In Memoriam : Thomas Ortner, Jr

Thomas Ortner, Jr Thomas Winston Sheridan Ortner, Jr - age: 55
(August 10, 1962 to February 06, 2018 )
Resident of Benton, Illinois

Visitation Information:
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018
Franklin County Farm Bureau Building
1210 Illinois 14 West
Benton, Illinois 62812

Thomas Winston Sheridan Ortner, Jr., age 55, of Benton; passed away at 7:44 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room of Benton.

Mr. Ortnerís wishes were to be cremated.

Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Franklin County Farm Bureau Building, 1210 Illinois 14 West, Benton, IL.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Thomas was born on August 10, 1962 in Aurora, IL, the son of Thomas Winston Sheridan Ortner and Donna Mae (Johnson) Ortner.

He formerly worked as a chef at the Holiday Inn of Mt. Vernon, IL. He last worked at West City Shell.

Thomas loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with them. He loved to cook, and he used to love to fish.

Thomas attended the Immanuel Baptist Church of Benton.

He is survived by his Life Partner, Samantha Lynn Willis of Benton; his children: Angelena Ortner, Sherri Lukasik and Allie Ortner, all three of Mt. Vernon, IL, Sheridan James Ortner and Ava Marie Ortner both of Benton; four grandchildren: Layla Wasik, Blaine Wasik, Adam J. Wasik, and Frank Lukasik; four sisters: Kathy Pendergrass of Menden, MI, Sherry Ortner of Madeira Beach, FL, Robin Rogers Kirby of Peoria, IL, Valerie Ortner of Whittington, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by His father, Thomas Winston Sheridan Ortner, SR; his mother Donna Mae (Johnson) Ortner; and a son Thomas Franklin Ortner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Thomas Ortner, in care of Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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Sherry Ortner - February 19, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
I am so so sorry I had not visited sooner. Love you all and so nice to see you in person. I am so thankful that he came to visit us last year and that he was met with love and honor. He will be so missed. My prayers to all that loved him.

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