GERMANTOWN HILLS - Richard C. Fortson, 71, of Germantown Hills passed away at 1:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at his residence.
Richard was born on Sept. 17, 1942, in Peoria to Shandy and Virgie M. (Bradford) Fortson. He married Anna R. Rice on May 26, 1973, in Peoria.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years; his son, Ross (Phyllis) Fortson of East Peoria; his daughter, Amanda (Nick) Donald of Washington; three grandchildren, Emery, Cameron and Adriene; one niece; and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Charlotte Baior.
Richard graduated from Manual High School and Bradley University, where he received a bachelor's degree in fine arts.
He served in the Air Force during Vietnam.
He was a commercial artist. He worked at Caterpillar Inc. as a technical illustrator. He also was the co-owner of Technical Publication Associates, where he retired in 2004.
Richard was a man of many talents and interests. He loved working on his cars in his garage and spending time at his cabin. He also created many original works of art, most often with wood.
He was a kind-hearted man who enjoyed his family and always put other people first.
Special thanks to Heartland Home Health, ERS and Methodist Hospice for their care.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at First Federated Church of Peoria. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, also at First Federated Church of Peoria. Pastor Frosty Krummel will officiate. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service. Burial of ashes will be in Springdale Cemetery at a later date. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the ALS Association of IL, 220 W. Huron St., Suite 4003, Chicago, IL 60654.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.
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