Jack Sterling Fort (1927 - 2017)

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Jack Sterling Fort, 90, Red Oak, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Red Oak.
Jack S. Fort, the son of Francis "Ted" and Gladys (Keim) Fort, was born Oct. 1, 1927, at Red Oak.
Jack was raised in Red Oak and while in high school entered the U.S. Navy on Nov. 23, 1944. He was honorably discharged July 19, 1946, returned to Red Oak and graduated from Red Oak High School. Jack was united in marriage to Dolores Swanson on Oct. 26, 1947, in Red Oak. He began working at Red Oak Machine with his father and brother, and later became co-owner.
Jack retired in 1989, after 43 years with Red Oak Machine. Jack and Dolores enjoyed traveling in their motorhome and the nine winters they spent in Arizona. Jack enjoyed listening to classical music, but his most important hobby and love was his family. Jack was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Welders Association.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty Crowe and husband Jim, and Joyce Gesiriech; brother, William Fort; and brother-in-law; Richard Carlson.
Jack is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dolores Fort of Red Oak; daughter, Cynthia Richards of Council Bluffs; son, David (Brenda) Fort of Council Bluffs; five grandchildren, Julia (Craig) Krapfl, Chris (Jenni) Richards, Michelle Barta, Joshua (Larissa) Fort and Courtney Fort; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Carlson of Oak Grove, Mo.; and brother-in-law, Rollin Gesiriech of Urbandale; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
May God bless his memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Funeral Service was held Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home. Burial with military rites was at Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak.
Memorials may be directed to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at sldfuneralhome.com
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Red Oak Express on Nov. 28, 2017