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James "Jim" Forstrom, 82, of Rockford passed from death to eternal life on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Fairhaven. Born on June 13, 1935 in Spencer, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Josephine (Nordine) Forstrom. Married Corliss Mogensen on June 15, 1957, the same day he graduated from Iowa State University; he went on to Trinity Seminary and graduated in 1960. For the next ten years he served Evangelical Free Churches in Minneapolis and Crystal, Minnesota, from 1970 to 1992 he served First Free Church in Rockford. In 1992, Jim returned to Minneapolis to serve at the National Office of the EFCA in missions. After retiring in 2000, he worked in the Archives Department there. In 2012, Jim and Corey moved back to Rockford to reside at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center.
Survivors include his wife, Corey; son, Mark (Cindy) Forstrom; daughter, Shannon (Larry) Walsh; grandchildren, Brenda (Tim) Pierce, Lexi Forstrom, and Ila Walsh; sisters, Sharol (Craig) Anderson, Sondra Merrick, Jan (Tom Keating) Forstrom, and Joy (Jim) Miller; and 14 nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in First Free Rockford. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017 in First Free Rockford. Burial in Albert City, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to: First Free Rockford, 2223 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107 or Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center, 3470 N. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61114.

Condolences & Shared Memories (11)

  1. Chuck Bergstrom

    After family, Jim Forstrom was one of the most influential men in my life in a list that includes Ken Meyer, Jim Widstrom and Paul Kingstrom. I will be forever grateful for his faithful service to the youth at First Free. I am confident that his prayers for me in recent years have helped sustain me. If anyone ever deserved a “Well done, good and faithful servant” upon arrival in heaven, Pastor Jim has now heard those words.

  2. Cindy & Ken ONeill, The Chapel, Michigan

    I praise God for Jim's heart for Jesus and His Kingdom, as well as his kindness as he served the many, many people with whom he interacted serving in the EFCA. I pray that his example will cheer on those to whom he has passed the baton for the Kingdom.

  3. Dr. John & Sandy Strubhar

    Dear Corey: Sandy and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family in the home-going of Jim. What a great colleague and friend he was...his love for Jesus and the EFCA are etched forever on my mind and heart. We are praying that you and your family will experience the presence of our Lord in a special way and that His peace will sustain and keep you.

  4. Corky (Peterson) Foley

    Corey, Mark, Shannon and family....I feel so much love, admiration and gratefulness for Pastor Jim. Next to my family, he had the greatest influence on my middle school and high school years as provided Bible instruction as well as a fun place to be. He will be greatly missed. Doug and I enjoyed visiting with him each time we were in we are thankful for that. We are so sorry for your loss, but thankful for the gift of eternity. With love and prayers for comfort and peace, Doug and Corky Foley

  5. Dean Schlueter

    Pastor Jim made an eternal difference in me and so many others. I am so grateful for his life and commitment to so many of us at First Free. He helped build a solid Christian foundation in our lives. He set us up to win. What a gift he was to us. May God bless and comfort Corey, Mark, Shannon and the rest of the Forstrom family.

  6. Susan (Erickson) Serna

    What a life this wonderful man had! Leading children and teens to follow the living God. What a privilege to have had him as a leader in my life. God bless you, Cory, Mark and Shannon as you remember him.

  7. Paul Leisure

    Jim Forstrom was one of my very favorite pastors at First Evangelical Free Church in Rockford. When I was on the teaching circuit, Jim was like a mentor and supporter. Later he recommended me for leading the "Reach" program for Trinity College (now Trinity International University) in Beloit. I am a better person today because of my past association with Jim Forstrom!

  8. Kevin Meyer

    Corey, Mark, Shannon, and family: I hope you know more fully than before how loved, appreciated and respected your husband, father and family member was. Jim impacted so many lives through his humble, joyful and ever encouraging ministry. From Crystal EFC to Rockford First Free I remember Jim with such gratefulness in my heart. Watching him serve with my father at both churches and having been served by Jim as my Christian Ed pastor at both churches, I had a front row seat to his pastoral heart. I am a better man because of Pastor Jim. Thank you. May the Lord bless you in the coming days as you honor and celebrate with joy a life well lived. With love, Kevin

  9. Brad Widstrom

    Jim was a good friend, a trusted mentor, and a role model to many of us who were privileged to share the journey with him. I count him as one of the two or three most significant influences in my life. Even up until the months of his earthly life. Our prayers and condolences go out to Corey, Mark, Shannon, and the rest of the family. Thank you for sharing Jim with us. And may the Holy Spirit be your strength and comfort now and in the days ahead.

  10. Jill Johnson

    I have a lot of amazing memories of the youth group at First Free- and Pastor Jim was a huge part of those wonderful years. The Young Folk tours were especially memorable. Pastor Jim had such a good sense of humor, and knew how to relate to the teens he watched over. I know it's hard to lose someone here on earth, but what incredible hope we have in knowing that someday we'll see our loved ones who believe in salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  11. Ted & Donna Loy

    To the Family of Jim Forstrom--- Our condolences in the Lord. Ps. 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." Love & blessings, Ted & Donna Loy

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