April 24, 2013

Robert Glen Fortune, 76, of Altus, passed away Monday morning, April 22, 2013, at his home in Altus.

Mr. Fortune was born in Pilgrim, Texas on Feb. 1, 1937, to Leopold Florian and Eva Elizabeth (Hardcastle) Fortune. With the family moving to Gonzales, Texas, Bob attended and graduated from high school in Gonzales. Bob later attended barber training in San Antonio, Texas. Shortly thereafter, Bob joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country for over 22 years. McChord AFB, Washington was his second assignment after Tripoli Libya. While at McChord, he met and married the love of his life, Claire Lorriane Stephenson, on Feb. 12, 1960. They spent the next 53 wonderful years together before his death. In 1996, they were sent to Altus Air Force Base. Bob retired at Tinker A.F.B., in Oklahoma City, on Feb. 1, 1997, from the Air Force, but continued working for Civil Service until his health required him to retire in June 2003. A deacon of the First Baptist Church in Altus, Bob loved to spend his spare time gardening, planting trees, working in the yard, building things and doing carpentry work.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Darrin Paul Fortune in 1986; and a brother, Douglas Fortune.

Bob is survived by his wife Claire of the home in Altus; one son, Darrell Glen Fortune and wife Tracy Dawn of Tacoma, Wash.; one sister, Doris Hart and husband Frank of Gonzales, Texas; three brothers, Donald Melvin Fortune and wife Tommie Ann of Wimberley, Texas, Lynn Ervin Fortune and wife Pam of Magnolia, Texas, and David Fortune and wife Darlene of Shiner, Texas; and two grandchildren, Brittney Piper and husband Michael of Tacoma, and Shawnie Skye Fortune of Portland, Oregon; along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jeff Moore officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday at the WOW Cemetery in Gonzales, Texas. The family suggest memorials be made to Jackson County Memorial Hospital Hospice.

For family and friends not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims provides a live web-cast. Go to and click on obituaries. Then click on Bob Fortune. There will be a large button inviting you to join the web-cast.

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