Obituary: Edward Ortman Jr., 81, of East Peoria

Staff Writer
East Peoria Times-Courier

EAST PEORIA — Edward E. Ortman Jr., 81, of East Peoria died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at his residence.

Born on Dec. 8, 1932, to Edward Sr. and Clara Quam Ortman in Madison, Wis, he married Carol Kruckenberg on June 8, 1957, in Edgerton, Wis. She survives.

Also surviving are his three sons, Danny Ortman of Bartonville, Tom (Linda) Ortman of Seymour, Tenn., and Robert Ortman of East Peoria; and siblings, Donna Clark, Sonia Tomlin, Sharon Manthey, Judy Woyak, Terry Ortman, Monte Ortman and Margit Pearson; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Gale Ortman and Marc Ortman.

He was a 1951 graduate of Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Wis. 

After graduating he continued to farm alongside his father in Cooksville, Wis. 

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he and Carol owned and operated Cooksville General Store. For many years prior to his retirement, he was the general manager of the Holiday Inn hotel chain throughout the Midwest. 

He was a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church in East Peoria. He was also a member of the East Peoria Rotary Club in the early 1980s. He loved spending time fishing, hunting and staying in his cabin in Wisconsin.  

A funeral Mass was Monday at St. Monica’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Stephen Willard officiated. Visitation was Sunday at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria, where recitation of the rosary was held. There was also a visitation prior to the service on Monday at the church. Interment was at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Monica’s Church or St. Monica’s Food Pantry.

Edward’s memorial website can be found at where online condolences may also be sent to the family.