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SEAN DANIEL FORREST, 46, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 30th in Oklahoma City where he was part of the Boeing AOG (aircraft on the ground) team repairing a naval plane at the Tinker Air Force Base. Sean was born to Dan and Cheryl Forrest Dec. 2nd, 1973, in St. Louis Park. He grew up in Burnsville and attended Lakeville Schools graduating in 1992. He attended North Dakota State and then moved to Arizona for a couple of years where he was active with the local fire department. Sean next located in Wichita, KS where he was employed by Boeing Airlines. He began taking classes through Boeing on all aspects of planes. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Sean endured a year lay-off by working four part time jobs. When he was called back, he excelled at his job and was recruited by Boeing in Seattle, WA. There he was soon asked in 2011 to join the AOG team which travels the world repairing Boeing planes. He loved his job, loved his workmates, and loved traveling, seeing many places including Africa, Western Europe, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, Japan and many Asian countries, as well as several states in the US.
Sean had many interests including raising chickens, honeybees, gardening, grilling and smoking meats, and crafting beer. Recently, he began restoring old tractors; he had completed four tractors including a John Deere which he just finished this spring and was planning to deliver to his parents’ farm this summer because as Sean told us, “Every Midwest farm needs a John Deere”. He also enjoyed taking his Harley Motorcycle in his “toy hauler” camper into the mountains to go riding with friends. In the winter, he would ride his snowmobile, again enjoying the mountains with friends. Sean was a sincere and trusted friend, easy to talk to, friendly and always very willing to help on projects; his mechanical skills were appreciated. His infectious smile and sparkling eyes caught everyone’s attention when he entered the room.
Sean is survived by one daughter, Nichole Lynn Forrest, of Valley Center, KS, Nichole’s half sister, Olivia, his parents, his sister, Meghan, her husband, Yuuki, and their two children, Izumi and Tatsuho. He is also survived by his Uncle John and Aunt Joanne Franke Forrest of Brainerd as well as their children, Sarah with her husband Nate and their expected child from Ogden, UT, and Joel with his wife Claire and their newborn son, Charles, from Mazama, WA. Sean’s Uncle, Joe McBrien, lives in New York City as well as his daughter, Jenny, her husband, Steve Dunn, and their children, Jack, Declan and Michael. Also cousins Tim McBrien from CT, James McBrien from CT and Molly with her husband, Nick Pizzola, and their two children, Paloma and Nico, from Dallas, TX, as well as his maternal grand mother, Dorathea Sutter, formerly of Waseca, also survive. Many of the extended Scott family also survive Sean.
Sean was preceded in death by his paternal grand parents, Fred and Helen (”Sally”) Forrest, maternal grandfather, Ray (“Bapa") Sutter, all of Waseca, his Aunt, Katie Forrest McBrien, from New York City, as well as his beloved dog, Kira, of 18 years who passed away late December, 2019.
Thanks to all of his Boeing “family” on the AOG team for their love and friendship, and for being his “second” family.
Private graveside services are being held at North Waseca Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are being made by Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the North Waseca Lutheran Church Discretionary Fund for Covid-19 relief, or the donor’s favorite charity.
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