Lt Col Dennis R “Denny” Forinash


Lt Col Dennis R “Denny” Forinash

Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Missouri, USA
Death 7 Jul 2017 (aged 63)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Plot Lot 8, row A, site 35
Memorial ID 181377297 View Source
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BONNE TERRE -- Dennis “Denny” R. Forinash, a pilot, retired Air Force Lt. Col., beloved husband, father and son died unexpectedly on an airline layover in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday July 7, 2017, at the age of 63.

Dennis is survived by his wife Carla (Porter) Forinash; his children, David Forinash and Erin (Forinash) Beck (Phil Beck); his parents, James W Forinash and Waneda (Chapman) Forinash; his brothers, James Dwayne Forinash (Linda) and Darrell J Forinash (Nancy).

With others who have preceded him in death, Dennis has joined in heaven his in-laws James L Porter and Lorene (Cauley) Porter; his nephew Scott Porter; his Uncle Paul Chapman; among numerous other family and friends.

Dennis was born in Bonne Terre, Missouri, on September 5, 1953, growing up in the home his parents built in his hometown, Irondale, Missouri. Upon graduating Leadwood High School, Dennis was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy in 1971 and graduated class of 1975. He married Carla Porter on June 28, 1975. After graduation, Dennis attended pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma, for one year. Upon completion, he was assigned to the C-130 at McChord Air Force Base in Washington State, then flew the C-9 Nightingale medevac at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Dennis and his family returned to Little Rock Air Force Base where he again flew the C-130. After his separation from the U.S. Air Force, Dennis was then in the reserves where he flew in Desert Storm with the 731st Airlift Squadron under the 302nd Airlift Wing. He was also hired by American Airlines in October 1988, where he initially flew as a First Officer and eventually upgraded to Captain as his present position at the time of his death. His career at American Airlines spanned for nearly 29 years.

Burial to follow the chapel service at the U.S. Air Force Academy Cemetery. Reception to honor Dennis will be held after the burial on the U.S. Air Force Academy grounds. To access the Air Force Academy please enter through the North Gate entrance, Exit 156 from I-25.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the USAFA Cemetery in memory of Dennis at. Or mailed to USAFA Cemetery fund. 3116 Academy Drive, Suite 200 USAF Academy, CO 80840.

He was a devoted family man, avid skier, snow boarder, hiker, Colorado Rockies fan and has traveled the world.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Swan-Law Funeral Directors at 501 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. The funeral service is scheduled for Monday, July 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel.

He was jogging while on an overnight along Higgins Road in Rosemont and was struck by a car. He later died at the hospital.


Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Class of 1975; Adventurous husband and father, A life well lived

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lt Col Dennis R “Denny” Forinash (5 Sep 1953–7 Jul 2017), Find a Grave Memorial ID 181377297, citing United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Wildcajun (contributor 47426793) .