Forrest Cousens

Forrest L. Cousens

Wednesday, April 2nd, 1924 - Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
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Forrest L. Cousens, age 94, passed away at The Pines Nursing Home in Poughkeepsie, NY on March 20, 2019 surrounded by his family. Born on April 2, 1924 in East Orange, NJ, Forrest was married for 64 years to Phyllis (Barassi) Cousens, who predeceased him in 2015. Forrest graduated from Ossining High School and is an alumnus from Vassar College under the GI Bill long before the college went co-ed in 1969. He was granted that privilege from the Army to continue his education as a returning Veteran from World War II.
Forrest is survived by his daughter Patricia (Cousens) Kozak and her husband, Robert, and his son Forrest Cousens II, and his wife, Faith. His grandchildren are Blair (Kozak) Reynolds (and husband Colby), Tara (Kozak) Lindsay (and husband Andrew), Matthew Cousens, and Amie (Cousens) Fredericks (and husband Kenneth). Forrest is also survived by nine great-grandchildren who brought him great joy.
Forrest will be remembered for his drive and quest for perfection in everything he undertook whether it involved family or his devotion to his church, The Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie. There he served as a former Elder and Deacon, as well as a member of the choir for over 50 years.
Forrest proudly served his country and fought in World War II. He enlisted in the Army and served in the 75th Infantry, in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, fighting bravely in the Battle of the Bulge which earned him the rank of Corporal upon discharge. He earned two Purple Hearts and three Battle Stars for his service. In 2017, he was asked to participate as an honored veteran in the Hudson Valley Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. where he was recognized for his service to his country.
Forrest also served his community as an Alderman for the City of Poughkeepsie and was the assistant Mayor during the Waryas and Atkinson administration in the 1950 and 60s. He also served as a County legislator and was the chairman of the Democratic County Committee. In 2016, Forrest was recognized for his service to the City of Poughkeepsie and his County by the Dutchess County Legislative Committee, receiving an official Commendation from the County.
After his education, he went on to have a 43-year successful career with IBM, retiring in 1986. Forrest loved to travel and saw much of the world traveling with a Veterans Chorus which took him to many countries throughout the world.
“Poppy,” as he was known by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was loved by many and will always be remembered as a caring, thoughtful man to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Calling hours will be Sunday, March 24, 2-4pm at Miller Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 25, 2pm at The Poughkeepsie Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. Burial will be on Tuesday, March 26, 11am at the Hillside Cemetery, 1033 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Forrest's memory to The Poughkeepsie Reformed Church (in memo section of check, please write "Organ Fund"). If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 24th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, March 24th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Monday, March 25th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, March 25th, 2019 2:00pm
    Reformed Church-Pok.
    70 Hooker Ave.
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Howard Winn

Posted at 03:07pm
I am months late in my condolences but living in Maine at the time of Forrest's passing, I did not know my fellow Vassar Vet had died. Late of not, I wish to say I was a friend of his and someone who shared his war experiences, although not as intimately as he. We shared the same Vassar experiences and survived them. Forrest contributed much energy to being a Vassar Grad. He was an important citizen of his community and must be honored for that role.

robert exelbert

Posted at 05:55pm
Dear Patty and Family, my thoughts are with you on the passing of Forrest. Your dad was very special to me. We always had some nice discussions in the office. He always asked how my father was, since they were close in age. My father passed this Feb. 12. We are all fortunate to have had them for so long. my prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Dr. Robert S. Exelbert

Nanci A Peluse

Posted at 04:14pm
Dear Patty and Family,
I retired in September, 2017, from the Reformed Church after 35 years as Office Administrator and before my retirement, Forrest would visit me at the church office occasionally and we would sit and "catch up" about what was going on in our lives. He always called me "princess" and I loved that he did. He always made me feel like a "princess" too. A sweet and wonderful man who will be greatly missed always. I am privileged to have had the honor of not only knowing Forrest but calling him "friend".

James C. Seymour Jr.

Posted at 08:52pm
To Patty and Family,
Gail and I send our heartfelt sympathies on your loss. We are sending a sympathy card as we will be up in Ballston Lake, NY child-sitting our three grandsons for our daughter Courtney. We will be leaving after the church worship service-Mar 24. I got to know your father real well over the past few years. As we had many conversations at the church coffee hour. I admired his dedication to the choir and to our church even in his later years. You will be glad to know that I play "Andrew the Bringer" in the Living Last Supper. A role your father made famous for me by him and was a good role model for me. He will be missed greatly at the church. Yours in Christ, Jim Seymour

Sam Letterii

Posted at 09:23am
I have very vivid and pleasant childhood memories of Mr. Cousins and his family in our neighborhood in Poughkeepsie. He was a tall, dignified man who spoke in a rich, baritone tone of voice, always commanding and respectful. Mr. Cousens and his wonderful wife, Phyllis, were just the friendliest and most generous neighbors a young person would ever want. They were a truly happy couple who spread happiness and good will whomever they came in contact with. I can still remember their welcoming smiles, and joyful laughter at neighborhood gatherings and parties. Mr. Cousens was such a classy man and I never saw him annoyed or bothered by the over exuberant behavior of the neighborhood children, of which I was a prominent member! My deepest condolences to Forrest and Faith, and to Patty and Bob and to all the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Sam Letterii

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