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David Lee "Moosie" Forslund


September 11, 2018

IRONWOOD, Mich. - David Lee "Moosie" Forslund, 64, passed away Sept. 5, 2018, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital after a courageous struggle.

Moosie, as he was known by his family and friends, was born in Wakefield, at Divine Infant Hospital on July 9, 1954, the youngest son of James and Alvina (Backman) Forslund. He was baptized and confirmed at Sharon Lutheran Church in Bessemer.

He graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer with the class of 1972, where he starred in track and field. He set team records in both individual and team events which stood for many years. Most notably he ran the anchor leg of the mile relay in the 1972 U.P. Class C Championship.

David enlisted in the Army and proudly served as an (Sp4) marksman on the rifle team, competing in many matches in Germany. He was awarded the National Defense Medal during this time. He was a member of the American Legion Post 27 in Bessemer for some time, attesting to his love of country.

An avid sportsman, he was known for his uncanny skills as a steelhead fisherman, deer, and bird hunter. Many would say he was the best shot around. The bird population will soar in his absence.

Like many Yoopers, he and several friends built a camp in the Mosinee Grade area, "The County O Camp," which was his home away from home. He was given the title as the "Unofficial Maintenance Man" and was always there cutting the grass or making wood or just doing what needed to get done. He was a great and caring friend to many and he will be dearly missed by his large extended family and many, many friends.

David is survived by an older brother, Dennis (Barbara), of Silver City, a niece, Janeen (Chris) Rhyner, and a great nephew, Grady, of Ramsay, along with many cousins and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alvina Forslund.

A celebration of his life will be held privately at a later date for close friends and family. Per his wishes, there will be no formal service. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer with full military rites, at a date to be determined.


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