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Forrest L. Lucas Jr., 79, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at home January 23, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Altoona on September 5, 1944. Preceded in death by parents, Forrest L. Lucas, Sr. and Phyllis A. Lucas and brother Donald Lucas.
Survived by loving wife Yvonne of 56 1/2 years, children, Victoria, husband Dr. Jeffrey Orledge of Madison, MS; Andrew, wife Amy Lucas of Canton, GA; granddaughter Emma, husband Stephen Oltjenbruns, Talking Rock, GA; Sister JB Holland of Hollidaysburg; niece Jessica Cronmiller; great niece Cassie Cronmiller, of Raleigh, NC; Nephew Michael Holland wife Sarah; great nieces, Aubrie, Alaina, Ava, of Altoona, PA.
Forrest was a Graduate of Altoona High School Class of 1962 and Penn State University where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was employed at HRB Singer Company in State College and retired from Penelec/First Energy, Johnstown with 33 years of service working in supervisory positions.
After retirement, Forrest worked for Mountain Top Technologies, Westsylvania Heritage Group, and drove limo for Dream Limousine.
Forrest founded Legacy Corner Photography in 2002. He won many awards for his historical photos, special events, and family photos. He was a member of the National Model Railroad Association which includes the Mid-Eastern Region and Mid-Central Region, a member of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society and enjoyed being with the members of the model railroaders’ gatherings and attended many conventions.
Forrest enjoyed family trips to Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster and trips to Gettysburg.
He loved driving his Corvettes and enjoyed going with his family to the Car Shows at Carlisle. He was very active in the Westmont High School band and football boosters while his children were in school. He served on the advisory board of the Johnstown YWCA and was a former member of Westmont United Methodist Church serving on many boards and teaching Sunday School.
In his younger days, he was a member of the Foot-of-Ten Bible Church in Duncansville, PA.
He enjoyed breakfast with his friends at Westmont McDonald's and enjoyed the Penelec/First Energy retirees' luncheons.
He was a Penn State Master Gardener. He was very knowledgeable in all aspects of gardening, flowers, and lawn care. His garden always flourished with vegetables he shared with the neighbors. He enjoyed the summer Wright Family Reunions. He was a gentle kind man and a very positive person. He was happy to give advice and share his knowledge of cars, house projects, and whatever the conversation happened to be. He was so blessed to have wonderful neighbors, friends, and supportive families.
Contributions can be made to Johnstown Walk of Hope/1889 Foundation, 4 Valley Pike, Johnstown PA 15905, YWCA, 526 Somerset Street, Johnstown, PA 15901, or to the Food Pantry at Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 510 Locust Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
The family would like to thank his doctors, the late Dr. Samuel Massoud, Dr. Emily Satkovich and staff, and Dr. Ibrahim H. Sbeitan and staff at the Conemaugh Cancer Center for his care.
Friends will be received at the Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown, PA 15905 on Monday, January 29, 2024 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM with service at 6 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Noon on Tuesday at the Presbyterian Cemetery Condron Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.
Johnstown Walk of Hope/1889 Foundation
4 Valley Pike, Johnstown PA 15905
Food Pantry - Franklin Street United Methodist Church
510 Locust Street, Johnstown PA 15901
526 Somerset Street, Johnstown PA 15901