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Chapel Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

8701 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK

OBITUARY

Ted H. Fortmann, M.D.

July 16, 1934August 7, 2019
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Theodore Henry Fortmann, 85, left this earth peacefully, to return home on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Ted was born in Oklahoma City, OK, on July 16, 1934 to Anton and Annisa Fortmann.

In 1955, Ted met the love of his life, Sally Scott and were married for 55 years. They later went on to start a family with the births of their children, Annisa, Scott, and Julie. Throughout his lifetime, Ted enjoyed bicycling, photography, mountain climbing, fishing, movies, and ultimately, sailing. His time spent residing at Lake Texoma was anything but short of sailboat racing. He was a proud member of the Caney Creek Yacht Club, Lake Hefner Oklahoma City Yacht Club, and Toastmasters. But above all his time spent on hobbies, Ted cherished his time spent with his family the most; whether that be the community of Okarche, Yukon, Surrey Hills, Kingston, or Piedmont, there was never a stranger in Ted’s life.

Ted received his degree in pharmacy in 1958, and later returned school to go on to earn his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. He practiced family medicine for over fifty years in the state of Oklahoma. In 1981, Ted, alongside the Oklahoma Knights of Columbus, founded the Center Family Love in Okarche, OK. The organization brought a warm and loving environment for intellectually disabled adults. Ted’s daughter, Julie, was one among the first forty-eight residents in 1981. He is preceded in death by his father, Anton “Tom” Fortmann; mother, Annisa (Craiker) Fortmann; wife, Sally (Scott) Fortmann; daughter, Julie Rene Fortmann.

Ted is survived by his daughter, Annisa Mueggenborg and husband, Jerry, of Yukon, OK; son, Scott Fortmann and wife, Nancy, of Okarche, OK; grandchildren, Jessica McCollough and husband, Michael, of Yukon, OK, Josh Mueggenborg and wife, Jamie, Audrey Benge and husband, Robert, of Phoenix, AZ, Alex Merveldt, Barbara Collins and husband, AJ, of Okarche, OK; great grandchildren, Nate, Haleigh, Remi, Olivia, Brailyn, Brynlee, Bentlee, Dabney Rose, Eva, Koda, Kade, Kaulder; and cousins, John Bumpus and Richard Craiker.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8701 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73162. In honor of Ted’s life, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John of Nepomuk Catholic Church, 600 S. Garth Brooks Blvd., Yukon, OK 73099.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Center of Family Love, 635 W. Texas Ave., Okarche, OK 73762.

  • FAMILY

  • Anton Marie Fortmann, Father (deceased)
  • Annisa Fortmann, Mother (deceased)
  • Sally Fortmann, Wife (deceased)
  • Julie Rene Fortmann, Daughter (deceased)
  • Annisa Mueggenborg, Daughter
  • Jerry Mueggenborg, Son-in-law
  • Scott Fortmann, Son
  • Nancy Fortmann, Daughter-in-law
  • Jessica McCollough, Granddaughter
  • Michael McCollough, Grandson-in-law
  • Josh Mueggenborg, Grandson
  • Jamie Mueggenborg, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Audrey Benge, Granddaughter
  • Robert Benge, Grandson-in-law
  • Barbara Collins, Granddaughter
  • AJ Collins, Grandson-in-law
  • Alex Merveldt, Grandchild
  • Nate McCollough, Great Grandchild
  • Haleigh McCollough, Great Grandchild
  • Remi McCollough, Great Grandchild
  • Olivia McCollough, Great Grandchild
  • Dabney Rose Benge, Great Grandchild
  • Eva Benge, Great Grandchild
  • Koda Collins, Great Grandchild
  • Kade Collins, Great Grandchild
  • Kaulder Collins, Great Grandchild
  • Brailyn Mueggenborg, Great Grandchild
  • Brynlee Mueggenborg, Great Grandchild
  • Bentlee Mueggenborg, Great Grandchild
  • John Bumpus, Cousin
  • Richard Craiker, Cousin
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jeff Berry
  • Arnold Griesel
  • Keith Griesel
  • Bryan Schulhoff
  • Jeff Schulhoff
  • Steve Smith
  • Steve Adler, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steve Brandley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • John Bumpus, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dane Bumpus, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Richard Craiker , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tom McAboy, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 10, 2019

Memories

Ted H. Fortmann, M.D.

