Jonathan Michael Jex-Blake Forde

jonathan forde

Of Vienna, VA died suddenly on Monday, August 13, 2007, while training for a second deployment to Iraq. Jonathan was a Staff Sergeant in the 237th Engineer Co. of the Virginia National Guard and a decorated veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a 1999 graduate of Gonzaga College High School, where he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team. Jonathan is survived by his loving parents, Kathryn and Michael; step-parents, Taylor Cosby and Deborah Forde; sisters, Susannah, Annabel, Allie, Carrington and Erin; and beloved girlfriend, Brandy Carter. The family will receive friends at MONEY AND KING FUNERAL HOME, 171 W Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Thursday, August 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 24, 1 p.m. at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in his name to the Jonathan Forde scholarship Fund, c/o Gonzaga College High School, 19 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC 20001, Attn: Jonathan Forde Scholarship Fund, payable to Gonzaga. Please view and sign the guest book at:

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Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Our son Andy has known and be a friend of Jonathans for years and was shocked and saddened to hear the news. We lost our daughtere 2 1/2 years ago, so we understand some of what you are going through. I have heard about Jonathn for years, from our mutual friend Pat Kull, and what a special young man Jonathan is. God be with your family during this this time of loss. Marilyn and Kielar

  2. We are so sorry for the loss of your dear son Jonathan. We are praying that God’s comforting arms enfold you during this time of great sadness and grief. Our deepest sympathies, Matt and Wendy Fetter, Skyler and Rhett

  3. John Forde was a great brother of Theta Chi. I got to enjoy some good times with him at James Madison University. He was a man greater than I for serving in Iraq. I also played some lacrosse with him at JMU. He faced off for a little bit. I enjoyed both being a brother on the field as well as a brother in our fraternity.

  4. Taylor, I am very sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. David Abdalla

  5. Dear Susannah & Annabel, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to you, your family, and Brandy. There is nothing that anyone can say to lessen the sting. However I pray God’s Love and Peace to cover you in this painful time. I pray also that there can be celebration in the midst of mourning. May God Bless You and Keep You. Love, Your childhood friend Bobby McIntyre

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in your friends, family, and God. Lenny & Amy

  7. We were stunned to hear of the tragic loss of your brother, Annabel. You and your entire family are in our prayers, thoughts and hearts. Trust that your faith in God, and your love and support for one another will guide you through this terrible time. We send along our deepest sympathy.

  8. We are deeply saddened by the news of Jon’s passing. Jon and Brandy were very good friends of Heather and Steve. Although we have lost touch over the years, it seems as if our children have made acquaintance along the way. There is no richer man than a man who has friends. There is no greater sacrifice than for your country. He will be deeply missed but his memory will live on in all of you. May God bless and keep you all in his loving care always.

  9. Mike, Debs & Family, We are so saddened for the pain and grief you all are experiencing now. You are in are prayers. We love you! Love Wayne, Lisa & Gregory

  10. To Jonathan’s family: Please accept our sincere condolences for your tragic loss. May Jonathan rest in peace.

  11. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved. My deepest sympathies. Sincerely, Laura Waterman

  12. Jonathan was loved by many and praised by all. He served his country with honor, dignity, and courage. He will be missed by everyone and never forgotten.

  13. Dear Mike and Debbie and Aly: Brenda and I share your sorrow and grief. We couldn’t ask for better next door neighbors which makes Jonathan’s death all the more tragic. We are always here for you and you and Jonathan will be in our prayers. God Bless. Terry and Brenda Fowler Colonel USAF (Ret)

  14. The news of Johns passing saddened me very much as John and I served in Iraq together the first time around. Your son was someone I looked up to even though I am much older. He always showed the faith and courage and motivation to show others to keep moving on when times got hard. I will miss him very much.

  15. To Jonathan’s family: We are sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our sympathy and sincerest condolences. Darrin and Lori Hyrup

  16. I would like to send my condolences and prayers to the Ford Family. Suzi, Im sorry to hear that ur brother passed. Just know you and your family are in my prayers. I also just lost a cousin last weekend. So i know what you all are going through. If you need anything im here for ya.. Love ya tasha

  17. My thoughts and prayers are with Jon’s family, friends, brothers, and Girlfriend Brandy during this very sad time. I was Jon’s friend, brother, and roommate while he was at JMU. The great thing about Jon is that he was always smiling and always enjoying life – and made others feel the same way. I think back and remember all the great times and smile. We will miss him. Jon- Thanks for extending your Helping Hand and serving our country! Rest in Peace, Brother.

  18. Taylor, Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May you find strength and comfort through God’s love and through friends and family.

  19. There are many gifts that we receive in this world, some we return others we have taken away from us. Johnathan was a special gift to all and was taken away too soon. He was a beautiful person that we all had the pleasure to know! May he rest in peace and watch over those he loved most.

  20. “What God Hath Promised” “…God hath not promised we shall not know toil and temptation, trouble and woe…But God hath promised strength for the day, rest for the laborer, light for the way. Grace for the trials, help from above, Unfailing sympathy, undying love.” What a wonderful son Jonathan was. He will always be with you in spirit.

  21. Dave and I were so sorry to hear about Jonathan. Please know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, the love and support of family and friends will provide comfort and strength to you during this most difficult time.

  22. To the entire family- I am so sorry to hear about your tragic loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I understand what you are all feeling as 8 years ago today I lost my brother. May he rest in peace.

  23. We were deeply saddened to learn of your tragic loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. Don and Donna Hansen

  24. We were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jonathan. Our early memories of Jonathan are always being a part of his sisters’ softball games. We are honored and proud to have him as a part of the military. Our deepest sympathy and may you find strength to go forward during this very trying time. Dick, Pat and Kristine Hankinson

  25. To Jonathan’s Family, Please accept my deepest condolences on this day of loss. I served with John in Iraq. I was his Team Leader and his friend. He was a man of great courage and fortitude, but he was also a man of great compassion. His acts of bravery and kindness are too numerous for me to count. John was like family to me, and I trusted him with my life. He was the finest soldier I’ve ever served with. May God take him and keep safe.

  26. Dear Susannah and Annabel, I am so sorry to hear about your loss and want to extend my deepest condolences. I will always remember our happy days of softball accompanied by your little brother who had so much promise, which he obviously realized as an extremely accomplished man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  27. 1000 characters, even my paltry words do not do this tragedy justice. I was his platoon leader in Iraq. Jon was a good soldier, a good driver, but most of all a good friend. My heart is with his family as they mourn his loss. Several of his fellow soldiers on missions have asked me to pass their sympathies as well. — Rest well O good and faithful servant. May angels guide your steps from here. See you at the final rally point. —

  28. Jon was the most true and real person I have ever met. I will never forget the incredible amount of laughs we shared. I don’t know what else to say except that I really loved Jon. We all really loved him and always will.

  29. Michael & Debbie & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time! Stand strong! Jonathans with the angels watching over us standing by! God Bless!

  30. jonathan, we thank you for your contribution to the defense of our country and mourn your sudden passing. May God bless you and your lovely family

  31. Dear Brandy, My condolences to you, Margaret and Jonathan’s family. After reading the guest book, I can really see what a special person Jonathan truly was as he had so many friends and loved ones. He will be greatly missed no doubt by all of those who cared about him.

  32. Wish we could be there to offer hugs in person. Jonathan will be greatly missed. I was looking at our wedding pictures. Jonathan was a delightful ring barer. It is hard to believe twenty four years have flown by. And harder yet to know that he is gone. I hope the years of wonderful memories will help you with this sad loss. Our love and sympathy, Barbara & Mike Condie

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