Lansing, Michigan

Forest entered into eternal rest at the age of 72 on February 16, 2015. Born on January 15, 1943 in Lansing, Michigan he was son, brother, father, grandfather, and friend to many. Forest was known for his recognizable laugh and passion for life. He had an immense love for cars, trains, history, and a good swap meet. Nothing warmed his heart more than the steadfast companionship of a dog on his lap. Forest loved a good joke and could easily find humor in everyday life.

To say that he was passionate about drag racing would be an understatement. He was proud to share that he only missed one year of attendance in 60 years of races over Labor Day weekend at Indy. He loved to travel and enjoyed multiple trips out west and east, including a return trip to Washington, D.C. to see the historical monuments he first toured as a 17-year-old band student at Sexton High School. He took enormous delight in watching his two grandchildren grow throughout the years of his life and was overjoyed to see each of them graduate from college and later get married.

Forest enjoyed dining out with friends and family and reminiscing about shared past experiences. He had an uncanny memory about growing up in Lansing and could vividly recall taking the bus downtown to see a 5-cent matinee movie at the Michigan Theater or “cruising the gut” on Washington Ave. He could recite what kind of vehicle he sold to past customers while working at Jack Dykstra Ford and Shaheen Chevrolet and was a proud Lansing business owner for over 29 years, known as “The Stripe Man.” He was active in the life of Mason First Presbyterian Church.

Forest was preceded in death by daughter Jennifer in 1969, mother Ann in 1981, and father Forest, Sr. in 1992. He is survived by partner Ann Carey Hall; sister, Jean Ann Fickes; son-in-law and daughter, Thomas James & Betty Ann Gauthier; and grandchildren, John Robert Seber & Elizabeth Ann Gauthier and Patrick Thomas & Christine Kay Gauthier.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015, at Mason First Presbyterian Church, 131 E. Maple St., Mason. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to the Capital Area Humane Society, the Greater Lansing Food Bank, or to Mason First Presbyterian Church.

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20 Messages to “Forest J. “Doc” Fickes”

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    Jeff Miller Says:

    Your laugh will be missed my friend

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    Gary & Donna Fedewa Says:


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    Gregory and Judy VanPeenen Says:

    Forrest you will be missed by many, You were a fixture in the Greater Lansing Automotive community. Rest in peace.

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    Amy Ronayne Krause Says:

    Betty and Family—My thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    Sue Peters Says:

    Rest in peace, you were always a great friend.

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