Forest “Frosty” Wortman

The obituary of Forest "Frosty" Wortman, 83 of Traverse City

WortmanForestobitForest Byron “Frosty” Wortman, 83, of Traverse City, died early Friday afternoon, August 30, 2013, at Orchard Creek Assisted Living.
Born December 16, 1929 in Fort Wayne, IN, he was the son of the late F. Bryon and Alice (Deisler) Wortman.

Forest graduated valedictorian from high school in Defiance OH, earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree  at Purdue University, and was employed by Dow Chemical Company as a Chemical Engineer.    A proud veteran, Forest also served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War.  On November 30, 1957 in Fairmont, MN, he married his true love, the former Lina Charlotte Meyer, who preceded him in death in 2001.

While living in Midland, he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.   During their retirement years, the Wortman’s lived in Boyne City, and in 2008, Forest moved to Traverse City to be closer to family and here he became a member of Advent Lutheran Church in Lake Ann.

Frosty valued both hard work and play.  He was an avid downhill skier, sailor and bicyclist–activities that he enjoyed together with family and friends throughout his life .

He is survived by his children; Cheri (Keith) Huggett of Traverse City, F. Bradley Wortman of Traverse City, Steven Wortman of Cathedral City, CA and Daniel (Pam) Wortman of Frankenmuth; grandchildren, Audrey, Kyle, Brandon, Nathan and Stephanie, and his sister, Joan (Jerry) Riseling.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Janis (John) Eberwine and daughter-in-law Sandy.


The Wortman Family will receive friends at the ReynoldsJonkhoff Funeral Home on Friday, September 6, 2013, from 4-6 P.M.

Funeral Services will be held at the ReynoldsJonkhoff Funeral Home on Saturday, September, 7, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Justin Grimm will officiate.

Graveside Services with Burial will take place at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Boyne City on Saturday, at 3:00 P.M. with Military Honors under the auspice of the American Legion.

Memorial Contribution in his name may be directed to Hospice of Michigan, 900 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI  49686. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home.

The family would also like to thank all of the staff at Orchard Creek and Dr. Thomas Auer for their wonderful care given to Forest.

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Arrangements were made with the ReynoldsJonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.