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Richard William Fortney

November 10, 1951 — September 15, 2023


Richard William Fortney

Fortney, Richard William, 71, Lewistown, passed away on Friday September 15, 2023, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born November 10, 1951, Lewistown, son of the late William R. and Edna J. (Pecht) Fortney. Survived by his wife, Connie (Boozel) Fortney; children, Angela Miner; and Melissa Freeberg, and husband, Todd; stepchildren, Rob Ritter; Suzanne Ritter and husband, Crist Stimley; and Mary Lee Rieffannacht and husband, Nelson; 6 grandchildren, Emily Orndorf, Erica Snyder, William Miner, Paige Whitsel, Katie Freeberg, and Gregory Freeberg; 4 step grandchildren, Cody Ritter, Elaine Ritter, Nelson Rieffannacht and Danielle Aumiller; and 14 great grandchildren; and a sister, Cindy Chilcote. Preceded in death by a wife, Patty (Beaver); son, William Fortney; step granddaughter, Sara Rieffannacht; brother Martin Pecht; brother-in-law, Walter Chilcote; and step daughter-in-law, Darla Ritter. Richard retired from Overhead Door. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and taking hunting trips with his many hunting buddies. Richard was an avid trap shooter and enjoyed shooting matches at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club. He liked to attend auctions and flea markets, camping and traveling north to Benezette to see the elk with his wife. A memorial service will held on Friday, September 22, 2023, at 7 p.m., at the Pine Glen Church of the Brethren, 61 Pine Glenn Rd, Lewistown, PA 17044, Pastor Connie Maclay officiant. Arrangements have been entrusted to Heath-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 61 E. Shirley St., Mount Union, “Honored Provider of Veterans Funeral Care™.” Condolences may be made at

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Friday, September 22, 2023

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Pine Glen Church of the Brethren

61 Pine Glenn Rd, Lewistown, PA 17044

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