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Obituary: Harlan F. Fortmeyer, Hot Springs Village, Ark.


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Harlan F. Fortmeyer, 90, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013, at a local hospital. Harlan was born on a farm in Fairview, Kansas, on August 31, 1923, to Walter and Emma (Bolte) Fortmeyer. His father died a year later and his mother brought him and his brother back to Indiana. He attended St. Peter’s Lutheran School and after high school he and his family moved to a farm near Jonesville.

Elsie was born on a farm near Jonesville, Indiana, and attended S.t Paul’s Lutheran School and Columbus High School. Elsie met Harlan in 1947 and they were married at St. Paul’s in Jonesville on February 19, 1950.

They lived on a farm until March 1961, when they were forced to move for the construction of Interstate 65. They moved to a dairy garm in Shelby County where they raised registered Jerseys. Their two sons, Steven and David,  were in 4-H and showed in Jersey shows in county, district, state and national shows. All the family were active members of the Indiana Jersey Cattle Club for many years. Both boys worked and lived in Shelbyville, Indiana. Elsie worked at the Kroger Store in Shelbyville as a cashier and in the office until moving to their home on Lake Pineda, Arkansas, in March 1989. Both enjoyed the lake, Hot Springs Village, and the Arkansas Mountains very much.

Harlan is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elsie; his two sons, Steven (Dinah) Fortmeyer and David Fortmeyer; four grandchildren, Christopher, Linsey, Casey, and Joyce; one great-grandchild, Josie; four nephews, Bill, Tim, Phillip and Trimpe; and one niece, Dorcas.

Visitation will be Monday, December 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., with the funeral service starting at 1:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Hot Springs Village. Burial will be at CedarVale Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent in honor of Harlan to Faith Lutheran Memorial Fund at 1196 DeSoto Blvd., Hot Springs Village, AR 71909.

Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home.

Online guestbook/obituary at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com.

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