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A Celebration of Life for Dr. F. William Ortolf will take place Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 3 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Rev. Ron Pfeiffer will preside. Born April 20, 1926 to the late Franz and Helen (MacCadden) Ortolf, Dr. Ortolf joined his beloved wife, Alice in Heaven on June 6, 2016. Bill, as he was affectionately known, graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1944 and joined the U.S. Navy June 10, 1944. He served on the USS Colusa and the USS Enterprise during World War II. Upon his discharge, Bill attended Alderson-Broadus College, now University, in Philippi W.V. He also attended Crozer Theological Seminary, where he received his Master's Degree in Theology and Trinity Theological Seminary where Bill was awarded his Doctor of Theology Degree.
Dr. Ortolf began his ministerial career at Berean Baptist Temple, Bridgeton NJ, and then moved to the First Baptist Church of Youngstown, Ohio. Bill served the American Baptist Convention of Connecticut as Director of Christian Eduction and Director of camping at Connecticut Baptist Camp Wightman. He also served the same position with the American Baptist Convention of New Jersey.
Bill embarked on a second career serving as the eighth-grade English teacher for the Mountainside, NJ school district. For 23 years, Doctor Ortolf inspired hundreds of young minds to set and reach their goals in life. During this time, Dr. Ortolf also held interim ministerial duties at various churches around the state of NJ.
Upon retirement, Bill and Alice relocated to Hernando, FL, where Bill became instrumental in the development of the Pastoral Care Department at Citrus Memorial Hospital, a position he held for 16 years. Bill, or "Doc" as he soon became known by, was involved with the Daylight Lodge #46 of Floral City, the Citrus Shrine Club Egypt Temple, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, BPOE #2522 of Inverness.
Dr. Ortolf was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Helen McCoy and Marie Guillory and his wife Alice. Survivors include Bill's daughter Ruth and son-in-law Kerry Edwards; Numerous nieces and nephews; his "best buddy" Kaiden and granddogs Bijou and Daisy.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 or The Honor Flight of West Central Florida PO Box 55661, St. Petersburg, FL 33732. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneral Home.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper Funeral Homes and Crematory.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from June 12 to June 13, 2016
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