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Forrest Collins

Obituary for Forrest Collins

February 19, 1945 - March 1, 2021
Brecksville, Ohio | Age 76

Loving Father and Grandfather


Forrest Lynn Collins passed away on March 1, 2021, at UH Parma Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, after being admitted for congestive heart failure and renal failure.

Born February 19, 1945, to Marion Sorensen and Benjamin Collins, Forrest spent his early years living in Racine, Wisconsin.
Forrest was the perfect example that hard work, determination, and a fearless attitude were all that was needed to achieve the American dream. After the death of his father in 1956, Forrest and his mother endured near-poverty conditions, but those challenges did not stop him from pursuing his ambitions.

In the 1960s, Forrest organized a movement to save the Highway 38 quarry for public use. Today, Quarry Park is one of Racine's popular attractions. Forrest worked his way through college, graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Racine with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He also attended Texas Southern University under a Carnegie Fellowship. After graduating college, Forrest attended Marquette University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor. Forrest returned to college in the 1990s, earning his MBA.

Among his many proud accomplishments was a case he tried that went to the Minnesota Supreme Court. In the late 1970s, Minnesota offered reciprocity to attorneys who were licensed to practice in certain states, making it unnecessary for them to sit for the bar exam after relocating to Minnesota. When Forrest moved to Minnesota, he was told that because he was a patent lawyer, reciprocity did not extend to him and he would have to take the bar exam. Forrest fought the state bar association, taking the case to Minnesota's supreme court. In 1980, the state supreme court ruled in favor of Forrest, extending reciprocity to patent lawyers.

In 1969, Forrest married Gail Loewecke and later had two children, Heather and Allison. Together, Forrest and Gail shared a common goal: to give their children the world. By their 20th birthdays, both girls had traveled to all 50 states and multiple countries including the U.K., Spain, and Finland.

Forrest will always be remembered for his love of golf, passion for travel, and his sassy sense of humor. He is preceded in death by his mother (Marion), Father (Benjamin), three siblings (Keith, Elwin, and Alayne), and his long-time companion, Maria.

Forrest is survived by his daughters, Heather (Ryan) and Allison (Chris); five grandchildren - Riley, Logan, Benjamin, Charlotte, and Rayanne; and his ex-wife Gail, who has many loving memories of watching him play with their daughters when they were small.

Due to COVID-19, a private service was held for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Stay-A-While Cat Shelter,, – an organization that was instrumental in helping Forrest re-home his cats when he first fell ill in December.

All services are private.

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