Ronald Hector FortuneAugust 7, 1942 ~ August 25, 2017 (age 75)
Ronald Hector Fortune, 75, of Baytown, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017, at the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown.
Ronald was born August 7, 1942 in Houston, to parents; Hector V. and Lillian E. Boysen Fortune. He graduated from Austin High School in Houston and attended Sam Houston State University. Ronald started working at the age of 15 at a local grocery store, he was a former lineman for HL&P, and retired from Shell Chemical as a Pipe Fitter, after 32 years of service. He was a member of the, Tuesday Morning Shell Retiree Domino group, & the Baytown Optimist. He was also a past member of several PTO's & the Sterling High School Band Parents Association, where he & his wife volunteered and headed up numerous fundraisers. In his younger years he loved to Rodeo and was a former steer wrestler and calf roper. He also enjoyed camping, cruising, fishing, playing dominoes, and especially spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband & father, who absolutely adored his grandchildren.
He was married to the love of his life, Sharon Anderson on November 16, 1963. They made their home in Houston for 3 years, until they moved to Baytown, where they have resided for the past 51 years.
Mr. Fortune was preceded in death by his parents and infant grandson; Trevor Shanks. He is survived by his wife of 53 years; Sharon Anderson Fortune, daughters; Brandi Fortune King and husband Paige and Kimberly Fortune of Baytown, sister; LaNelle McKay and husband Bruce of Niwot, CO, sister-in-law; Constance Sutterley and husband Robert Barnes of Baytown, grandchildren; Bailey King, McKenna King, Parker Shanks, and Alexis Shanks, nieces; Lindsay Klein of Baytown, Natalie Heitkamp and husband Harry of Houston, Corinne McKay Urist and husband Dan of Boulder, CO, Great-Niece; Ada Urist, Great-Nephew to be; Baby Heitkamp, numerous cousins, and friends.
The family will receive friends & family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, September 4th, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Baytown.