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Forrest A. Messner, 73, died of natural causes March 23 in his residence in Reading. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Herbert and Margarite (Noll) Messner. Messner was employed for 20 years as a water-meter reader for the City of Reading until his retirement. He was a 1949 graduate of Reading High School. Surviving are a son, Jeff S., New Ringgold, Schuylkill County; and a daughter, Donna Messner, Reading. Other survivors include a brother, David, Birdsboro. There are also seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by a son, Steven A. Messner, in 2001. Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

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