Richard Lane Fortune

July 18, 1947February 20, 2019

Richard Lane Fortune passed away unexpectedly February 20, 2019 at the age of 71. Beloved brother of Nancy (Marshall) Green, Peggy (the late Scott) Soth, James (Barbara) Fortune, and the late John Fortune. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


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Dolores Bright

February 20, 2021

Dick and I were bridge partners for many years. We had the biggest game ever, over 75% in Plymouth. Our names were published in the American Contract Bridge Bulletin as are others who achieve a 75% game or better. It was an honor Dick. May you rest in peace.

David Linton

April 6, 2019

My deepest sympathies to Dick's loved ones, especially Peggy and Jim.
Dick and I were roommates for two years at MSU and played ACBL bridge tournaments for many years.
After we each married, Dick in 1972, myself in 1973, we hung out on occasional weekends (300 mile journey) and took a few camping vacations together.
On April 5th, I was looking up Dick's contact information when I learned of his passing. I was wanting to contact him after many years of not visiting - although we had been close for most of the 1960's and 1970's.
I felt shock and sorrow when I learned of his sudden passing.
Hoping you will heal from the good memories you have of Dick.
David Linton

Karen Dunnam

April 3, 2019

Looking through my photos taken at dances, Dick was always a presence. Here he is at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival in 2004.
I added the memorial service to AACMAD's Dance Calendar.
It's also on Facebook:

Nancy Becker Johnson

April 2, 2019

From your Northside and St Andrew's neighbors, Nancy, Anne, and John Becker. We are deeply saddened to learn of Dick's death and hope that you are comforted by the many memories that people have shared here.

We lived up the hill on Chandler when you lived on Barton Drive. Your parents and ours played bridge, our dad was a legal advisor to your dad, and Peggy and Nancy were occasionally tasked with keeping the three of us Becker kids in line. Dick and John and Anne and I were in Youth Group and confirmation class together; Dick and Gary Caskey made sure that there was always a good laugh as well as the more serious parts of our gatherings.

While I would occasionally see Dick out on his postal carrier rounds, after I came back to Ann Arbor 25 years ago, the image I will always have of him is from the 1965 Omega, the AAHS yearbook picture of the boys swim team. He will be young forever in my memory.
-- Nancy Becker (AAHS, '66) Johnson

Kelly Salchow MacArthur

March 17, 2019

What an outstanding friend and athlete Dick was! I met him at the Y, since we seemed to be on the fitness floor at the same time. From the beginning of our friendship, he consistently tried to convince me to go dancing. It was evident that he found much joy in his regular activities, and was anxious to share the fun with others. Before too long I was joining him (and the rest of his swim gang) in the pool on Sunday mornings. He set the workout, the pace, and the expectation of camaraderie and friendly competition. I was especially touched when I brought my 7 year old son some mornings to try and keep up with the group, and Dick and the gang kindly welcomed him. My son and Dick grew fond of each other over the past couple of years, and I think both their eyes lit up when they saw each other. I know I was so happy to see Dick on those early mornings—ensuring that I was about to get a great workout with a spunky friend, and leave in a great mood thanks to his infectious enthusiasm. I'm still swimming on Sunday mornings, but surely miss the spark he brought to the adventure.

Lisa Disch

March 17, 2019

Dick brought his joy and energy to many different kinds of communities throughout Ann Arbor. For years now, I have enjoyed his friendship in the swimming pool at the YMCA. Regularly, Sundays and Tuesdays (and the occasional Thursday) we swam side by side, often perfectly in synch (or so I am told by my friends who watched us from the ellipticals that overlook the pool), and always always faster together than we would ever be working out on our own. Dick was an amphibious calculator--he could figure out the split times we should aim for and reckon our day's yardage in an instant. He had a special talent for sparking friendly competition, whether this meant assigning the fast people an extra length on an interval swim, or inching just slightly ahead of me on the last length of a 200 or 100-yard swim. We miss him. I miss him. But I hear his voice in my ear every time I take to the water.

Sue Snowgold

March 17, 2019

I cared for Dick's mom for four years and became very familiar with him and his sibs. He was a very outgoing, passionate person, and enjoyed life to the fullest.
He participated in Triathalon events, and encouraged me to get healthy.
He was so warm and easy going. I was very sorry to learn he was no longer among us. I embrace you all: Nancy, Peggy and Jim.

Peace and love,

Jamie Saville

March 16, 2019

My condolences to Dick's family. What a terrible loss. I am in Dick's Sunday morning Y swim group. He was our swimming partner, and informal coach. He made us swim harder and with joy. I saw him nearly every morning at the Y. Now, when I see someone walking toward me down the hall at the Y, I instantly think it's Dick, and then, sadly, realize it cannot be. Our friend Kelly and I swam with him the Sunday before he died. I remember he was so happy. We had a great workout, many laughs, and a round of high five's. He made a comment about how he much improved his swim was after being joined by "two beautiful ladies." Ha. Tomorrow, 3/17/19, our swim buddies are gathering for brunch to celebrate his life. We miss him and need to grieve together. In addition, we are donating to the Ann Arbor YMCA's annual campaign in his memory. I have designated my contribution to the youth swim program. If we reach 1K, a banner will be placed in the pool area with his name on it. We will have no trouble reaching that goal! If you contact me, I can let you know when it is installed. We all agree that seeing his name everytime we breathe on that side, will motivate us to swim harder and with more joy. I will try to post a photo of the group tomorrow. Please stay in touch. Much love.

Yael Ganet

March 3, 2019

A wonderfully talented, kind and interesting friend to many of us, Dick was a gracious dance partner and spirited bicycling partner. Always planning ahead and welcoming to others. I do not want to believe he is gone in the way he was found. Unbelievable and hard to bear. May loving memories shield our community's grief and be a blessing for others' good deeds.

Dick Chase

February 25, 2019

Dick was a good friend and a special addition to the Forestbrooke neighborhood. I walk a lot for exercise, and I often encountered Dick, both in the neighborhood and at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center. If he was working in his garden, I’d stop and chat. We’d compare deer sightings in Sylvan Woods and discuss how to keep the trails in the park in good shape for walking. We’d speculate on schemes to most efficiently retain rain runoff in his garden or discuss the progress of his flowers, vegetables, and especially, his raspberries, from which he made jam. In summer evenings, I’d sometimes catch up with him while he was getting in the last of his 5000 steps, and we’d chat while we walked. He joined me on at least one occasion to attend the annual meeting of the Huron River Watershed Council. He came to my 75th birthday party. I was always impressed at how connected he had stayed with the community, through his dancing, his bridge playing, and his pickle ball. His dahlias, which I’d pick up from the vases he set out, graced our dining room in late summer and fall. On February 20 when I read an email that the city water system had sprung a leak in front of his house and saw the city crew arriving along Terhune and later leaving after making repairs, I drove by his house in late afternoon to see what had happened to his garden. Not knowing yet what else had happened on that Wednesday, I noted that he would be pleased that the digging was limited just to the street and tree lawn.