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Christopher CraikerAIA

August 19, 2019

I’m Chris Craiker, son of Samuel Craiker, brother of Annisa Fortmann, and rose and Leo. I think I’m the last of the Craikers on the West Coast. Sam and Agnes moved from OK about 1933-34 to Los Angeles to Write for the studios, but that never happened. We made periodic trips to OK to see the Fortmanns. They were always so gracious and kind. Tom continue to keep us alert and involved. We will miss him.

Father Rex Arnold

August 13, 2019

"Preserve the warmth of the family, because the warmth of the world cannot make up for it." So said St. Sharbel, the great Lebanese saint who was known for his holy wisdom & life of prayer. He said the human family on earth, is the image of the Holy Family in heaven. The family passes on the plan of God from one generation to another. It transmits the love & word of God through the generations. Well if you look at this family here today, that old mystic monk Sharbel just might have been right. Whether you're Lebanese, German, Scotch Irish or a Heinz 57 mix, he says that the family is the rope that binds them through time connecting them to the Lord's plan that impresses the image of God in them. It's obvious that Ted & Sally's families both came from strong Christian traditions because together they left this incredible gift of faith to their children & grandchildren & great grandchildren. Several days ago Ted raised up his head, in a room surrounded by a very large (& varied body types) of family members & looking around at everyone he said, this is my legacy. This statement is even more profound when you consider the lives effected beyond the circle of this large family & many friends that have been impacted by Dr. Fortmann. If ever there was a man who knew how to be a giver of joy, a giver of healing, & a giver of love it was Dr. Grandpa Ted.

Father Rex Arnold

August 13, 2019

He figured out fairly early on in life that to live the beatitudes that we just heard in the Gospel of Matthew, was the best way to live, not the easiest, but the most fulfilling way to join the band of the Blesseds'.

1) Blessed are they who realize they are rich in relationships & not in bank accounts

2) Blessed are the humble who keep their head down in gratitude & prayer to God.

3) Blessed are those who mourn the evils of this world because they know that the Lord Jesus carries them to the comfort of the heavenly kingdom.

4) Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for justice especially against the weak & the vulnerable of society.

5) Blessed are they who do corporal & spiritual works of mercy. Especially if you're a Catholic Doctor.

6) Blessed are the pure of heart because they can see God in the suffering & the sick.

7) Peacemakers are Blessed because they help restore friendships between men & God.

8) And the 8th Beatitude, Blessed are those who are persecuted with ingratitude for doing the right thing because they will receive a new kind of blessing from God.

When Ted embarked on this 8th Beatitude I'm sure there was plenty of pushback & nay sayers. The Center of Family Love was unfortunately, a new concept in Oklahoma. People with family members who had physical or mental disabilities were often relegated to mental wards, or asylums & all too often forgotten. Ted was a medical doctor. But he also knew healing takes place in other ways besides just physical. I suspect his daughter Julie taught him that. Often it is the members of our human family that can't even speak that teach us the most on how to love. Even the name, The Center of Family Love, is a sermon. It speaks volumes about what every family is to be about. Love should be at the center of every family, just as St. Sharbel said.

Father Rex Arnold

August 13, 2019

And it should be the legacy passed down from generation to generation, including the imperfect among us, even if we get persecuted for it. That's the special blessing we saw in Ted. That's the special blessing we all get when we learn that healing is not just about medicine, but about mercy. Doctors practice medicine, but we can all do mercy. Practicing medicine can heal the body, but doing spiritual works of mercy can heal the soul, especially ours, when we help others. Another saint who is not in scripture but in other ancient sacred writings was the grandmother of Jesus, St. Anne. St. Anne taught her daughter Mary, to read scripture & to do works of mercy, so that when her son was falsely accused & condemned to death, she didn't question God, she persevered & trusted that something good would come from it. And it did. A Resurrection always comes after suffering, for those who believe.
And so the sting of Ted's dying is overshadowed by the special blessing that God has in store for his eternity. As they say, when you act like God, you get to feel like God. Well Ted was a renaissance man, a healer of body's, a giver of joy, & a heart of gratitude for all things, even the cross that he carried. And so now, as we watch his sailboat disappear out of view on the horizon, he is welcomed by Sally & Julie and a whole hosts of family & fans, angels & saints, cheering him on to the other side. And so Ted now joins his prayers to the desires of Jesus that says, it's time for you to pass on the legacy. Not his, but the Lord's. It's your turn to Go be Jesus & be a healer of souls & a worker of mercy & join the Legacy of Blesseds.

John Bumpus

August 13, 2019

Dear Fortmann Family,

My brother's gone.

