John F. Fortner

John F. Fortner

John F. Fortner, 92, Pawnee, Ill., died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Ill..

John was born Aug. 17, 1927, in Springfield, the son of Jess H. and Mary E. Conley Fortner. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and three sisters and one granddaughter.

He is survived by one son, Kent Fortner, Pawnee; one daughter, Pamela E. (husband, Randall L.) Wheeler, Oblong; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

John was a member of the Pawnee United Methodist Church, graduated from Feitshans High School in Springfield and was named to the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame. 

He served his country for 30 years in the United States Navy, retiring as a bookkeeper, SK-1 First Class, in 1976.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Pawnee United Methodist Church with Rev. Chuck Kurfman officiating. Burial will follow at Auburn Cemetery where the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Pawnee United Methodist Church, 402 Sixth St., Pawnee, Ill. 62558.

Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee handled arrangements.

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