Forrest H. 'Forie' 'Mad Sam' Vean, 77, passed away December 29, 2007, in Pueblo. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Julia L. Vean; children, Michelle (Michael) Hepner of Denver and Nannette Vean of Denver; grandchildren, Zachary, Joshua and Hannah Hepner; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley and Marvin Strait of Colorado Springs; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Bessie Vean and brother, Herbert Vean. Forie was born on April 25, 1930, in Denver, and was a longtime Pueblo resident. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He owned and operated Sam Nelson Furniture Store for over 51 years, before his retirement in August 2006. Member of United Hebrew Center, Hebrew Education Alliance, BPO Elks Lodge No. 90 and Past President of the Travelers Protective Association in Pueblo. Forie served on the B'nai Jacob Board and also supervised the operations of the cemetery for over 35 years. Funeral service, 12:00 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2007, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Rabbi Anat Moskowski presiding. Interment will follow at B'nai Jacob Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to B'nai Jacob, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Julie, Nan, and Michelle:

    I am saddened. A bright light has been extinguished from our lives. I have no words that are worthy enough to put on a condolence message……no words that can match the depths of care that I feel and that I know you are experiencing. My heart and my prayers go out to all of you.

  2. Julia, I want you to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers and you have my deepest sympathy. The two of you had a real love story!

  3. Julia, I want you to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers and you have my deepest sympathy. The two of you had a real love story!

  4. Mr. Nelson was a really nice man. I bought my first bedroom set from him, he believed in me enough to make payments, even when I was in making a payment, he would call and very nicely say “honey bring in a payment” he was never mean or angry. I paid off that bedroom set, which I still have. I will always be thankful to him. I didn’t realize that last week at the Courthouse when I saw him last, would be my last time of seeing him. We have lost a wonderful business man.

  5. Dearest Julia,
    Not sure if you remember me, but I met you and your husband thru Dunkin Donuts. I was the one they called “blonde”. Just wanted to tell you how sorry I am to hear about Forie’s passing. He was a sweet man, and always greated us with a smile. I consider myself lucky to have known him.

  6. Julia and Family,
    Kathie and I wish to extend our condolences. I know that we both always deeply appreciated his (and your) support of our work with the Municipal Band and Assistance League. But, more importantly, we will always treasure those delightful moments when we would simply visit and chat with him. He would never fail to leave us lighter, brighter, and, well, happier, with a higher bounce to our step. What a gift.
    I know there will be many wonderful memories to sustain you.

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