, but he was back out real quick and chasing grandpa around and calling him names because the water was burning hot.  Grandpa was laughing when he told these two little stories about himself.
    Bessie died 11 Jan 1935 at Corrine, Utah.  She was buried in Brigham City Cemetery.  This was a great loss to him.  But he had children still at home to raise, so on the 24 Dec 1935 he married Veda Nebeker Gull in the Logan Temple for time.  The same day Veda stood in for Bessie and Grandpa was sealed to Bessie for time and all eternity in the Logan Temple.  Veda was already sealed to her first husband who was also dead.  She had two little girls to raise.  On the 10th of Mar 1936 Leo and Veda took the 3 children still living at home with them to the temple and had them sealed to Leo and Bessie.  The 3 were Violet, Pete, and Grace.  The other children were grown and living away from  home.
   Veda and Leo lived in Corrine where they raised turkeys and sold them to Sycamore's grocery store in Brigham City.  Later they moved to Perry, Utah, then in 1948 they moved to Fontana, California.  In 1957 Leo had his leg removed from the cause of diabetes and a sore on his foot that went into gangrene.  He had a heart attack and gall bladder attack then pneumonia all in the same year.  His favorite pastime was playing cards and his favorite game was pinochle.  He said he enjoyed playing cards very much and mom and dad played with him often.
    He told me that he loved my grandmother Bessie very, very much and that he had no greater love for anyone.  He told me these things while we were in Fontana visiting him.  This was June 4-7, 1961.  We left for home on Saturday June 10 1961.  My mother and Father had gone at the same time to visit Grandpa and they had a few more days vacation left so they were to stay another week with Grandpa.  Grandpa Leo Forsgren died that Saturday night in my Father's (James Dean Forsgren) arms.  He died of a heart attack.  His body was shipped to Brigham city and his funeral was held in Perry and then he was buried next to Grandma Bessie in the Brigham City Cemetery.
    Leo and Bessie had 9 children.  They are as follows:  Leondis Leroy, 10 July 1906, Willis 20 Apr 1908, James Dean 17 Nov 1910, Lester Harold 1 Mar 1913, Leslie 3 Aug 1916, Clyde "C" 14 Nov 1918, Violet 20 Jan.1922, Adolphus Peter 18 Apr. 1925 and Grace 30 Mar 192_.

LEO AND BESSIE HAD 9 CHILDREN.  Three are still living as of June 2013.

 From the family bible - in possession of  Clara Forsgren Reeves

Grace & Darell, Beth and Pete, Violet & Alfred
Clyde & Janet in front
The younger children of Leo and Bessie Forsgren with spouses


#1 Child of Leonidus and Bessie May Forsgren: 
Leonidas LeRoy Forsgren (known in life as "Roy"),  was born 14 Dec. 1884 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co.  Roy married Emma Eliza Horspool on 22 Aug 1931 in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah.  Roy died on 19 Dc. 1977 in Brigham City and was buried in the Brigham City Cemetery on 22 Dec. 1977.
     Emma Eliza Horspool was born on 30 August 1911 in Harper Ward, Box Elder Co.  She passed away on 7 Nov. 1997 in Ogden, Weber Co. and was buried Nov. 10 in the Brigham City Cemetery.

Emma Eliza Horspool - Ogden, UT, abt. age 17

From the Western States Marriage Index:
Details For Marriage ID#379519
Groom Last Name:FOSGREN
Groom First Name:Lonadus Leroy
Groom Residence:Corinne, Box Elder, Utah
Bride Last Name:HORSPOOL
Bride First Name:Emma
Bride Residence:Ogden, Weber, Utah
County of Record:Weber
[Life histories for both Roy and Emma will be inserted here as soon as I get them retyped or scanned]

Roy and Emma were the parents of 14 children, 10 of whom are still living as of June 2013.

Their #1 child - Leon Max Forsgen was born 7 June 1932 in Brigham City.  He died from injuries received in a car accident on 30 Dec. 1954 in Ogden and was buried in the Brigham City Cemetery.  He was unmarried at the time of his death.

BIRTH:  Ogden Standard Examiner, June 12, 1932
   "Mr. and Mrs. Roy Forsgren announce the arrival of a son, born Tuesday, June 7."

