Obituaries

Fortney, Wanda Jean

Wanda Jean Fortney, 55, loving wife to Marc Fortney, passed away at home on Saturday August 26, 2017.

Wanda was an EDK tech for PCA Pharmacy.

Besides her husband of 17 years, she is survived by her sons, Michael Tomes, Jr. (Sheldon Burton-Tomes) and Jacob Tomes along with a brother Mark Starnes (Michelle) and step-son Tommy Croce.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 1 at noon at Louisville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 4400 Dixie Highway.

Hirsch, Etta Rae

Etta Rae Hirsch, 80 years young, passed away surrounded by family, peacefully and with dignity on Monday, September 4, 2017 at the home of her son and caregiver, Gary Jay Hirsch.

She was born November 11, 1936 to the late Jack I. and Lillian (Sofan) Hirsch. Etta Rae was a lifetime member of Keneseth Israel Congregation. She was also a member of The National Council of Jewish Women, a lifetime member of Hadassah and Sisterhood.

She is survived by two sons, Gary Jay Hirsch and Martin Alan Hirsch; sister, Barbara Schneider; and her precious grandchild, Michael Lee Hirsch.

Special thanks go to the staff of Cave Hill Cemetery, where she was employed for over 38 years, assisted over 20,000 families and was given the title of “Miss Cave Hill.” Graveside funeral services and burial were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 7 at Cave Hill Cemetery, 701 Baxter Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, Gary requests that expressions of sympathy in Etta Rae’s memory be made to Keneseth Israel Congregation, Gilda’s Club or the donor’s charity of choice.

Houston, John Harris Jr.

John Harris Houston Jr. died August 30, 2017 in his home. Known to his wife and family as “Duck” and his friends as “Rocket,” he played his final round and donated his clubs to science to determine how he managed to find himself continually over par. He grew up in Louisville and lived happily in Lexington until his death. He will rest at Cave Hill Cemetery. A life insurance agent and broker, he was the ultimate connector and lived his life exactly the way he wanted to live it. Due to the steadfast commitment of his wife and the loving care of his son, daughter and his caregivers, he was able to go peacefully into the dawn.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte B. Houston, his son John H. Houston III, his daughter A. Holland Houston, Sally Houston Tracy (Don), Laura Allen and Katie Allen, Ami Hart (Brad) and Houston and Hayden Hart. A memorial service was held on Sunday September 3 at 3 p.m. preceded by visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. at Milward-Southland. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kentucky Humane Society and First Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

STORR, ROBYN LEA FRANCK

Robyn Lea Franck Storr, 46, of Louisville entered this life on May 11, 1971 and went to be an Angel on August 21, 2017. Robyn is the only child to Jeannette Hubbard Franck and the late Thomas Lee Franck.

Robyn was the world to her mother who survives her. She was an avid and well experienced boater. She was killed in a tragic boating accident on the Ohio River. Boating was Robyn’s love second only to the love for her children. Robyn devoted herself to her daughter, Kaitlyn Taylor Storr, and son, Anthony Dale Storr, from her marriage to Todd Anthony Storr. They came first in every way. Robyn did many charity events, raising funds for fellow Harley Davidson riders, those with Down syndrome or anyone in need. She organized and helped with many benefits.

Robyn loved life to the fullest, every moment of every day. In addition to her endless outpouring of love and support of her family and treasured friends, she loved all animals, especially her beloved mastiff Maye and her cat Pumpkin. She loved horses and Churchill Downs. She loved to travel and be on any beach. She also loved the Kentucky Wildcats. A friend once described her as a physical beauty. The true radiant beauty was the content of her heart.

Robyn is the owner of Triple Crown Realtors where her mother is the principle broker. She is also the owner of Rain Tree Stables, a horse boarding facility located on Bardstown Road in Fern Creek. She attended Highview Baptist School.

Robyn is survived by her treasured children, her heartbroken mother, members of the boating community and Harley riders. Her friends are too numerous to list. She will be greatly missed.

A funeral service to celebrate Robyn’s life was conducted at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 27 in the chapel of Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Rd.