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Knofel Fortner

Knofel E. Fortner, 88, Campbellsburg, died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at 6 a.m. at Autumn Woods Health Care Campus in New Albany.
A native of Huron, born April 8, 1917, he was the son of the late Arthur D. and Fanny Snow Fortner.
He was a 1933 graduate of Huron High School and a 1936 graduate of Central Normal College. He earned a master’s degree and an EDS degree from Indiana University.
He was a math, Latin, business and physical education teacher, and coached basketball and track in Green and Lawrence counties from 1936 to 1959. He was a superintendent for the Campbellsburg and West Washington school corporations for 21 years before retiring in 1980. He supervised the organization and consolidation of the West Washington School system from 10 elementary and two high schools into one elementary and junior-senior high school. He also supervised the organization of South Central Vocational School at Hardinsburg.
He was elected into membership in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and served on the board of control from 1966 to 1971, and was a Sagamore of the Wabash and Kentucky Colonel as well as an Honorary Citizen of Indianapolis and Hazard, Ky.
He served as president of numerous boards and commissions and was a member of Bedford Masonic Lodge 14, Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis, York Rite, Murat Shrine, Odd Fellow Lodge, Sigma Lambda Pi, Kappa Pi Beta, and First Baptist Church in Bedford and Campbellsburg, where he served as a deacon.
He was president of the Lions clubs in Bedford and Campbellsburg, and sang with the Stone City Four, Barbershop and Gospel Quartet and the Singing Superintendents.
He served as a Sunday school superintendent, song leader and adult education leader for 50 years, and was president of Orleans Baptist Association and served as a delegate for the Indiana Democratic Convention.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, the former Amzel Rolle; a son, Dr. William Robert Fortner of Floyds Knobs; three grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
Funeral: Sunday, July 10, at Campbellsburg First Baptist Church with burial in Crest Haven Cemetery.
Officiants: The Rev. Mike Williams, Dan Mattox and Kyle Hall.
Arrangements: Weathers Funeral Home in Salem.