Andrew Levi Fortner

Born: Wed., Apr. 5, 1922
Died: Thu., Jun. 28, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jul. 02, 2012
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Tue., Jul. 03, 2012
Location: Central Baptist Church

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   Andrew Levi "Lee" Fortner, 90, of Quincy, left home to be with his Lord, Thursday (June 28)  at 2:45 p.m. surrounded by his Loving Family.

   Born April 5, 1922 in Quincy, Lee was the son of Andrew Jackson and Cora Maude Haskins Fortner. He married Betty Lee Phillips on October 31, 1953 in Quincy. She survives.

   He was a member of Central Baptist Church and also attended his dear friend Pastor Tom Henderson's New Beginnings Church. He was also a member of the Quincy VFW Post No. 5129, North Side Boat Club and a former member of the Moose Lodge. He was a Jack of all Trades. He enjoyed doing woodworking, carpentry, wallpapering, working outside in his yard and in  his vegetable garden and flower garden.  Always at the top of his list was camping and fishing with his family. Lee was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was devoted to his family. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and his little great granddaughter.

   Lee was employed for 26 years as a route salesman for Quincy Maid Potato Chip Co.. He then started  and ran his own company called Lee's Wholesale until his retirement in 2007.

   Lee Served his country in the Army during WWII fighting with the men of the 186th Field Artillery Battalion. Lee saw action in over twenty major battles including Omaha Beach at Normandy, St. Lo and the Battle of the Bulge. For his bravery he received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Silver Battle Star and the Bronze Service Arrowhead. In 2007 Lee wrote of his war time exploits and published a book called WWII and Me and The Phantom Battalion. He also wrote and published aWWII novel called The Man with a Mission.

   Survivors include his wife, Betty; his children, Rodney "Rod" Fortner ( Joanne) of Peoria, IL, Sue Lockett (Mark) of Liberty, IL, Patty Littleton (Roger) of Quincy, Jeff Fortner and John Fortner both of Quincy; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Littleton of Denver, CO, Danielle Littleton of Quincy, Ryan Lockett and Sara Lockett both of Liberty, Marissa Fortner, Andrea Fortner and Rebecca Fortner all of Peoria, IL and one great granddaughter, Amaria Lockett of Liberty, IL and many nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Fortner was preceded in death by four sisters, Della Frances Gustison, Josephine Bigger, Edith Wood and an infant sister; one brother Kenneth Fortner and five half brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Central Baptist Church with Dr. Woodrow Burt and Dr. Tom Henderson officating. Burial with Military Honors will be given by the Payson V.F.W. Post 2061 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail in Greenmount Cemetery.

   Visitation will be held Monday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Tuesday morning from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church.

   Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice or the Blessing  Cancer Center.

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Phil (Hudson) Yoe
   Posted Sat June 30, 2012
Dear Betty and Family, I am so saddened to learn of the passing of Lee. I have so many fond memories of not only Lee but all of his family. Those memories go back to when I was in the 3rd grade and lived on S. 4th street in the same house that Frannie lived in.
Please know Betty that I know first hand the loss you are feeling but you also have great memories and it is those memories that will sustain you and keep you going and they can't be taken from you. Have Faith in God Betty, He will heal your hearts. Love and Prayers to you and your family, Phil Yoe

Marsha Fortner
   Posted Sun July 01, 2012
Dear Aunt Betty and children and grandchildren
The Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. It teaches that when a believer passes from this life into eternity, he leaves his earthly body behind and receives a new heavenly body, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. This new body will never know pain, suffering, or death. We will be with the Lord forever, all troubles past and even the memory of any suffering has passed. We will be known as we are here, by our friends and family. How wonderful that the Lord took care of our eternal souls. Amen

shawn Phillips
   Posted Sun July 01, 2012
To the Fortner family. My kids and I are sorry for your loss.I told them about Uncle Lee and his life, what a great Man.

Shawn,Megan and Shawn Jr.

Martha Russell Phillips and Family
   Posted Sun July 01, 2012
What to say and where to start about a man like Uncle Lee there is not enough space and time, a man who led his life here on earth as he is going to now lead in the kingdom of our creator ,God, the Almighty who we our sure has Uncle Lee by his hand introducing him to his new kingdom and all the glorious new wonders he will be missed daily by all who were privledged to have known him. A true American patriot who deeply loved his family, God and country. We will miss you we will try to lead our life. by the wonderful example you set here on earth Thanks for the man you were, so priviledeged to have called you Uncle. It is not easy loosing a Husband, Father and friend and we feel your sorrow and with your family in our thoughts and prayers. Martha Russell Phillips and family.

Joyce Friesen
   Posted Sun July 01, 2012
Sending my condolences to your family. May God be with you to carry you through this time of sadness.

Joyce Friesen (Joanne Fortner''''s sister)

Lisa Junkerman
   Posted Mon July 02, 2012
I grew up 3 houses down from Lee and his family on York Street between 3rd and 4th street. His daughters and my cousins were very close growing up. John and I were also friends growing up.Lee and Betty were and still are very good people.Betty, I am so sorry for your loss,but just remember Lee is in a much better place with our LORD and the rest or your family who went before him.There is no cancer or any kind of bad and non curable disease's in Heaven. Lee is in a happy place,and we will all see him soon.My thoughts and my heart is with you and your family.God Bless each of you.The Junkerman and Morrell families

David Johnson
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
I found Mr. Fortner's obituary while searching for information on the 186th Field Art Battallion, WW2. My grandfather was an officer in that unit. I cannot help but think that he may have served with Mr. Fortner. God rest both their soles.

David Johnson

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