DEATH:   Died in Dee Memorial Hosptial of multiple skull fractures from a car accident .

Korean War, Single, age 23.

MILITARY:  Military Service Cards - Reel 06  (Ancestry.com_
Forsgren, Leo Max   Korean War Veteran
Box 204
Garland, Utah

OBITUARY:  Ogden Standard Examiner, Jan 2, 1955
Garland - Services for Leon Max Forsgren, who was killed Friday, will be conducted Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Garland First LDS Ward Chapel by Bishop Art Michaelis.  Friends may call tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rogers Mortuary in Tremonton and Tuesday from 10:30 until time of services at the family h ome in Garland.  Burial will be in the Brigham City cemetery.
BURIAL:  Brigham City Cem C-11-14-2

Roy and Emma's #4 child - Virgil Gene Forsgren, was born 5 Nov 1936 in Garland, Box Elder Co., Utah.  He married Evelyn Penman on 22 June 1959  in West Weber, Utah.  He died on 13 Sep 2004 in Logan, Cache Co and was taken to the Brigham City Cemetery for burial on 17 Sep 2004.

Evelyn, Virgil & Gene Forsgren at one of the Forsgren Reunions

Virgil and Evelyn have four children, all of whom are still living.

BIRTH:  Birth Registration from the department of commerce in which it states that this record is on file in the "Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics at Salt Lake City, Utah"
Baptism Certificate

MILITARY:  US Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958  (
Name: Virgil G Forsgren
Muster Date: Oct 1954
Rank: Private First Class
Station: Det "A" (Reinf) 1St Amph Recon Co Fmf Campen Calif

Name: Virgil G Forsgren
Muster Date: Jan 1955
Rank: Private First Class
Station: Casuals Casco Mb Ns Ti, San Francisco California
[These are samples.  Many entries on thru 1958]

OBITUARIES:  Ogden Standard-Examiner  17 Sept, 2004

BURIAL:    Taken from  Virgil Forsgren
Birth: Nov. 5, 1936 Garland, Box Elder County, Utah, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 2004 Logan, Cache County, Utah, USA

   BRIGHAM CITY Virgil Gene Forsgren, 67, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2004, at Logan Regional Hospital after a battle with cancer.
   Virgil was born on November 5, 1936, in Garland, UT, a son of Leondius and Emma Horspool Forsgren. He married Evelyn Penman on June 22, 1959, in Ogden, UT. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on June 11, 1964.
   Virgil served his country in the Marines for four years, where he received a Good Conduct Metal. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Virgil worked at Hill Field for 29 years, and then he worked for Radcam.
   He enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing, and he was well known for his service to other people.
   Surviving are his wife, Evelyn, Brigham City, UT; children: Joyce F. (Paul)
Robison, Salt Lake City, UT; DeAnn (Mark) Jensen, Wellsville, UT; Virgil Gene
Forsgren, Brigham City, UT; Gene E. LeRoy Forsgren, Brigham City, UT; five
grandchildren; ten brothers and sisters: Clara Mae (Boyd) Reeves, St. George,
UT; Josphine Vasquez, Garland, UT; Donald (Sandy) Forsgren, Roy, UT; Adele
(Robert) Sandman, Clinton, UT; Zorae Thorpe, Perry, UT; Caroline (Stephen)
Pope, CA; Velma Abbott Roy, UT; Morris (Della) Forsgren, Ogden, UT; Kenneth
(LeDean) Forsgren, Garland, UT; Sherry (Wynn) Zundel, Willard. He left behind
his two dogs, Snowball and White Fang.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Kevin, two brothers, Leon and David sister, Jennie Lee.
   Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Brigham City Twentieth Ward Chapel, 650 Anderson Drive, Brigham City, UT.
   Friends may call on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, UT, and on Friday from 9:30 to 10:10 a.m. at the church.
   Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery with Military Honors accorded.
   Family request any donations be made to any America First Credit Union in Virgil's name.
[Obituary published in the Ogden Standard-Examiner 17 Sep 2004]
Burial: Brigham City Cemetery,  Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah, USA
  Created by: Rhonda  #46869790;
Record added: Oct 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43022990

Roy and Emma's #5 child - Jennie Lee Forsgren, was born 29 Aug. 1938 in Garland, Box Elder Co., Utah.  She died less than a year later from scalding injuries from a tea kettle on 7 April 1939 in Tremonton, Box Elder Co.