You all may not know how very close Ted & I have been, all our lives. Not necessarily physically close in later years. But we were raised together & cared for by our Grandmother while our Mothers were working. We shared many adventures as children & adults. It took quite a while for both of our career-minded independent thinking Mothers to get around to actually having children. Since Ted & I were each the only child & a "boy" we might have been considered as being 'spoiled'. I'm sure Sally would agree. I know Sug does.

John Bumpus

August 13, 2019

When we were kids, most of our trips included Aunt Annisa, Uncle Tom, my Mother Rosie, & Dad, Jack. On the way to wherever, the folks always wanted to get to their destination. No wanting to stop again, they gave us a coke bottle, for ... you know. We thought that was great. One of our favorite trips was when I flew us all, including Sally & Sug, up to Las Vegas in a Beach Baron, for a gambling weekend. We flew near the Grand Canyon & only did one loop on the way. Ted didn't gamble really, but he was willing to go & he appreciated the good booze & great food & of course, the scenery. Oh yes, & the great company. I don't think this was the trip when he had his bright red luggage stolen. That was another time. Thank goodness for Walmart!

John Bumpus

August 13, 2019

I traveled quite a bit, of course, & it was a great coincidence that Ted was in Long Beach, California when I was there on a company flight. Well, we're in California! There's water right there! So never mind dress shoes, shirt & tie, we rented a little boat & went sailing. I learned "hard to lee" that day. I learned more about sailing each time I went out on a boat with Ted. And I always got wet. A more recent "Ted & John Great Adventure", a few years ago, was the Train Trip from Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon. But first we had to drive to Williams from Phoenix. Ted's driving scared the heck out of me, I am sorry to say. For sure, he was his Mother's son. I tried & tried to convince him that I would help with the driving, but he was insistent that he drive the whole trip. He actually drove most of it, up & back. Still scary. Before the train ride up to the Canyon, we watched a gunfight at the train station & witnessed a train robbery on the way back. We took lots of pictures & had a great time. There were many more times we shared. Big & little. Some when we were younger & a few when we were older. My Sugie & Sheryl will be attending the services, representing me & the rest of the Bumpas & Schadt families who cannot be there. If there were any way I could come to be with you all, I would. And, although I am not there in person, I am with you all in spirit.

I've lost my brother. I will miss him.

I love you Ted.

p.s. this letter was dictated or relayed by John

Josh Mueggenborg

August 13, 2019

Grandpa Ted told me at St. Ann's he is so thankful for you kids, you bonded & took care of him. Ted Fortmann AKA Doc, Doc Ted, Capt. Ted, Dr. Fortmann, Ted, Theodore, Teddy (he loved that Richard) Grandpa Ted, Grandpa, Aww Ted (as Remi would say) & most importantly Dad. Cool Grandpa story (everyone always said Josh your Grandpa is so cool) Well I am about to tell you all about my cool Grandpa.. .Bo Derek is a 10, don't know what Grandpa enjoyed more, watching Bo Derek or hanging out with my buddies. (Father/Deacon John I know this is very untraditional) Raise of hands of all the people in the church that Grandpa took care of...keep your hand up...Take a pic & talk about his love of photography...one moment I wanted to capture today, how many lives Grandpa Ted touched...

Josh Mueggenborg

August 13, 2019

doctor: woman said you delivered me, don't you remember? Grandpa said yes I'm sorry I didn't recognize you with your clothes. Funny-he could tell a good joke, Germany tour guide story of the castle, toastmaster video...Intelligent man-multiple degrees as Scott said, we lost a man that had a ton of knowledge...always bragged to me that OU never lost a football game while he was in college. Adventures-sailings, hiking, biking, camping, built a car with Scott. Life lessons: Mom's birth control story - Grandpa would wake her up in the middle of the night when he would deliver a baby. Started medicine with a black bag making house calls & ended his medical career with a black laptop

Josh Mueggenborg

August 13, 2019

Family - camping in the Scotty with a potty to camping with the grandkids. Lake - built for the family, first trip to the lake & power going out, fishing trips (Arnold) & sailing-sail pending crew, multiple sailing wins. Center of family Love- his purpose in life...he dedicated his life to the Center & his daughter Julie. He never went in the center as "Dad" story on my visit with him "doc my arm hurts". To John Teague: Grandpa said I'll be climbing the mountains with JB again. Grandpa Ted's quote: "Getting old ain't for sissies". He sees a reflection of him in his kids & grandkids, it's made it a wonderful life. We are the legacy!! Last day of his care a nurse came in & said he delivered her baby boy in the 80's - Full Circle

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