Frank Forest “Abby” Abbott, age 93, of Baudette, MN, went to his heavenly home December 26, 2014, after a brief illness.
Forest was born in Duluth, MN, September 9, 1921. After a short time his parents separated and he and his mother lived in Wayzata for a while. They then came back to his mother’s home town of Kelliher to live. He started school there then came to Baudette in 1928 when his mother married John Morris. He attended school in Baudette the rest of 1st grade as well as 2nd and 3rd grade. For 4th – 6th grade he attended school in Kelliher again and lived in Waskish where his step-dad started Sunset Lodge. In 7th grade he moved back to Baudette. His family spent winters in town and summers at Oak Point, which later became Morris Point, named after his step-father. While at Morris Point, he became one of the first charter boat captains in the area at age 16. He played football, baseball and hockey, was class president all four years of high school and graduated from Baudette High School in 1939. He attended Northern Business College in Bemidji for 1 year, worked at the resort in summers and grocery stores during the winters in Baudette until he entered the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was stationed at Camp Kearns, Utah, and then at the headquarters of the Southeast Pacific Air Transport Command in Honolulu, HI and was honorably discharged in 1946. He and Pearl Lindholm, his high school sweetheart, eloped in Olympia WA, February 4, 1944, and lived in Utah a while longer. They then lived in Seattle where he was a navy civilian worker at Pier 91 until 1947 when they moved back to Baudette. From 1947 – 1964 Forest worked at the “Baudette Region” newspaper as a linotype operator, becoming part owner in 1958. He also wrote a local interest column called “Abby’s Alley” while there. He briefly commuted to Int’l. Falls doing the same for two years. He again worked at the “Region” from 1966 – 1975 becoming editor in 1970. Then Forest switched professional gears and was elected for three terms as County Recorder, serving from Jan. 1975 to 1986 at which time he retired completely. He and Pearl moved from their home to Summerfield Place in 2002 and then to Parker’s ARC (assisted living) where he spent his last days.
Forest was a member of the American Legion since 1947, a brief Rotary Club and Moose member, a member of First Lutheran Church for over 50 years where he held all offices except treasurer and was a charter member of the LOW Historical Society serving on the board of directors.
Forest enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, photography, sailing, boating, Twins games, cards and cribbage, and time spent with family and long-time friends, many of whom attended his 90th birthday party at LakeWood Care Center in Sept. 2011.
He is survived by brother, Joe Abbott (Pat), sister, Helene Abbott (Dick Gillen); daughters, Valerie (Dan) Nelson of Elk River, MN and Carol (Steve) Sindelir of Baudette; grandchildren, Kelly Ann Nelson (Chad) Brancamp, Steven Forest Nelson and Blake Lorenz Nelson; great-grandchildren, Flynn Abbott Brancamp and Sawyer Sweeney Brancamp; nieces, Cyndy Goff, Suzanne (Brook) Isola and nephew, Jerry Lee Ebert Jr. (Karen). He is preceded in death by his “sweetie” Pearl in Jan. 2010; his parents, Olive Olson Morris and Joseph Abbott; sister and brother-in-law, Fern Morris Ebert and Jerry Ebert, Sr. and special cousin/”sister” May Chamberlain.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Baudette with visitation 1 hour prior. Interment will be at the Elm Park Cemetery in Baudette.
Memorials are preferred to the First Lutheran Church, the LOW Humane Society, or the LOW Historical Society.