Jennie is buried in the Brigham City Cemetery, plot C-11-14-1E  

Roy and Emma's #13 child - David Kim Forsgren (called Kim) was born 14 Nov. 1954 in Tremonton, Box Elder Co., Utah,   He was killed when he was hit by a car, just short of his fifth birthday on 30 Sept 1959 in Garland, Box Elder Co.  He was buried in the Brigham City Cemetery.

Ogden Standard Examiner, 1 Oct. 1959
     Garland - A 4-year-old boy was killed instantly yesterday afternoon when he dashed into the path of a car on a county road just north of here.  His father witnessed the accident.
     The victim was David K. Forsgren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Forsgren. . . .
Young Forsgren darted from behind a pickup truck into the path of a car diven by Suzanne Law, 16, Garland.  The child was thrown 103 feet and was decapitated.
     The boy had been riding in the pickup truck driven by his father, a meter reader for Garland.  The father had left eht truck moments before the accident.  Hightway Patrolman Ralph Kotter investigated.  There was no citation issued.

OBITUARY:   Ogden Standard Examiner, Oct. 1, 1959 (has a photo, but on-line copy not good)
    David Kim Forsgren.  GARLAND - David Kim Forsgren, 4 year old son of Roy and Emma Horspool Forsgren, of Garland, was killed yesterday when struck by a car.
    He was born Nov. 14, 1954, in Tremonton.
    Surviving are the parents, the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Josephine Vasquez, Virgil, Adele, Caroline, Zorae, Velma, Sherry, Morris and Kenneth Forsgren, all of Garland;  Miss Clara May Forsgren, serving an LDS mission in Rhode Island;  Donald Forsgren, with the Army at Ft. Sill, Okla; two grandfathers, Leo Forsgren, California, and John W. Horspool, Ogden.
    Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 12 noon in the Garlnad LDS First Ward Chapel by Bishop Earl Arnold.  There will be no viewing.  Friends may call at the Rogers Mortuary in Tremonton tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until services.  Burial in Brigham City Cemetery.

BURIAL:  Brigham City Cem.  C-11-14-1W

Roy and Emma's remaining children are:  Clara, Josephine, Donald, Adele, Caroline, Zorae, Velma, Sherry, Morris and Kenneth.

[come back for more.....]

#2 Child of Leonidus and Bessie May Forsgren: 
Willis Forsgren, born 30 April 1908 in Bothwell, Box Elder Co.

Willis, holding his younger sister, Grace.  His brother Lester is in front.  Photo taken abt. 1928

Willis married 1) Emily Carter on 5 April 1929 in Brigham City.  He filed for divorce in Oct, 1931. The action was finalized 15 Dec. 1931 with Emily receiving custody of their daughter, Della.
Willis married #2) Ila Marie Buckley  on 17 Nov 1931 in Elko, Elko Co., Nevada.  They were sealed on 14 July 1932 in the Logan Temple. Ila filed for divorce on 2 Sept 1938.  They were the parents of four children.
Willis married #3 Emma Leone Buckley.  [I do not have an exact date] Most family sources give 1940 as the date in Claremont, California.  In May of 1940 he is listed as brother-in-law, living in the household of Emma in Seal Beach, California.  Both are listed as divorced.  Two daughters were born to this marriage.

 [Note:  I have no photos of either Emily Carter or of Emma Leone Buckley]

Willis died 2 Feb 1950 at Los Angeles County Hospital, Claremont, as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He is buried in San Bernardino. [ A typescript copy of an article about the incident (from an unnamed newspaper) is in the Forsgren Family Assn. digital document files.  I have opted NOT to include it on this blog.  Close family members may contact me directly]

DEATH:  California Death Index, 1940-1997  (
Name: Willis Forsgren
Social Security #: 0
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 19 Apr 1908   Birthplace: Utah
Death Date: 2 Feb 1950   Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Burden
Father's Surname: Forsgren
Willis & Emily Carter: 
 MARR: Western States Historical Marriage Record Index: Box Elder Co., Utah Recs
Details For Marriage ID#222636
Groom Last Name: FORSGREN
Groom First Name: Willis
Groom Residence:
Bride Last Name: CARTER
Bride First Name: Emily
Bride Residence:
Place: Brigham City
Date: 05 Apr 1929
County of Record: Box Elder
State: Utah
Volume: 4
Page: 506

