Timothy 'Tim' Forbis

Jul 9, 2013 Staff

Timothy "Tim" Forbis, of Riverton, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at his home. He was 63 years old.

Per his request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. Inurnment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Pastor Echo Klaproth will officiate.

Timothy Patrick Forbis was born May 23, 1950, in Lander, the son of Robert David and Celestial Mae (O'Hara) Forbis. A lifelong resident of Riverton, he graduated from Riverton High School with the class of 1969 and then attended Central Wyoming College.

He married Peggy Hackleman on Dec. 21, 1971, in Riverton.

He worked for Gilpatrick Construction as a diesel mechanic/safety manager for 10 years and then for Well Tech for 10 years. Always willing to try something new, Mr. Forbis tackled farming for a time with Hackleman farms, and then in 1992, he became the owner of Saw Mill Lodge on Union Pass near Dubois until 1995 when the family returned to Riverton. He later was injured in a construction accident and became disabled.

His family said he was a proud man who could build anything, fix anything and figure out just about anything. He built nearly all of the family's homes, including an innovative straw bale house. He was a computer geek before it was trendy, a landscaper before home improvement TV, and a do-it-yourselfer before big-box stores. He liked being outside, and his family noted that, simply put, he enjoyed woodworking, camping, anything mechanical and computers. Above all, he loved his family and his grandchildren. He was the consummate family man who was always willing to lend them a helping hand.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy, of Riverton; sons Christopher Forbis and his wife Tiffany of Riverton, Michael Forbis and his wife Tammy of Riverton, and Jeremy Forbis and his wife Shalini of Dayton, Ohio; daughter Michelle Decker and her husband Scott Johnson of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren Ethan Forbis, Ellanie Forbis, Dillon Forbis and Zack Forbis, all of Riverton, Savita Forbis and Divya Forbis of Dayton, Ohio, and Joshua Decker of Boise, Idaho; and mother-in-law Janet Hackleman of Riverton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Celestial Forbis, and his father-in-law, J. D. Hackleman.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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