Arnie Fortman, 57, of Decorah, died Monday, April 28, 2014, in Dubuque, from injuries he suffered from an unfortunate truck roll-over accident in a rock quarry. A Mass Of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, with Rev. Phil Gibbs and Rev. Dan Knipper officiating. Organist was Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor was Cindy Schissel. Hymns were “Here I am, Lord,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Hosea” and “You are Mine.” Lector was Vicki Fortman. Offertory giftbearers were Kurt Fortman, Angie Storck, Amy Taylor and Kristen Fortman. Eucharistic ministers were Sharon Christopher and Helen Kappes. Casketbearers were Randy Nefzger, Danny Nefzger, Mark Nefzger, Ed Wulfekuhle, Steve Wulfekuhle and Mike Fortman. Interment was at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.

Arnold Joseph “Arnie” Fortman was born Dec. 7, 1956, the son of Omer and Lois (Gudenkauf) Fortman in Platteville, Wis.Arnie attended grade school in Lamont and Earlville Elementary School. He graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School in 1975, in Delhi. He was united in marriage to Janet Mensen January 24, 1976, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Manchester.  Together they farmed near Manchester for two years, before moving to Decorah in 1978 and buying the farm northwest of Burr Oak. Over the years, Arnie worked for Deco Products, as a security guard at Luther College, a blaster for Olson Explosives and operated Arnie’s Custom Catering. He drove truck -- hauling grain, hauling for Agri Processors and, for the last five years, worked at Bruening Rock Products. Arnie enjoyed many things and had many talents. He enjoyed archery, trap shooting, stained glass, re-loading his own shells, hunting, fishing, making his own jigs, metal detecting, coin collecting, making scrapbooks of his own hunting and fishing photos, canoeing, camping and winter trips to Texas. He just liked having fun. Above everything else, Arnie loved his wife, his children and especially his grandchildren. Arnie was a former member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Bluffton.

Arnie is survived by his wife, Janet Fortman, Decorah; four children: Angie (Jesse) Storck, Adel; Kurt (Jennifer) Fortman, Marquette; Amy (Derek) Taylor, Fort Atkinson; and Kristen Fortman, Overland Park, Kan.; seven grandchildren: Nicole, Kelli and Daniel Storck, Justin and Logan Fortman, Evan and Owen Taylor; his parents, Omer and Lois Fortman, Manchester; four siblings: Donna (Calvin) Gibbs, Hopkinton,; Karen (Gary) Kruse, Dyersville; Kenny (Vicki) Fortman, Manchester; and Roger Fortman, Manchester;  brothers- and sisters-in-law: Jim (Jeanette) Mensen, Decorah; Agnes (Don) Burns, Davenport; Carolyn (Allen) Wilson, Manchester; Joyce (Ron) Wendt, Wyoming; Donna (Bill) Thomson, Manchester; Sandy (Bob) Kass, Epworth; Bill (Lisa) Mensen, Manchester; Diane (Mike) Even, Worthington; Teresa Mensen, Manchester; and Ruth (Al) Boge, Manchester; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews and friends.

Arnie was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ambrose and Mary Ann (Engelken) Mensen.