CENSUS:  1930 U.S. Census of Placer, Township 14, District 28, California.
Forsgren, Willis, head, age 21 (same ages at first marriage.  both born Utah) Father born Utah, mother born Nebraska.  He is a laborer at a fruit farm
Forsgren, Emily, wife, age 20(same age at first marriage), born Utah, father born Utah, mother born Kansas

DIVORCE:  Ogden Standard Examiner 16 Oct 1931.
     Willis Forsgren has filed an action in the district court on Oct. 15 for a divorce from Emily Carter Forsgren, claiming that the defendant deserted him about a year ago.  They were married in Brigham City in 1929, and have one child, a daughter, aged fourteen months. "

Ogden St. Examiner, Tuesday Evening, 15 Dec 1931
    "Emily Carter Forsgren was given a divorce from Willis Forsgren by Judge Harris on Monday.  Mrs. Forsgren was the defendant in the case, but was awarded the custody of their one child, $15 per month alimony and $50 attorney fees.  The couple were married on April 15, 1929.

Emily Carter was born 4 Feb 1909 in Provo, Utah Co., Utah.  She died 15 Aug 1981 in Cortez, Montezuma Co., Colorado and is buried there.  After she and Willis were divorced she married Frederic Warren Stuckman on 3 Dec. 1934, in Durango, Laplata Co., Colorado.  Together they had 6 children., two of whom are deceased:  Bobby Gene (31 Jan 1939-30 Dec. 2007, buried in Summerville Cem, Union Co. Oregon, [obituary on file]  and Edward Irista Stuckman (born 11 Oct 1944 - date & place of death unknown to me)
      Her parents are Almon Irista Carter & Ollie Ardella Bray - Information from  (FamilyTreeMaker Online)

CENSUS:  1940 Census of Ignacio, La Plata, Colorado  Sheet #14A
Stuckman, Fred, head, age 27, born Colorado, finished 6th grade, lived in Durango in 1935, farmhand
Stuckman, Emily, wife, age 31, born Utah, finished 8th grade, lived in Durango in 1935
Stuckman, Ruth E, dau, age 4, born Colorado
Stuckman, Frederick E, son, age 2, born Colorado
Stuckman, Bobby G., son, age 1, born Colorado
Della I Forsgreen, stepdaughter, age 9, born Utah

     Willis and Emily's only child, a daughter, Della Iona Forsgren, was born 19 Jun 1930 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co.  She married  John Manuel Medina on 2 Feb 1948 in Aztec, San Juan, New Mexico.  She had at least three children with him, Della, John & Virginia.  (John George Medina died 16 Sep 2002 in Larned, Pawnee Co. Kansas).  Della Iona also bore children by her stepfather, Frederic Warren Stuckman. It is not known if there was a marriage between them or not   Her daughter Eunice was adopted by Mr. Medina.  Eunice was born in 1947 and died 30 Mar 2009 & was cremated in Colorado. [Obituary on file].

OBITUARY:  Della I. Medina
     LARNED - Della Iona Medina, 76, died Oct. 10, 2006, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita.
      She was born June 19, 1930, in Brigham, Utah, the daughter of Willis and Emily Carter Forsgren. A resident of Larned since 1974, recently moving to Wichita, she was a retired Fuller Brush Co. employee.
      She belonged to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Altar Society, Larned.
      On Feb. 2, 1948, she married John Manuel Medina in Aztec, N.M. He died Jan. 29, 2000.
      Survivors include: three daughters, including, Della "Gina" Timmons, Great Bend; four half brothers; two half sisters; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
      Parish vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday [18 Oct] at Morell Funeral Home, Larned. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Larned, with Father Bernard Felix presiding. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Larned Cemetery.
     Memorials may be sent to Welcome Inn Seniors or St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, both in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 124, Larned, KS 67550-0124.

