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Robert L. "Big Boy" Fortner

May 15, 1937 January 2, 2020
Robert L. "Big Boy" Fortner
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Obituary for Robert L. "Big Boy" Fortner

PEORIA ~ Robert L. “Big Boy” Fortner, 82, of Peoria, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Rosewood Care Center in Peoria.

Born May 15, 1937 in Aledo, IL to Earl and Virginia (Goodman) Fortner, he married Kathleen E. Walsten on February 4, 1962 in Aledo. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Dawn (David) Alwan of Dunlap; three grandchildren, Jordan Alwan, Katie Fortner and Meg Fortner; and one sister, Betty (Ron) Fullerton of Keithsburg, IL.

Bob was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Fortner and one granddaughter, Jessica Alwan.

Bob was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves and a graduate of Western Illinois University. He founded Fortner Insurance Agency and was in the insurance industry for over 50 years.

He was a dedicated volunteer at Hooked on Fishing Park, past president of Bergan High School Booster Club, a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church and the Illinois Valley Yacht Club.

His Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 6, 2020 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Peoria with a half hour prior visitation. Father David Richardson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria. Private burial of cremains will follow at a later date in Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hooked on Fishing at 1807 N. Main St. East Peoria, IL 61611.

Friends may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.


Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

5

Jan

5:00 PM 1/5/2020 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/5/2020 8:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Monday

6

Jan

9:30 AM 1/6/2020 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 1/6/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

6

Jan

10:00 AM 1/6/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States
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