Former Coachmen Industries Inc. executive Kenneth “Pete” Fore passed away Tuesday (April 30) at Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart, Ind. He was 88.
Fore graduated from Concord High School in 1948, participating in varsity basketball and drama activities. He was a tool and die apprentice and journeyman prior to becoming part of the management team at Taylor Products in Elkhart, eventually being promoted to plant manager. In 1968 he left Taylor Products and joined Coachmen Industries in Middlebury, Ind., serving as vice president of operations and retiring after 25 years in 1995. “Pete” and his wife, Jeanne, owned and operated Foregotten Treasures, an antique store in Middlebury from 1995 through 2007.
Fore was very active in helping to found the Middlebury Boys and Girls Club as well as serving as spokesman for the opening of the Middlebury Greencroft community. He and his wife were the recipients of the Middlebury Book of Golden Deeds Award. They were also the 2008 Beacon of Light Award recipients from the Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club annual Shoup-Fore Golf Outing is also named in honor of “Pete” and Jeanne.
He was well known throughout the area for his ability to repair and recondition lamps of any style or age; a talent and interest he gained from his father. As part of his interest in antique lamps, he started “The Traveling Light of Hope,” a lamp that was passed to people in the Middlebury area who were suffering from cancer.
Fore is survived by his wife, Jeanne, along with children Gregg (Nancy) Fore, Middlebury; Bart (Debbi) Fore, Elkhart; Terri Schwartz, Osceola; Donna (Michael) Pangburn, Mishawaka and Sally Lego, Schoolcraft, Mich. Also surviving are grandchildren Richard (Aubrey) Fore, Derrick (Jackie) Fore; Sharon (Daniel) Krunk, Alan (Autumn) Fore, Bryan (Sarah) Fore, Jake (Avril) Stinson, Madison Pangburn, Sarah Bleything, Jacob Bleything; 16 great grandchildren and his sister, Colleen (Bob) Sedam, Green Cove Springs, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Richard (Sherri) Fore and Van (Julie) Fore; two sisters, Aileen Jeffries and Jean Crume; and one brother Billie G. Fore.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on May 6 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 7, also at the funeral home. Services will be officiated by Minister LaVern Miller.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Middlebury or Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart. Online condolences may be offered to the family at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.