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A moment of silence

Postby prairiedog » Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:52 pm

Fellow Prairiedogs;
A moment of silence, please, to pay respects to one of our old friends who recently passed away. His name is Doug Ortman - better known as "Gator" -and he died on Feb. 25th from cancer. Gator worked with PPL as a roadie and tech for several years back in the 70's. He was a great guy, a true gentleman, and a credit to our band. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We appreciate your kind thoughts.

Thanks !!
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Postby Vice Admiral Swiss Navy » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:58 pm

Here is Gator's Obituary
Thanks for the heads up Mike.

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Douglas (Gator) M. Ortman

Douglas (Gator) Ortman, 58, lost his valiant two-year battle with cancer at home on February 25, 2006.

He was born in Kingston, OH on October 3, 1947 to Russell E. and Marilyn Ortman Stewart.

Doug was an employee of Telesis Technologies of Circleville for almost 32 years, having been the first employee of John Robertson, founder of Telesis.

Doug volunteered for the United States Army in 1969, and served four years during the Viet Nam Conflict, spending time in Thailand as a communication specialist for NATO, and receiving several medals during his service. After leaving the Army, he attended Ohio University, Athens.
During the mid-'70s he volunteered to work for environmentalist Ralph Nader, nationally known as "Nader's Raiders," testing water for environmental safety in the Athens area. He also traveled with the band Pure Prairie League as a "roadie" during the '70s, having a great ear for sound. Doug had a great appreciation for music with an uncanny memory for all types of band trivia. He also was a railroad enthusiast, following in the footsteps of his father, uncle, and grandfather, making detailed HO model trains.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha; son Andrew Ortman; Marsha's children, Carrie Ralston and Justin Rinehart; sisters Gail (Glenn) Douglas, Susan (Phil) Adkins; brothers Craig (Joni) Freiesleben, Wayne Freiesleben, Scott Conrad, Ed (Joni) Reid, Charlie (Marilyn) Ortman, and Tom (Judy) Ortman. He is also survived by his stepmother of 50 years, Pat Ortman; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and a special uncle John Ortman. Doug was preceded in death by his mother and father; sister, Carolyn Ortman Brown; brother Terry Reid and nephew Ricky Brown.

Calling hours will be held 5-7 pm Wednesday, March 1 in the Haller Funeral Home. A wake service will follow in the Cross Keys Tavern. Private graveside services will be held in Mt. Carmel Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Hospice, 111 W. Water St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.

In the end, Gator says goodbye to all the Varmits.

His online memorial register is available at: http://www.hallerfuneralhome.com/

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Postby Vice Admiral Swiss Navy » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:00 am

If anyone wishes to see the online version published in the Chillicothe Gazette.

http://www.chillicothegazette.com/apps/ ... 023/NEWS17

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Postby Vice Admiral Swiss Navy » Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:20 pm

I remember some great get togethers in the 70's at Gator's farm with many friends from Pike and Ross counties, getting together. I remember one year when I went with Danny Rowland, who if I can also remember was a cousin of CLF.

I remember live music and much good times, unfortunately I remember little else...for some reason.

Thanks Gator you were a great host and an even better friend.

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Postby Tom » Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:26 am

Very sorry to hear of the loss of someone who was a good friend to you guys, it's never easy to take, especially when it's someone who was obviously quite special to you. It's nice you are filled with such wonderful memories. Sincerest wishes and prayers to the family.

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