2016-08-18 / Obits


JAMES FRANCIS ORTMAN, 87, of Frankenmuth (formerly of Birmingham), died Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

Mr. Ortman was born July 15, 1929, in Ann Arbor, to Frank and Marcella (Gfell) Ortman. James was raised in Birmingham and enjoyed time spent here in Lapeer, at the family farm. It was here in Lapeer he met his wife, Virginia Ann Baldwin. They married on May 25, 1949 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lapeer, she preceded him in death in 2013. Jim attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and was an avid U of M Fan! Mr. Ortman worked many, many years for Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Company, retiring in Management as Director of Training. He was a former member of the Lapeer Sheriff’s Posse, loved cars, was a member of the Lapeer Kiwanis Club...and for many years enjoyed performing in the “Kiwanis Kapers.”

Mr. Ortman is survived by his children, Virginia (Vern) Little of Frankenmuth, James (Cindy) Ortman of Maple Rapids, MI, Michael Ortman of Midland, Patrick (Linda) Ortman of Howell, Jean (Keith Pahl) Ortman-Pahl of Saginaw and Robert (Annabelle) Ortman of Maryland; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Virginia; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; brother, John “Jack” (Sheila) Ortman; and parents, Frank and Marcella Ortman.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 814 West Nepessing St., Lapeer, MI 48446.

Funeral Mass was held Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church in Lapeer, with Father Doc Ortman celebrating the mass. Burial followed in Mt. Loretto Cemetery.

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