Thomas Robert Fortune

Thomas Robert Fortune

April 14, 1935 – September 4, 2021

Thomas R. Fortune, 86, of Omaha, NE, passed away on September 4th, 2021, surrounded by family after fighting Covid-19. He is survived by wife of 60 years, Lucile (Wolff); children: Kathy Moritz (Dave), Christy Baty (Loren), Rob, Pat (Patty), Tim, and Kelly Rodgers (Dave); siblings: Paula Gallup (Bill), Michael (Julie), Richard (Rosalee), Jim (Chris), and Mary Rowe (Roger); 14 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Robert and Evarista (Collins) Fortune; daughter, Victoria; and son, Kevin.

VISITATION: Thursday, September 9th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:  Friday, September 10th at 10am, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 20500 W. Maple Road in Elkhorn.  Entombment: Calvary Mausoleum.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Patrick Catholic Church of Elkhorn; The SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Foundation, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Thomas was born in Dowagiac, Michigan on April 14, 1935, to Robert and Evarista (Collins) Fortune.  He was oldest of six children.  After his family moved around the U.S. for his father’s military career, they settled in Omaha.  Tom attended St. Margaret Mary, Creighton Prep, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

Tom started at Federal Envelope Company shortly after graduation.  He met his future wife, Lucile, in 1960 and asked her to marry him on April Fool’s Day.  They married on November 5, 1960.  Tom joined the Army Reserves working up the ranks to Colonel through his 31 years. Many family vacations were planned around Tom’s 2-week summer camps in their Buick station wagon.

Tom and Lucile were active in the Lake Manawa Sailing and Ak-Sar-Ben Curling Clubs for years.  He enjoyed golf, attending the Notre Dame Football games, the Omaha Playhouse, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. In retirement, Tom continued volunteering at the Airport Information Desk and the Kiwanis Club.

Tom will be dearly missed by all who knew and deeply loved him.






  • Jim and Christine Fortune Posted September 6, 2021 2:36 pm

    A great family man and an honorable business man no brother better

  • Lewis Parent & Malou Parent Posted September 6, 2021 7:54 pm

    May God Bless you dear friend, and may He provide peace for your loved ones.

  • Pam Pozzi Posted September 6, 2021 8:27 pm

    Tom and Mother are saying their rosaries before each Notre Dame game! I loved his enthusiasm of life and love of family! Prayers for the Fortune family. 🙏🙏

  • Mary Lyons Posted September 6, 2021 10:03 pm

    Dear Fortune family,
    I have so many memories of 57th Ave and a good chunk include your family. I always thought of Tom whenever I saw an MG! I am sorry for your loss and knowing how close a family you are, I’m sure this has rocked your world. Please know I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mary Lyons

  • Dennis and Nanette Thweatt Posted September 7, 2021 6:43 am

    You know we love you all

  • Richard E Bozarth Posted September 7, 2021 11:30 am

    Save me a seat. I’ll be praying for you in the meantime.

  • Paul Fortune Posted September 7, 2021 5:46 pm

    My favorite uncle. I’m glad we had the Notre Dame Football talks and emails over the past two years. I’m going to miss them talks tremendously. Our player had two sacks and a would have been touchdown on defense in a game that got too close for comfort.

  • Barbara Elliott Posted September 9, 2021 7:34 am

    I enjoyed meeting you Lucille and Tom at the Armbrust YMCA at Aqua Zumba.. always talking football and people we knew.. What a wonderful life you had with your wonderful family. God bless you all!
    Sincere regards,

  • Carol (Gard) Ash, Ken and Shirley Gard Posted September 9, 2021 4:27 pm

    We are so sorry my parents cannot be there in person to be with you Lucile and your wonderful family. It’s such a hard time for them. They will be watching and are with you in spirit as you celebrate such a wonderful husband, father and friend. So many precious memories of fun and laughter between you two and my parents. I remember many nights as we watched TV in a bedroom only to have sounds of laughter coming from the front room drown out the volume as you all enjoyed each others company. I also remember those family vacations planned around summer camp. What a great time! I’m sure Tom was welcomed with open arms in heaven where Notre Dame always wins, the golf game is always top notch and he is surrounded by the love of family and friends here and in heaven. Always in our hearts and minds forever. Heaven truly gained a special angel.

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