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Dwain Dallas Forby

February 20, 1960 — June 13, 2024

MAKANDA- Dwain Dallas Forby, 64, peacefully entered eternal rest on June 13th, 2024, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, with his children by his side, following a difficult battle with cancer. He spent his final days surrounded in love by his children, siblings, and many dear family members and friends.

Dwain was born on February 20, 1960, to Gerald D. Forby and Peggy Lou (McGee) in Carbondale, Illinois.

Survivors include Dwain’s son, Eric Forby (Bonnie); daughter Angela Knaub (Markus); daughter Katie Milton (Brad); grandsons, Jacob and Sam Forby, and Niko and Kayson Knaub; mother, Peggy; sister, Karen Brown (Mike); brothers, Russell, Neal, and Lyndon (Karri); and several beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Dwain is also survived by Michele Forby, his former wife and the mother of his children, and Michele’s brother, Wally Hagler.

Dwain was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Marci Kristine; his father, Gerald; an infant brother, Michael; and sisters-in-law and dear friends, Linda Hagler and Brenda Hagler.

Dwain was a 1978 graduate of Carbondale Community High School and completed an associate degree at John A. Logan College. He was a member of the trucking community for over forty-five years and was the proud owner of Dwain Forby Trucking. Dwain loved nothing more than working on his trucks and traveling the wide open road. He was a member of Union Hill Christian Church. He enjoyed bowling and had a great love for the outdoors, particularly golfing and fishing. While he was happiest fishing with his family, he had many of his own favorite fishing holes. Dwain also had a great appreciation for music and was known for sharing his favorites with family and friends. Dwain will be remembered as a free spirit with a kind and gentle heart. Godspeed, “Cannonball!”

Visitation will take place on Friday, June 21, 2024, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale. A memorial service for Dwain will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Union Hill Christian Church in Carbondale with Rev. Gerald Holmes officiating. A private burial will take place at Mount Pleasant Jerusalem Cemetery in Pomona at a later date. 

For those who could not attend the service a recording of it may be found here:

Memorials may be made to the Bald Knob Cross, Union Hill Christian Church, or Shriners Hospitals for Children and will be accepted at the funeral home or church. 

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