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RS 'Steve' Forest


RS "Steve" Forest passed away Tuesday, May 27. He was born in Bandera on May 27, 1926, to Eva Stevens Forest and Reece Forest.
Steven spent his early years on the QT Stevens Ranch with his grandparents, Quill and Myrtle Stevens, and his mother, Eva Lena Forest. He hunted and trapped and cowboyed on the ranch until moving to Kerrville to attend Schreiner Institute.
During World War II, Steve volunteered for service in the Pacific and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
When Steve returned home he was employed with the Kerrville Police Department as a motorcycle patrolman, then in San Marcos where he became a one-man police department.
Steve joined the Texas Department of Public Safety, serving 38 years before retiring. He was then elected as Bandera County Sheriff and Bandera County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace.
He loved music and played the fiddle with bands at local dances.
A descendant of many old-time ranchers and pioneers, Steve is survived by his wife, Jean Forest; children, Stevens Forest of Dryden, Diane Cowden of Comal County and Jan Forest of Bexar County; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Forest and Kelsa Cowden.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 31, at Grimes Funeral Chapels with Mike Herrington officiating. Burial followed at Bandera Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.