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10/3/2012 1:50:00 PM
Michael Fortner, 68
Michael Fortner
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Michael Fortner

Michael Fortner liked to ride motorcycles

Michael Fortner, 68, of North Vernon died at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus.

Funeral services will be at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service on Friday at 4:30 p.m. with Rev. John Willis officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Cremation is planned after the service.

Mr. Fortner served in the National Guard for six years as a tank mechanic. He retired from Cummins Engine Company after 30 years of employment. He was a proud Benefactor Member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed shooting, riding motorcycles and spending time with his family.

Born January 26, 1944 in Jennings County, Mr. Fortner was the son of the late Harold and Leah Folsom Fortner.

Survivors include four daughters, Karen Fortner of Lawrenceburg, Lisa Bedel, Melissa Chadd, and Michelle Fortner all of North Vernon; son, Dennis Fortner of Seymour; five sisters, Diana McRae of North Vernon, Elaine Bass of Fishers, Judy Villegis of Southport, Rose Thompson of Illinois, and Shelia Osbourne of Indianapolis; a brother Steve Fortner of Illinois and a step-mother, Carol Fortner of Fishers.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Fortner was preceded in death by a son, William Michael Fortner and a brother, Preston Fortner.

Memorials may be made through the family to the American Cancer Society.



Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Michelle Fortner

This is Mike Fortner's daughter, Michelle. I wanted to say thank you to The Plain Dealer-Sun for doing a wonderful job presenting my father's obituary. I know it would've meant a lot to him. And I also wanted to thank Dove-Sharp & Rudicel for the incredible embalming they did on my father. He looked like he was alive again, just sleeping soundly. Their patience and graciousness is very much appreciated as well. They did a beautiful job preparing his service. Thank you.



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