EAST PEORIA - Edward E. Ortman Jr., 81, of East Peoria passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at his residence.
Edward was born on Dec. 8, 1932, to Edward Sr. and Clara Quam Ortman in Madison, Wis. He married Carol Kruckenberg on June 8, 1957, in Edgerton, Wis. She survives.
Also surviving are his three sons, Danny Ortman of Bartonville, Tom (Linda) Ortman of Seymour, Tenn., and Robert Ortman of East Peoria; siblings, Donna Clark, Sonia Tomlin, Sharon Manthey, Judy Woyak, Terry Ortman, Monte Ortman and Margit Pearson; seven grandchildren, Danyelle, John, Joseph, Caleb, Michael, Andrew and Jacob; one great-grandson, Bradley Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Gale Ortman and Marc Ortman.
Edward was a 1951 graduate of Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Wis. After graduating he continued to farm alongside his father in Cooksville, Wis. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he and Carol owned and operated Cooksville General Store.
For many years prior to his retirement, Edward was the general manager of the Holiday Inn hotel chain throughout the Midwest.
Edward was a member of St. Monica's Catholic Church in East Peoria. He was also a member of the East Peoria Rotary Club in the early 1980s.
He loved spending time fishing, hunting and staying in his cabin in Wisconsin. Edward was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and animal lover, especially to his loyal dogs.
A funeral Mass will be held for Edward on Monday, July 21, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Monica's Catholic Church. Father Julius Turyatoranwa will officiate. There will be a visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria, where recitation of the rosary will be at 3:45 p.m. There will also be a visitation a half hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Interment will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Monica's Church or St. Monica's Food Pantry.
Edward's memorial website can be found at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where online condolences may also be sent to the family.