ORTALE, William P.Passed away at age 79 on May 21, 2010 after a year's valiant battle with cancer. Bill was born September 6, 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late S. Carl and Elizabeth Fusia Ortale. Preceded in death by his older brother, Carl Jr., he is survived by his wife and love of his life of 57 years, Jean Horner Ortale; his sister, Carla Ortale Hosler of St. Louis, and six wonderful children, Pat (Portia), Jim (Connie), Sev (Linda), Vic (J.T.) of Boston, Amelia Gesch of Atlanta and Buddy (Cynthia). Bill and Jean also have eight beautiful grandchildren, Will (Shelbye), Michael, Ford, Cayce and Seve Ortale, and Jennie, Mario and Billy Trujillo, all three of Atlanta. In 1952, Bill graduated with degrees in political science and chemistry from Hanover College in Hanover, IN, where he met Jean, who had transferred from Vanderbilt University to colonize an AOPi chapter. They were married in 1952 in Nashville, the same year he began law school at Vanderbilt. He graduated in 1955 and went to work as a claims adjustor with State Farm Insurance for eight years. In 1963, he left State Farm to practice law with Thos. O.H. Smith, Sr. and Jr. In 1971, he founded the law firm of Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Crawford with John W. Kelley, Jr., David B. Herbert and William H. Crawford, Jr. The firm today comprises over 50 people. Bill was a fellow in the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations, and was active in numerous industry and charitable organizations, including the Tennessee Defense Lawyers, the Vanderbilt Law School National Alumni Council, the Exchange Club of Nashville and the Jaycees. He was a member of Richland Country Club and a regular speaker and joke-teller with the World War II Club. Over the past 30 years, Bill and Jean traveled extensively to France, Italy, Russia and China. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by his family and all who knew him. Those who knew him well will not be surprised to learn that he never stopped telling jokes, even up to virtually his last labored breath. Visitation with the family will be held at St. Henry Church, 6401 Harding Road on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 4 p.m., followed by a brief Memorial service at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Friends of Warner Parks, St. Henry Church or Alive Hospice at 1718 Patterson Street. Guestbook www.crawfordservices.com CRAWFORD MORTUARY & CREMATORY, (615) 254-8200.
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Published in The Tennessean from May 22 to May 23, 2010