Michael D. Fortney | Obituary



BLOOMINGTON – Michael D. Fortney, 69, of Bloomington, died on September 11, 2021. He was born on June 2, 1952 in Bloomington, IL to Millard and JoAnne (Weicht) Fortney and married the love of his life, Hope Towner in Colfax on July 8, 1972. She survives.

Her son is also surviving: Michael Fortney; sister: Diane Morin; brother: Pat (Mary) Fortney of Normal; brothers-in-law: Donnie (Diane), Byron (Kelli) and Tim Towner; nieces and nephews: Emily Morin, Zach (Mélany) Morin, Katie (John Baader) Fortney, Allison (Malek) Gentry, Jamie Towner, Matt Towner, Megan Ferricher, Shelby Gearhart; and 10 grandnieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents.

Michael “Mike” graduated from Normal Community High School in 1970 and attended Illinois State University. His interest in construction drew him to the brick masonry business. In June 1991, Mike teamed up with Springfield native Mark Barnett and created Illinois Prairie Masonry. Mike retired in 2010 and the business continues today. He was a true craftsman and loved stimulating designs.

Mike’s interests were numerous, but he was heavily involved with trains and the Illinois Traction Society. He was a long-time member and served on the board of directors, which continued the history of the old Illinois rail terminal. Mike has spent many hours restoring the Mackinaw Terminal and, more recently, Union Station.

Mike was a friend to many throughout his life and always had stories to share. He worked hard all his life and took care of those there, including his beloved dogs. Mike was a kind and generous man and made those who crossed his path better. He will be sorely missed.

The entombment will take place at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, with immediate family only. A visit will take place on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., so all of Mike’s extended family, friends and neighbors can celebrate his life.

Memorial contributions can be made to: McLean County Humane Society, McLean County Historical Society, or Illinois Traction Society to help preserve the history of the Illinois Terminal Railroad.


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