Jul 28, 2013 - StaffRaymond Anthony Fortuna was born Nov. 28, 1934, in Rock Springs and died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Riverton.
He graduated from Reliance High School in 1953 and thereafter attended and was on the college basketball teams at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins, Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo., and in Pocatello, Idaho. He was accepted in the Marine Corps in 1957.
He married the love of his life, Joann Gentilini-Fortuna, on Aug. 21, 1960. He was a Lander resident for 51 years, enjoying fishing, hunting, gardening and hiking. He climbed some of the Tetons.
Mr. Fortuna worked at Yellowstone National Park for several years and also at U.S. Steel for 20 years. Family members said his children were amazed by his knowledge of history, geography and geology. HE also had a passion for collecting rocks and gems. He attended many rock and gem shows, where he had a booth and would sell his finds and also the jewelry he made.
He enjoyed the company of his four-legged friends, especially his border collie named Rio.
"Most importantly, Ray was a caring husband and father," his family said. "His strong hug, the sparkle in his blue eyes and, of course, his joke telling will be greatly missed."
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Fortuna of Rock Springs; his wife, Joann; his daughter, Sue Ann Short of Plano, Texas/
He is survived by his daughter, Karen, and husband Kant of Lincoln, Calif; his son, Matt Fortuna, and wife Tammi of Gillette; his brother, John Fortuna, of Rock Springs; his sister, Maryann Nelson, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and his four grandchildren.
The family suggests donations to the American Red Cross, 1-800-733-2767.
Services are under the direction of the Hudson Funeral Home in Lander. A memoria service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Chapel of Mount Hope Hudson's Funeral Home, Lander.
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