William Dennis (Bill) Fortuna passed away suddenly on January 17, 2013.
Bill was born to parents Jack and Edie Fortuna on March 28, 1947 in Smith Center, Kansas. The family relocated to Lodi with these 3 small boys - Jack, Bill, and Tom. Bill graduated from Lodi High School, and then he was proud to serve his country in Vietnam.
Bill started his career at Super Mold in Lodi. He later began employment at Pacific Coast Producers, Can Manufacturing Division where he was eventually promoted to a mechanic. PCP later became Silgan Container Corp. in Sacramento, from which he retired in 2009.
He loved spending time with his wife Linda, daughter Lori, and her boyfriend Ty Kneeland. He filled his additional hours working on his hot rod, building it from bare frame to a red masterpiece. Bill and Linda enjoyed entering and attending many classic car shows throughout California. They were members of the Lost Rods Car Club. His garage was the site of many hours spent visiting with friends and neighbors or working on projects.
Bill is survived by his wife of 40 years Linda, daughter Lori Fortuna, Tyrell Kneeland, and "grandpets" Tini and Tyson. Additionally, he is survived by his brothers Jack (Ann) Fortuna of Santa Barbara and Tom Fortuna of Stockton, mother-in-law Josie Quenzer, brother-in-law David (Laura) Quenzer, sisters-in-laws Diane Thomas and Valerie (Michael) McFee and cousins Sylvia (Herb) Rosen and Mikki (Rich) O'Sabean. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill is preceded in death by his father Jack Fortuna, mother Edie (Fortuna) Walz, stepfather Harold Walz, and beloved German Shepherd Squeekie.
There will be no visitation and inurnment will be private. Friends and family will be invited to gather for a Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to P.A.L.S. Animal Shelter, 1040 W. Kettleman Ln., #379 Lodi, CA 95240.
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