Edward G. Fortmiller, Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Edward and Helen (Owings) Fortmiller, Sr., on December 24, 1947. He died peacefully at home on June 24, 2006, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Joan (Tyler) Fortmiller and was pre-deceased by his parents. Ed was the eldest of 10 children: William Fortmiller of Northampton, PA; Ralph, David, John, and Roy Ertel of Harrisburg, PA; Nancy (Ertel) Poist of Westminster, MD; Sara (Ertel) Christensen of Mansfield, MA; Stephen Ertel of Nampa, ID; and Richard Ertel of Salt Lake City, UT.
Ed served his country in 1968-69 at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Vietnam as a corpsman on the orthopedic ward and as a medical assistant in the operating room. He received recognition for his exemplary service with the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He remained active in support of the Hospital, serving recently as the webmaster for the 24th Evac Hospital website, www.24thevacuationhospital.org.
As a computer software engineer, Ed was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation for 25 years. Ed's interests included amateur radio, camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, bird watching, geocaching, photography, and spending quality family time with his siblings, nieces and nephews. See www.fortmiller.us/personal to learn more.
Ed was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He served his church in many capacities including deacon, and was the webmaster for the College Church in South Lancaster. Ed's passion was to quietly live a life committed to God, making an impact on the lives of everyone around him. Ed believed in volunteer work, giving thousands of hours of service. His most enduring legacy is his design of a website on the meaning and importance of the Bible Sabbath, www.SabbathTrail.org.
Hardware and Software Used
Ed created and maintained the College Church web site using Apple Power Macintosh computers. The hardware and software he used were: