Argus “Gus” Harold Forbus passed away on Jan. 19, 2012 at Banner Churchill Hospital. Gus was born Sept. 1, 1922 in Ozark, Ark. to John and Mary Alice Forbus. Gus lost his mother when he was 16. Times were difficult, everyone was caught up in the Depression and Gus, upon the advice of his high school teachers, went into a Roosevelt CCC Camp. It gave his family extra money plus he received his room, board and some extra money.
Gus joined the U.S. Marine Corps in September of 1941. Gus’s career in the Marine Corps was extensive and intensive; seeing many battles during his 20-plus years. Pearl Harbor, New Hebrides Islands, Espiritu Santo, New Caledonia, Okinawa and Guadalcanal were just some of the places he was sent. He got out of the Marines in 1945 but re-enlisted after three months. In his later years in the military, Gus joined the Inspector General’s staff as an internal auditor.
After military retirement, he went to work in Civil Service for the Bureau of Federal Credit Unions as a field examiner. He later transferred into the San Francisco office as a Liquidating Agent for National Share Insurance Company. He retired in 1980 and he with his wife, Connie moved to Fallon in 1981 to be closer to family.
Gus was very active in our community, serving on the Hospital Board, Navy League, Reno Church Board, Fallon Shrine Club, Museum Board and was Commander, Adjutant/Treas. of the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. His life has been full and he has savored much.
Gus was the 3rd youngest child in a family of eight who have all but one sister, Maxine Drake of Arkansas, preceded him in death.
Gus is survived by his wife, Connie; step-son, Tony (Terry) Kopas all of Fallon; sons, Jim (Sue) Forbus of Arizona, Ken (Deidra) Forbus of Chicago, Tom (Lili) Kopas and George Kopas all of California; grandchildren, Brianna, Emily, Jamie, Toni Lyn, Jim, Will and Allison and numerous great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made in Gus’s memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Att: Donations, International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at The Gardens Chapel. Interment to follow at The Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors. Arrangements are under the direction of The Gardens Funeral Home, 2949 Austin Highway, Fallon, NV 89406.