Walkerton Community to Say Goodbye to Beloved Teacher

The Walkerton community was saddened to learn of the passing of John Glenn High School Band Director Daniel Fortlander. An outpouring of emotional support from former and current students in addition to area band directors blanketed social media with story offerings, fun moments and fond memories of time spent with the popular band teacher.

He passed away on Saturday, June 10 after a sudden illness.

Mr. Fortlander had been with the John Glenn High School as band director for 32 years. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1978 from Ball State University.

Visitation is scheduled for tonight at the John Glenn High School from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to services tomorrow at the school. The funeral will begin at 3 p.m. at the high school.

Memorial contributions may be directed in Mr. Fortlander’s honor to the John Glenn Music Boosters Scholarship Fund. Any questions may be directed to the Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel as the staff there is in charge of arrangements.