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Joseph L. Fortner
(10-13-1935 - 05-15-2017)

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Joseph L. Fortner, 81, of Elgin passed away May 15, 2017 at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin. He was born October 13, 1935 in Batesville, Mississippi the son of John and Lovey Turner Fortner. He had been a resident of Elgin for 55 years and was employed by RCS in St. Charles before retiring. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Imanuel Baptist Church, Elgin. He was a member of The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 799, Elgin. Surviving are his wife, Susan Walton Fortner whom he married on December 23, 1960, daughter in law Lisa Fortner of Springfield, 2 granddaughter Jessie (Josh) Sipinski and Olivia Fortner, 2 great grandchildren, Brynn and Cole Sipinski and a sister, Edna Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Joseph W. Fortner in 2015 and a sister, Betty Fortner. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, May 26 at 6:30 PM at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin with Rev. Jack Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 PM until the time of the services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For information call 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com. 

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