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Thomas G. Fortner

Published: January 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Thomas G. Fortner

The Chapel member, Cortape Inc. employee,

enjoyed coaching youth sports, grandfather

Thomas G. Fortner, 61, died Dec. 11, 2013, after a brief illness.

Born in Beaver Falls, Pa., on May 27, 1952, he lived in Tallmadge for the past 30 years. He was a member of The Chapel of Akron.

Mr. Fortner was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Dorothy Fortner and sister, Donna Akins. He is survived by his wife, Anne; children, Kristen (Jeff) Leslie, Tommy and Tyler; grandchildren, Lauryn and Ben Leslie; sister, Judith; brothers, Douglas (Kim) Fortner and Michael (Sharon) Thompson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ann and Vince Kasparek; brothers-in-law, Thomas (Nancy) Kasparek and Terry (Maggie) Kasparek; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Fortner was employed by Cortape Inc. for the past 30 years. His passion for sports inspired him to coach and umpire several levels of youth sports throughout his life. Always ready to start up a conversation, Mr. Fortner's personality and kind nature won him many friends over the years.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, c/o Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron 44307.

To share a memory, send a condolence, light a candle or send flowers, visit the Tribute Wall at www.billowfuneralhomes.com.

Billow Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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