Willis and  2nd wife:  Ila Marie Buckley: 
 MARRIAGE: Western States Historical Marriage Record Index: Elko Co., Nevada
Details For Marriage ID#304547
Groom Last Name:FORSGREN
Groom First Name:Willis
Groom Residence:
Bride Last Name:BUCKLEY
Bride First Name:Ila
Bride Residence:
Date:17 Nov 1931
County of Record:Elko
A second entry gives the following information:
SEALING Marriage:   Western States Historical Marriage Record Index:: Cache Co., Utah Recs v.14 p.471.  This record lists her as Marie Ila.
Details For Marriage ID#183384
Groom Last Name: FORSGREN
Groom First Name: Willis
Groom Residence:
Bride Last Name: BUCKLEY
Bride First Name: Marie Ila
Bride Residence:
Place: Logan
Date: 14 Jul 1932
County of Record: Cache
State: Utah
Volume: 14
Page: 471

DIVORCE:  Ogden Standard Examiner, 3 Sept 1938
"Neglect Charged in Divorce Case
   Brigham City, Sept. 3 - Ila Marie Forsgren filed suit for divorce today in district court against Willis Forsgren on charges of failure to provide.  They were married in Elko, Nevada, Nov. 14, 1932, and have four children.
    Mrs. Forsgren asks the custody of the children and $40 a month alimony."

Ila Marie Buckley was born 9 Feb 1914 in Logan, Cache Co., Utah.  She died 10 Jun 1994 in Bountiful, Davis Co., Utah and was buried 13 Jun 1994 in Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.  After her divorce from Willis Forsgren she married Joshua Stewart.  They had one daughter.  He had also been previously married. Mr. Stewart died in 1980

Willis and Ila Marie had four children. When Ila remarried two of their four children (Leonard & Joyce) were adopted by a family who were unable to have children of their own (last name Severson).  Three of Ila & Willis' children are still living as of June 2013.  Their third child, Leo Sherman (or Sherman Leo, depending on which record you search) is deceased:
     Leo Sherman Forsgren, was born 22 Jan 1938 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co., Utah.  He has been married several times and has been divorced from all the wives I have records for:
     #1 Wanda Jean  [ surname withheld because she is still living] , married 1958.  At least one child, a son.
     #2  Betty Marie [living, surname withheld] married 1964 in Elko, Nevada.  They had at least one child together, Robert Gene Forsgren, born 7 Mar 1965 born Salt Lake City.  He died just two months later  on 16 May 1965 in Salt Lake City and was buried on 19 May in the Elysian Burial Gardens, Salt Lake.
     Obituaries:  Listed in Salt Lake Tribune, May 17, 1965 (Monday)
        Robert Gene Forsgren
        Robert Gene Forsgren, 2 month-old son of Sherman Leo and Betty Boyce Forsgren, 720 W. 1390 S.,    died of natural causes Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at his home.  Born March 7, 1965.   Survivors:  Parents; half brother, half sister, Gerald Louis Herzog, Diana Marie Herzog; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Tew, all Salt Lake City.  Graveside services Wednesday 11 a.m., Elysian Burial Gardens.  Friends call 36 E. 7th S, Tuesday 6-8 p.m., Wednesday prior to services.
     #3  Louise Ann Thompson, md 1970 in Las Vegas.  Divorced Feb 1971 in Los Angeles.  [Do not know if any children were born to this union]
     #4  Melody J Bushdiecker  married 1973 in Las Vegas. Divorced 29 Sep 1977 in Las Vegas. [Do not know if any children were born to this marriage]
     #5  Helen Marlene Lantz   married Oct. 1977 in Reno, Nevada;  Divorced 3 June 1998 in Washoe Co., Nevada  [Again, I have no information on children born to this marriage]
Sherman passed away 6 Sep 2011 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co. Tennessee and is buried there

This birth certificate provided by a grandson.  I include it to show that at least on THIS document he is listed as Leo Sherman, not Sherman Leo
This same grandson says that Sherman served in the military.

DEATH:  Leo Sherman Forsgren, 73, Clarksville, TN, died 09-06-2011.
Arrangements: Neal-Tarpley-Parchman (931) 645-6488.
Published in The Leaf Chronicle on September 9, 2011
[of Clarksville, Tennessee - Died at Gateway Medical Center]
No services are planned

US Obituary Collection on lists the death date of 6 Sep 2011 in Clarksville.

