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Forest Colt Cropper

Forest Colt Cropper was born on the Llano Estacado of Amarillo, Texas on May 4th, 1992 to Sherri Lynn Cropper and Michael Leroy Barnes. Forest grew up with his half siblings near Canyon and Fritch, Texas enjoying family canoe trips and nature exploration at Lake Meredith. After relocating to the Midwest, Forest returned to public school after several years of home schooling to attend school at Eagleville, Missouri and later graduating from Mount Ayr High School in 2010 where he excelled in art and academics.

Forest made many friends while working at Hy-Vee, spending time with them in the simple pleasures of video gaming, knife collecting, target shooting, and archery. Forest met Jacynda Fern Brand (Cyndi) on September 29th, 2011, and they became engaged on February 14th, 2015. Forest planned to return to college in the fall of 2015 and marry in the summer of 2016. Forest was a kind, gentle soul. He cared deeply about many issues, and loved those he cared for without reserve. He wanted to help make the world a better place and tried to comprehend the obstacles of that goal. Forest loved simple pleasures like going for a drive, cooking a meal for his friends and family, fishing a local pond, or just hanging out with some "bros" and some beers, throwing knives, and enjoying what he called "Good Times."

Forest left this world on March 19th, 2015 at his family home near Redding, IA to seek his destiny beyond what we all know. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mildred and Wesley Cropper, and Horst Thomas Lesch; and his paternal great grandmother, Emma Barnes.

Forest will be missed immeasurably by his surviving family members including his fiance, Cyndi Brand; his parents, Sherri Cropper and Michael Barnes; his siblings, River Raven Cropper, Winter Wolf Cropper, and Zachary Leroy Barnes (and family) of Clayton, NM; his aunt and uncle, Tamara and Steven Beres (and family) of Fritch, TX; his paternal grandparents, Rosemarie and Raymond Barnes of El Paso, TX; his maternal step-grandmother, Judy Lesch of Leesburg, AL and maternal biological grandmother, Sandra Lesch of Amarillo, TX; along with many extended family members and cherished friends.

Forest wanted more than anything to bring family and friends together. And he succeeded in this as much as any one human being can. Forest wanted us to reach out to each other and not just touch, but hold on. Hold on to each other.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

  • Memorial Service

    March 29, 2015
    3:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

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Leave a condolence or a memory.you are really missed my friend

Posted by Cybdi - Leon, IA - Friend   March 19, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

we are going to miss your smiling face when we go into Hy-Vee. You were always helpful and asked how our day was. every time we look at the PT Cruiser we will think of you. R.I.P.

Posted by Diane and Don Zollman - Benton, IA   March 26, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

In my memory, you will always be that great kid we took on a Grand Canyon adventure. My deepest sympathy to all your family and friends. You will be greatly missed.

Posted by Penny Carr - Amarillo, TX - family friend   March 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I already left you a message, but I''m leaving you another one cause I don''t really care. You deserve more messages and candles than I can ever leave you. You were the greatest person to have ever loved me and I can''t tell you how much you mean to me.
From our first kiss at Judge Lewis Park to our last at our home, I have loved you. You always supported me and told me that whatever I wanted to do in this life, you''d help make it a reality. Whether it was a home salon, going back to school for massage therapy, or our wedding, you wanted to be there with me every step of the way.
I''m eternally grateful for the time we shared; we truly do have our own little infinity. I miss you so much and I know that you''re looking down at everybody and smiling at us. I love you, Forest Colt Cropper.

Posted by Cyndi Brand - Mt. Ayr, IA - Fiancee   March 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Forest, It was a pleasure to get to know you the few years I was in Mt. Ayr. You worked hard and treated our customers well. You were always respectful, polite, and took constructive criticism and praise to heart and learned along the way. I truly enjoyed working with you and you will be missed. I know your co-workers and the customers you served, will certainly miss you and your smile. You had a lot of responsibility for a young man of your age and I truly admired you for that. May God be with you and may you rest in peace.

Posted by Brad Auge - olathe, KS - former employer   March 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

You were my best friend, fiance, & protector. I told you everything about everything & now it''s not the same. I know I can still tell you, but I miss the replies from you. I miss everything about you, from the ridiculous faces you made simply to make me smile, to your smell. We planned our lives together & while this wasn''t the ending we wanted, I''m happy to have been with you for over 3 years. Watch over me & help me make the right decisions in life like you always did. You''ll always be in my heart babycakes, I love you. I hope you found the peace that you were always seeking out.

Posted by Cyndi Brand - Mt. Ayr, IA - Fiance   March 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Forest opened his arms and heart to so many! You will never be forgotten, and you will always be loved!

Posted by Courtney - fort mcmurray - 8th-9th grade friends   March 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I became very close to Forest over the last few years. He was more than a friend, he was my brother. He was always there to listen. I just wish I could have been there for him. We could talk for hours wether it was deep conversation or just chatting about random subjects. I miss you more and more as the days go on. Wish I could talk to you one last time. I hope you are at peace now. Love you sir Fo..

Posted by Ben Saville - Delphos, IA - close friend   March 22, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So thankful to have seen you one more time. I hope you are at peace now. I love you little brother.

Posted by Tiffany Barnes - Chick - amarillo, TX - sister   March 22, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Forest was a very sweet you man. He was always friendly and a joy to have in class. He always went out of his way to ask me how things were going. I will miss his smiling face and his caring personality. May he be at peace now. Thoughts and prayers to all the family and to Cindy. Mrs. Cross

Posted by Pam Cross - Mount Ayr, IA - former teacher   March 22, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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