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George Fortun

George Raymond Fortun, a member of Holy Cross Church for 64 years who recently attended Masses at Assumption Village, died Jan. 17. He was 89.

Mr. Fortun was born March 4, 1924, in Anaconda, Mont., to Matt Fortun and Anne Marie Kolich. He attended St. Peter's Elementary and graduated from St. Peter's High School in Anaconda. After service in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1945, he returned to attend Carroll College in Butte, Mont., graduated from the University of Portland in 1950 and earned a Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark College. He sold heavy equipment for Allis-Chalmers and Star Machinery before beginning a long career with Farmers Home Mutual Insurance, retiring in 1989 as a regional vice president.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine Usselman Fortun, in 1970; second wife, Mary Owens Wiley Fortun, in 1994; parents; sister, Helen; brother, Matt of Anaconda; daughter, Kathleen (Don) Novak, Jordan, Minn.; son-in-law, Terry Allen; and three daughters who died at birth. He is survived by children, John (Amy) Wiley, Spokane; Karen (Patrick) Driscoll, Vancouver; Brigid Allen, Portland; Anne (Harry) Sibley, Vancouver; Kristen (Jack) Hammonds, Steilacoom, Wash.; James (Julie) Wiley, Scappoose; Kathi (Spence) Johnston, Portland; and Mike (Mary) Wiley, Portland; brothers, Leonard, Beaverton, and Ed, Woodburn; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous neices and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Holy Cross Parish. A rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Cross School or Holy Cross St. Vincent de Paul Society. 

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