Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home - Champaign Il

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Forest Lee Poland

Forest Lee Poland was born on July 22, 1942 in Wichita Falls, Texas and passed away in the late evening of October 16, 2020 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, polandafter battling Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), pneumonia, diabetes, asthma, and more.

Forest, was known as “Frosty” by much of his family, growing up, and went by “Lee” to most of his friends. 

He was the firstborn son to Ray Poland and Gene Harman, who both preceded him in death.  His younger brother, George William Bridges III, also preceded him in death. He was survived by his siblings, Janet Bridges Smith Brown (location unknown); Joseph Ross of Daytona Beach, Florida; Douglas Ross of Houston, Texas; Julie Jordan of Mesquite, Texas; and Jacqueline Dovner of Massachusetts. 

Forest was a mechanic for a good portion of his life. He used to enjoy working on motorcycles and had worked part-time teaching at Parkland College years ago.  He was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was also a licensed ham radio operator. He will be remembered as having a great love of dogs, especially German Shepherds.  Forest Lee Poland will surely be missed.

There are no public services planned.

Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


Forest Lee Poland was a very good friend to me. He will be missed.

—Jo Collins

I met Forest at the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana, where he trained with his beloved German Shepherds. A kind and friendly gentleman, his absolute love and dedication to his dogs always shone brightly and his dogs reflected this back in their total devotion to him. So sad to hear of his health battles and his passing. The world has lost a truly good and genuine person.

—Marcella Ridgway