COPLEY TWP -- Richard (Dick) Fortner, 80, of Copley, Ohio, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012 with family by his side.
He was born in Navarre, Ohio to Gilbert and Elizabeth Fortner and was President of the Navarre High Class of 1950. He earned a BS from Wilmington College and a MA from New Mexico University. His was as a career teacher and head football coach for 23 years at Randolph, Stow, Kenmore, and North High Schools where he turned struggling programs into championship teams. His outside interests included award-winning vegetable gardening, fruit trees, and hang gliding.
Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Glenn; he is survived by his wife, Lillian, of 60 years; children, Neil (Linda) Fortner, Sharon (Rick) Seitz, Lee (Sherry) Fortner, Dale (Debbie) Fortner, and Karen Fortner Boykin; 18 grandchildren; brother, Ray (Nancy) Fortner; sister-in-law, Linda Fortner; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Celebration of Life program will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012 promptly at 7 p.m. at 1391 State Rd., Wadsworth (The Chapel). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any First Merit Bank in the name of the Richard (Dick) Fortner Memorial Fund to benefit area football programs.