|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1928|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 2008|
Walter, 79, passed away at his home.
He was a son of Walter and Mary (Urke) Fortener. He was placed in St. Joseph Orphanage at the age of 2 ½ and lived there until the age of 11. He then went to his foster home with Andrew and Erma (Laux) Beumer in St. Peter. On Jul 9, 1949, he married Mary Lou Knapke, who survives in Coldwater.
Surviving are five sons, Eric and Russ (Judy), all Coldwater, Ron (Annette), Vandalia, Randy (Barb), Dublin, and Roger (Jane), Whitehouse; a daughter, Nancy (Jerry) Fleck, Coldwater; a sister, Marie (Gary) Olwine, Fort Recovery; foster son-in-law, Joe (Rhonda) Voskuhl, Vandalia; ten grandchildren, Christie Gates, Stephanie Attwood, Andy, Philip, Taylor & Emily Fortener, Chad, Craig, Tyler & Molly Fleck; 2 great grandchildren: Leigha & Gabby Gates; and two great grandchildren: Leigha & Gabby Gates.
Deceased are two sisters, Mary Ann (John) Appleton, Kathleen Norris; and a foster daughter Pam Voskuhl.
He was an active member of his community. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Coldwater, a church commentator, CCD teacher and commentator scheduler for many years. He was a member of Coldwater Fraternal Order of Eagles #3025, Coldwater Knights of Columbus Council #1991. He was an excellent speaker and emcee of many events both political and ceremonial. He was also past president of the board of governors of the former Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Coldwater, Coldwater Village council member, Mayor of Coldwater, County Treasurer, Ohio State Representative and retired as the Chief of Enforcement State of Employees of Ohio (P.U.C.O.). He also owned his own businesses Coldwater Maintenance and Western Auto. He was very well known throughout Mercer County. He had a wonderful sense of humor, was loved dearly and is missed by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Fr. Ron Wilker officiating.
Walter Carl Fortener (1904 - 1994)
Mary Ann Urke Fortener (1897 - 1931)
Kathleen R. Fortener Norris (1925 - 1955)*
Walter Raymond Fortener (1928 - 2008)
Saint Elizabeth Cemetery
Created by: Mike Dearbaugh
Record added: Nov 08, 2008
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