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ROBERT J. FORTMAN Robert J. Fortman, 81, of Kennewick, Wa. passed away on December 23rd, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bob graduated from Central Catholic High School and Purdue University as a Chemical Engineer and served four years in the U.S. Army. After retiring from Weyerhaeuser, he moved to the Tri Cities and fell in love with the beautiful grasses, wild flowers, and the people of the area. He became involved with the Master Gardeners, the Native Plant Society, and other nature organizations. He loved going on nature hikes and leading them whenever the opportunity presented itself. Robert was a good man, a great husband, and a loyal friend. He is survived by his beloved wife, JoAnn; daughter, Monica Fortman of Frederick. Md; sister, Marilyn Peters of Kendalville, Ind.; and sister-in-law, Kay Fortman of Larwill, Ind.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Jan. 18, 2017
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