Social Security Death Index (
Leo S. Forsgren
Last Residence:  Clarksville, Montgomery, Tennessee
Born 22 Jan 1938;   Died 6 Sep 2011
SSN issued:  Utah

Sherman Forsgren close to the time of his death

Willis Forsgren& 2nd wife, Emma Leone Buckley: 
     Emma Leone Buckley is the older sister of Willis' 2nd wife, Ila Marie.  She was born a year earlier than Willis on 27 Feb 1907 in Franklin, Franklin Co., Idaho. Family records state that she was married to Willis in 1940 in Claremont, California.   If that year is correct they had not married yet as of  May 7, 1940 when the 1940 census was taken. (see below).  Emma had previously been married to Arthur Terifa Martin ( 24 Dec 1926 in Brigham City) and by 1940 was divorced from him.  Emma and Arthur had three children.  Their oldest, Arthur Terifa Martin, Jr. was born 3 Mar 1929 in Ogden.  He died on 17 Mar 1995, in Duarte, California.  Emma died 16 Oct 1947, Pomona, Los Angeles Co., California and is buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin Co., Idaho

CENSUS:  1940 U.S Census of Seal Beach, Orange Co., Calif.
Willis Forsgren is listed as Brother-in-law, age 31, divorced, born Corrine, Box Elder, Utah. a trucker of scrap iron.  Enumerated at 1510 Marine Blvd in the household of Emma L. Martin, divorced, age 33, born Idaho  [Emma is his second wife's older sister]  Willis was living in Corinne, Utah in 1935.
Her children, also listed in the household, are Zina E, age 12, Arthur T., Jr. age 11 and Norman J, age 5  (all three children were born in Utah) In 1935 she was living in Ogden.  Emma and Willis had two daughters .  At the time of their mother's death the oldest would have been no more than 6 or 7 yrs. old.  I do not know who raised the girls after Willis died three years later.   I was told by Clara Forsgren Reeves that they attended the funeral of Virgil Forsgren in 2004, so if they or any of their descendants can contact me that would be super!!]

DEATH:  California Death Index, 1940-1997 (
Name: Emma Leone Forsgren
[Emma Leone Buckley]
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 27 Feb 1907
Birth Place: Idaho
Death Date: 16 Oct 1947
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Clemons
Father's Surname: Buckley

OBITUARY:  Ogden Standard Examiner, 20 Oct 1947 p. 14
     Mrs. Emma Leone Buckley Martin Forsgren, 39, wife of Willis Forsgren, Claremont, Calif., former Ogden resident, died in a Pomona hospital Thursday, following a long illness.
     Mrs. Forsgren was born in Franklin, Ida., Feb 27, 1908, a daughter of John and Ada Clements Buckley.  When a small girl the family moved to Logan.  In 1926 she was married in Brigham City to Arthur Martin, from whom she was later separated.  They resided for a time there and later moved to Ogden, where she resided until 1939 when she moved to Claremont.
     She was a member of the LDS church.
     In 1940 she was married to Mr. Forsgren in Claremont.
     Surviving are her husband, two sons, Arthur Martin, U.S. Navy overseas, Norman Martin, Pomona Calif., and  three daughter, Mrs. Elaine D. Agostino, Jeannette and May Forsgren, Claremont, her mother, Mrs. Ada Borry, Logan; and the following brothers and sisters: J. Fred Buckley, Layton; L.C. Buckley and Mrs. James Davies, Washington Terrace, Edwin N. Buckley, Oxnard, Calif; George E. Buckley, Brigham City;  Thomas C. Buckley, Wichita, Kan; Mrs. Oscar Rice, Ogden and Mrs. Josh Stewar, Willard, Box Elder county.
     Services will be conducted Tuesday at one p.m. at the mortuary, 3408 Washington. Ogden, by Bishop Fred Corbridge of LDS Franklin, Ida. ward.  Burial will be in Franklin cemetery.

BURIAL: Memorial # 32840391  (has a photo of her headstone); also on
E Leone Martin Forsgreen
Birth: 1907
Death: 1947  Burial: Franklin Cemetery , Franklin, Franklin County, Idaho, USA
Plot: Block 48 Lot 10
 Created by: Ryan Durrant
Record added: Jan 11, 2009
 Franklin Cemetery


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