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375 W. Dickman Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037
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Louis T.
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April 26, 1953 – October 9, 2018

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Louis Theodore “Hug-Go” Forsythe, age 65, after a brave and hard fought struggle with cancer, while at his home in Hastings, MI, on October 9, 2018, went to be with his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a native Michigander, born April 26th, 1953 in Battle Creek,where he lived for nearly three decades, graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1972 before moving to Arizona.
During his late teen years he serendipitously began volunteering with Youth for Christ. Shortly after beginning this ministry to troubled youth, Louis himself came into a relationship with Jesus and his life was forever changed. One aspect of that change was the birth of Hug-Go, a stage name Louis used when he clothed himself in clown garb and silently but purposely helped bring joy, laughter and learning to his audiences. Whether he was in Arizona - where he lived for about 20 years - or Michigan - where he moved back to in 2001, Louis’s focus in life was on ministering to others. This is best portrayed by his “Life Coaching” business card slogan, “To help others gain new awareness into who God made them to be.” Sometimes he ministered while backpacking, other times when Hug-Go was creating balloon art. How about giving hugs? - He was famous for these. And even giving blood - call it 26 gallons before chemo stopped it.
God apparently took notice of his kindness, because on July 30th, 2011, he was granted his heart’s desire of a life companion in his wife, Jane (DeHass) Forsythe, who survives him. He is also survived by his brothers Leonard "Bud" (Bobbi) Forsythe and Lawrence "Larry" Forsythe, Mother’s in Law, Margaret Kish and Cathy DeHass, nephews Jason Forsythe, Jeremy Forsythe, Joseph (Alicia) DeHass and niece Shannon (Calvin) Newlands as well as 5 Great Nephews and 3 Great Nieces. Louis was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Forsythe Jr., mother Genevieve (Horyza) Irving, sister Gwen Forsythe and brother-in-law Kenneth (Cathy) DeHass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Louis' name to the Metro World Child, to www.metroworldchild.org, P.O Box 409, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 16th at 1:00 PM at First Wesleyan Church.

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Visitation

When Monday, October 15th, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location
Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
Address
375 W. Dickman Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037

Service Information

When
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 1:00pm
Officiating
Pastor Shannon Whaples
Location
First Wesleyan Church
Address
14425 S. Helmer Road
Battle Creek, MI

Interment Information

Location
Hicks Cemetery
Address
1961 Capital Avenue NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Reception Information

Location
First Wesleyan Church
Address
14425 Helmer Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49015