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Gary L Fortner

July 22, 1944 ~ April 3, 2019 (age 74)

Gary L. Fortner, 74 of Ashville, OH passed away at home on Wed. April 3, 2019.  Gary was born on July 22, 1944 to the late Charles Wm. “Bill” and Pearl (Fausnaugh) Fortner in Circleville, OH.  Gary was a member of the last graduating Class in 1962 from Ashville High School and had owned and operated along with his brother Chet, Fortner Auto Supply.  Gary was a member of Zion United Methodist Church, 32° Mason of Groveport Lockbourne Lodge, Aladdin Shrine and numerous Fraternal organizations.  He was a retired Volunteer EMT/Firefighter from Harrison Twp. Fire Dept. and enjoyed going to make coffee at South Bloomfield Speedway.  

Gary is survived by wife of 54 years Gretchen K. (Hott) Fortner; daughters Penny (Chris) Dawson of Ashville, Patricia (Thomas) Schindler of Columbus and Pearl (Everett) Thompson of Dublin; grandchildren Stevie, Caleb, Eva, Ella, Audrey, Isaac; great grandson Jayce; brother Chester (Arlene) Fortner and William Fortner of Ashville; numerous nephews and nieces.  Gary is also preceded in death by sister-in-law Patricia.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 8 p.m. on Fri. April 5th at Oliver-Cheek Funeral Home, 420 W. Main St. Ashville 43103. Funeral Service will be on Sat. April 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Village Chapel Church, 30 Circleville Ave. Ashville 43103 with Pastor Ty Myers and Pastor Kevin Pees officiating.  Interment will follow at Reber Hill Cemetery in Ashville.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:  Zion United Methodist Church, 42 Plum St. Ashville, OH 43103 or ASHAC, 1801 Gateway Circle, Grove City, OH 43123.  Online condolences at


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