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“Jen, I cannot imagine what you are going through. These words are insufficient, but I wanted to extend support and positive energy to you and your...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Nick Moless - Felton, CA

“I was saddened to hear about Bill's passing. He was one of the most honorable persons I had dealt with while working at the IHB Riverdale/Acme...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Cheryl Miller (retired Acme Continental CU) - IN

“My deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis Dean - Dyer, IN - Coworker

“Peace and love to Jen, the boys and family and friends all dealing with this great loss. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Carieann Boyd-Small - Munster, IN

“Jen, I'm heavy hearted over our loss. I want you to know that Bill will always have a special place in my heart and I will continue to pray for you...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Victor Roman Sr - Portage, IN

“Jen...We are so sorry to hear this sad news......keeping you and your family in our prayers ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Kurt and Katharina Negele - IN

“Our deepest sympathy to the family. You are in our hearts and thoughts. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Jackie and Dave Howard

“I am so sorry for this loss Jen. Out thoughts are with you and the boys. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Elisa Griffin - Cedar lake, IN

“So very sorry for your loss Jen and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers...James ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: James Bible - Clemson, SC

“My deepest sympathy to your family at this extremely difficult and painful time. I am a neighbor to Bill's mom/dad Diane & Bruce Merrick. We serve...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Becky Plantinga - Crown Point, IN

“Jen, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your boys at this time. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Kelly Donohoe - Homewood, IL

“So sorry Jen, for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your boys and your entire extended family. With you in spirit. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: John and Nancy Durajczyk - GA

“My condolences to Bill's family. I had the pleasure of working with Bill for many years. He was truly a kind soul and never had a bad thing to say....Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Jeff Barks - Hammond, IN

“Prayers to you and your boys Jen. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Amy Felton - Friend

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William George Fortener born May 20, 1972 at St. Catherine's Hospital unexpectedly passed away December 30, 2018 at 46 years young leaving behind his wife of 18 years, Jennifer (nee Eichensehr) Fortener; 2 sons, Nate and Noah; mother, Diane (Bruce) Merrick; sister, Cassandra (James) Schmidt; niece, Kaylin Schmidt; mother-in-law, Paula (nee Dowling, Phil) Grede; brother-in-law, Jeffrey (Sharon) Eichensehr; 2 nieces, Melanie and Lucy Veron; in addition to 2 half sisters, Megan and Hayley Fortener; step-mother, Susan Fortener; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and life-long friends. He is preceded in death by his father, James Fortener; father-in-law, David Eichensehr; and his grandparents.
Friends may meet with the family on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2 to 7 pm at Burdan Funeral Home 12901 Wicker Ave Cedar Lake, IN. A celebration of life will be held at 6:30 pm.
Bill was a Munster High School graduate and long time employee of Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad. Bill was humble, a kind soul, and most of all he was true to himself. He was a great cook, Grateful Dead fan, Star Wars fan, and loved to build Legos with his boys. He loved to visit National Parks whenever possible.