November 25, 2014


Forrest A. Fitzwater

Forrest A. Fitzwater, 94, of Grafton, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013, at the Elyria Wesleyan Village, following a brief illness. He was born December 12, 1918, in Belington, West Virginia, and was a Grafton resident since 1953.

Forrest worked at the Ford Motor Co. in Brookpark for 25 years, retiring as a foreman in 1975. He was a member of the VFW Hinkson-Hysell Post 3341, an avid outdoorsman, and as a young man, served with the Conservation Corps at Camp Copperhead, West Virginia.

Survivors include his daughter, Loverenne (Romey) Hardway of Elyria; sons, Edward (Gayle) Fitzwater of Avon Lake and Noble (Kathy) Fitzwater of Belington, West Virginia; grandchildren, Jim, Mike and Brian Fitzwater, Richard Hardway and Laura Fry; and many great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Neva in 1998; and three sisters.

All Services will be private.

Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Elyria. Online condolences may be expressed at


    I will carry your Love for the rest of my life in my heart and soul. Thank you for treating me like a king and for always being their for me… Thank you for teaching me so much about so many things. Thank you for all the time you gave me… Love your Grandson