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.