Donald E. Fortney
Donald E. Fortney, 86, of Edinburg passed away the morning of Nov. 7, 2019, at UPMC Jameson Hospital.
Born on Oct. 30, 1933, in New Castle, he was a son of John R. and Nell (Bowles) Fortney.
He was preceded in death on Jan. 30, 2011, by his wife of 47 years, Joycelyn (Toy) Fortney, whom he married on Aug. 10, 1963.
Donald attended New Castle High School and then went on to serve his country in the Army from 1956 to 1958 in the 108th Infantry, serving in Bremerhaven and Heidelberg, Germany.
Prior to his employment at the Lawrence County Courthouse, where he was a maintenance worker for 22 years, he worked as a bricklayer for 35 years at Shenango China.
A member of Edinburg Methodist Church, Mr. Fortney enjoyed camping and the outdoors, and especially loved time spent with his family.
He is survived by three daughters, Arlene Niglio (Peter) of Edinburg, Lori Grim (Mariusz) of Lordstown, Ohio, and Karen Kuchma (Andy) of Pulaski; two sons, John H. Fortney (Stacey) of Edinburg and Donald E. Fortney (Marcy) of Mahoningtown; a son-in-law, John Grim of Edinburg; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, and from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
A funeral service will take place at noon Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Josh Watts of City Church of New Castle officiating. Military rites will be performed by the New Castle Area Honor Guard.
Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in New Middletown, Ohio.
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Published on November 8, 2019


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Ginny Sundeen - Fortney
Nov 12, 2019
Uncle Donald was an uncle I wish I would’ve known. After reading all of the condolences, I’m finding out what a great man he was.
I’m sending my heartfelt condolences to all of the family. I’m truly sorry for your loss.
Keep the Faith and all of those wonderful memories.
All my love, GINNY
Douglas Genova
Nov 11, 2019
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Kelly Bozarth
Nov 10, 2019
My Heart goes out to all of you. My uncle Donny was a great man. I loved him dearly my deepest condolences to y’all. Love y’all so much 😭😭😭😭
Cheryl Wood
Nov 10, 2019
My heart breaks for each and everyone of you. You have my deepest sympathy. Uncle Donnie was a very kind person. He will be missed. May God Bless you and look after you. Rest in Peace.
Kimberly A Cofield
Nov 09, 2019
My heart is with each of you , We all loved Uncle Donnie , he was a Sweet, Kind, Honest , Gentle and Loving Man , he will be greatly missed, never forgotten! Rest in Heavenly Peace, all my Love , your niece Kimberly