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Donald ‘Don’ W. Fortner Sr.

July 9, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Donald "Don" W. Fortner Sr., 70, of Tiffin, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 7, 2013, at Mercy Tiffin Hospital.

He was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Indiana, to Wayne and Mary (Russell) Fortner. He married Katherine Appleton Dec. 16, 1974, and she preceded him in death Dec. 31, 2003. He married Julieanne Snyder April 12, 2008, and she survives in Tiffin.

Survivors also include two sons, Donald W. (Julie) Fortner Jr. of Cincinnati and David W. (Rebecca) Fortner of Normal, Ill.; four stepsons, Tony (Patricia) Hart of Kenton, Paul (Sheri) Myers of Fremont, Bruce (Stacie) Myers of Toledo and Matt Myers of Columbus; two stepdaughters, Amy (Dan) Traxler of Tiffin and Anne (Lee) Luzander of Tiffin; a brother, Ronald (Sandy) Fortner of Ravenswood, W.Va.; and 18 grandchildren.

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He also was preceded in death by his parents; stepson, Jerry Hart; and a brother, Arnold Fortner.

Don was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, and worked at Ball Metal, Findlay, as an electrician for 35 years, retiring in 2008. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1961 in the submarine service as a Polaris missile tech, and was honorably discharged in 1970. He enjoyed traveling, camping, motor home trips, vacationing to Florida and the Smoky Mountains, photography, boating, motorcycles, skydiving and was a NASCAR and Indiana Hoosier basketball fan.

His Mass of Christian burial will begin at noon Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin, where military honors will be conducted by the United Veterans Council. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass.

Friends may visit with the family 6-8 p.m. today, July 9, and 10 a.m. until the time of Mass Wednesday at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake service will begin at 8 p.m. today.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Heart Association or the Diabetes Association.

Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at



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