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Bruce Israel “Izzy” DeForest, age 41, of Greenville, passed away Sunday morning, September 29, 2013 at Metron of Belding after a courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease. The son of Bruce Alden & Cathy Jo (Bergeron) DeForest, he was born on December 7, 1971 in Greenville and had attended the Seiter Education Center.

Izzy loved music of all kinds, was a fan of classic television shows such as “I Dream of Jeanie”, “Bonanza”, and “Gunsmoke”, and delighted in shopping at Goodwill.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce A. DeForest on November 2, 2007; his paternal grandparents, Lela & Harry Johnson, Jr.; and his maternal grandparents, Leona & Joseph Terrault.

Surviving are his son, Matthew DeForest of Sidney; his mother, Cathy Dukeman, a sister, Laramie & Josh Swiger; a niece, Trinity Swiger, all of Greenville; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a special friend, Ian Ashley of Greenville.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America ( Following Thursday’s visitation, relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his life in a time of food and fellowship beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Greenville Moose Lodge, located north of Greenville on M-91.

Burial will take place privately at Richland Township Cemetery near Vestaburg. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Izzy’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on September 29, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Mary Miller

    My condolences to the DeForest family. Psalms 146:5 says: Happy is the one who has the God of Jacob as his helper. Whose hope is in his God. Please go to him and taste and see that he will help you get through the difficult days ahead, and he will also bring back to life all those in his memory. Please find some comfort and strength from these few words of truth, you and your family in , your time of need.



    Gail Brechting

    Just want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take Care



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