Obituary photo of Kenneth Forsyth, Dove-Kansas
In Loving Memory of

Kenneth Forsyth

1939 - 2019
Obituary photo of Kenneth Forsyth, Dove-Kansas
In Loving Memory of

Kenneth Forsyth

1939 - 2019

Services & Gatherings

Services & Gatherings

Visitation:
Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Countryside United Methodist Church
Service:
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 3:00pm
Countryside United Methodist Church
Kenneth Forsyth, 79, passed away early Saturday morning, February 2nd, 2019 at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village, Kansas. Visitation will be at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 SW Burlingame Road, Topeka, Kansas on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The funeral service will be at Countryside at 3:00 PM immediately following the visitation.

The family suggests donations in Ken’s name to Countryside United Methodist Church, Topeka, or to the Kenneth A Forsyth Memorial Scholarship at Washburn Rural High School, Topeka, Kansas. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southeast Chapel, Topeka, Kansas. For more information, contact the funeral home at 785.266.6700 or at www.DoveTopeka.com.

Kenneth was born on September 9, 1939 to Allen and Bessie Forsyth in Howard, Kansas. Ken attended Howard schools and graduated from Howard High School in 1957. He graduated from Southwestern College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, and while completing his Master’s degree in Music Education at Wichita State University, Ken met his partner in music and life, Joanne Rackley. They married in 1971, and Ken happily adopted Joanne’s three children, Patti, John and Deana shortly after. In 1974, Matthew Kent was born. With his new family, Ken began a 43-year career in Kansas Music Education, sharing his love of music with students in Leon, Howard, Columbus, Marion, Salina, Wichita North and Washburn Rural public schools, with college and university stints at Friends University, McPherson College and Southwestern College. Over the years he received the KMEA Outstanding Choral Director of the Year, KCDA Harry Robert Wilson Award and was inducted into the Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame, Washburn Rural High School Hall of Fame and the KMEA Hall of Fame.

Ken (with Joanne, always a package deal) led the music programs in various churches, including UMC Marion, UMC Salina, UMC Winfield, FBC of Wichita and Countryside UMC. Through youth and adult choir trips, choir retreats, scavenger hunts and choir parties, Ken and Joanne were always finding new ways to minister and share God’s love through music. Every stop left an eternal imprint, forever impacting the people and places they had been.

Ken is survived by four children: Patti (Tom), John (Deborah), Deana (Don) and Matt; eight grandchildren: Joel (Megan), Leann (Phillip), Katie, Rebecca, Joy (Robert), Reid (Ana), Abbie (Andrew) and Dashel; seven great-grandchildren: Rylee, Clayton, Kollin, Wesley, Grace, Malia, Baby J; brothers and sisters: Paula Henry, Don (Dianna) Forsyth, and Charles (Jodie) Forsyth; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Ken spent his life giving to others. He gave his love and his attention to anyone who needed it. He gave the gift of music to hundreds upon hundreds, from child to adult. He loved meeting new people and everyone he met was affected forever by his presence. He was a humble and compassionate man. He would have been the first to tell you that he was just one of many influences in other’s lives. However, through the outpouring of sympathy and memories we have received, it is obvious his presence was a catalyst for greatness and a shining example of living a life of service and love. He was the perfect representation of God’s power to change the world through one individual. His life will live on through each kind word given and each beautiful note sung or played by those who were lucky enough to meet him.

To leave the family a special message online, please visit www.DoveTopeka.com.
Kenneth Forsyth, 79, passed away early Saturday morning, February 2nd, 2019 at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village, Kansas. Visitation will be at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 SW Burlingame Road, Topeka, Kansas on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The funeral service will be at Countryside at 3:00 PM immediately following the visitation.

The family suggests donations in Ken’s name to Countryside United Methodist Church, Topeka, or to the Kenneth A Forsyth Memorial Scholarship at Washburn Rural High School, Topeka, Kansas. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southeast Chapel, Topeka, Kansas. For more information, contact the funeral home at 785.266.6700 or at www.DoveTopeka.com.

Kenneth was born on September 9, 1939 to Allen and Bessie Forsyth in Howard, Kansas. Ken attended Howard schools and graduated from Howard High School in 1957. He graduated from Southwestern College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, and while completing his Master’s degree in Music Education at Wichita State University, Ken met his partner in music and life, Joanne Rackley. They married in 1971, and Ken happily adopted Joanne’s three children, Patti, John and Deana shortly after. In 1974, Matthew Kent was born. With his new family, Ken began a 43-year career in Kansas Music Education, sharing his love of music with students in Leon, Howard, Columbus, Marion, Salina, Wichita North and Washburn Rural public schools, with college and university stints at Friends University, McPherson College and Southwestern College. Over the years he received the KMEA Outstanding Choral Director of the Year, KCDA Harry Robert Wilson Award and was inducted into the Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame, Washburn Rural High School Hall of Fame and the KMEA Hall of Fame.

Ken (with Joanne, always a package deal) led the music programs in various churches, including UMC Marion, UMC Salina, UMC Winfield, FBC of Wichita and Countryside UMC. Through youth and adult choir trips, choir retreats, scavenger hunts and choir parties, Ken and Joanne were always finding new ways to minister and share God’s love through music. Every stop left an eternal imprint, forever impacting the people and places they had been.

Ken is survived by four children: Patti (Tom), John (Deborah), Deana (Don) and Matt; eight grandchildren: Joel (Megan), Leann (Phillip), Katie, Rebecca, Joy (Robert), Reid (Ana), Abbie (Andrew) and Dashel; seven great-grandchildren: Rylee, Clayton, Kollin, Wesley, Grace, Malia, Baby J; brothers and sisters: Paula Henry, Don (Dianna) Forsyth, and Charles (Jodie) Forsyth; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Ken spent his life giving to others. He gave his love and his attention to anyone who needed it. He gave the gift of music to hundreds upon hundreds, from child to adult. He loved meeting new people and everyone he met was affected forever by his presence. He was a humble and compassionate man. He would have been the first to tell you that he was just one of many influences in other’s lives. However, through the outpouring of sympathy and memories we have received, it is obvious his presence was a catalyst for greatness and a shining example of living a life of service and love. He was the perfect representation of God’s power to change the world through one individual. His life will live on through each kind word given and each beautiful note sung or played by those who were lucky enough to meet him.

To leave the family a special message online, please visit www.DoveTopeka.com.

Services & Gatherings

Services & Gatherings

Visitation:
Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Countryside United Methodist Church
Service:
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 3:00pm
Countryside United Methodist Church

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