Thomas L. Forbes, 78, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at his home in Burke, VA.

Mr. Forbes was born in Nevada, Iowa, to the late Harry and Phyllis Forbes. He faithfully served his country for 31 years, first with the U.S. Navy and then as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. While with the State Department, he served as a communications officer for U.S. embassies in 10 countries. He retired from federal service in 1984 and then worked as an office manager for several years.

He was a devoted father and grandfather and is survived by his daughter, Rosette (Paul) Farello of Chantilly, VA and her mother, Thu Barnes of Pinellas Park, Florida; two brothers and their spouses, Timothy and Alberta Forbes of Texas and Joel and Kathy Forbes of Iowa; his sister-in-law Annette Forbes of Iowa; and three grandchildren, Natalie, Benjamin, and Allison.

He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel Forbes of Iowa.

He was laid to rest with a military burial at Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care (www.

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