WESLACO - Forrest Clair Zemlicka, 91, passed away at his home in Weslaco, Texas on January 21, 2024. Born on October 28, 1932, in South Dakota, he lived a life full of love and dedication to his family, community, and country.
Describing Forrest as a gentleman is an understatement. His kindness and compassion were unparalleled, making him an exceptional individual in the eyes of those who knew him best. He approached life with a warm heart and touched the lives of countless individuals through his selflessness.
Forrest worked as a truck driver. His unwavering work ethic and commitment to his profession earned him the respect and admiration of colleagues and friends. Known for his punctuality and reliability, Forrest was considered one of the best in the industry.
Beyond his successful career, Forrest's proudest accomplishments revolved around his loved ones. He cherished his children above all else and was a devoted family man. With unwavering love and support, he guided them throughout their lives and instilled within them values that will endure for generations to come.
Patriotism coursed through Forrest's veins. Having served three years in the United States Air Force and an additional 20 years in the Army National Guard, he displayed unwavering dedication to his country. Recognized for his bravery and commitment to duty, Forrest embodied the true essence of a soldier.
While fulfilling military responsibilities, Forrest also found time to give back to his community through extensive volunteer work. Whether helping those less fortunate or contributing to local initiatives close to his heart, he consistently displayed generosity and selflessness.
Strong in faith, Forrest was actively involved in his church community. Serving on the church council allowed him to contribute even further by shaping essential decisions for the congregation's growth and well-being.
Forrest is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Joseph and Helen Edith (Reimer) Zemlicka, and his son, Mike Zemlicka.
He is survived by his children Rose Sterling, Joyce Kujda (John), Theresa Pedersen (Doug), David Zemlicka, Lori Pollack (Joel), and Joe Zemlicka (Gina), 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on January 29, 2024, from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 914 W 3rd St. in Weslaco, Texas. His cremated remains will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at a later date.