In memory of

Wilma Fort

May 4, 1929 - July 1, 2020
From: Sac City, IA
Wilma Fort

Wilma Fort

Born: May 4, 1929
Died: July 1, 2020
Age: 91
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   Wilma Fort, age 91 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City. Wilma was born on May 4, 1929, to parents Wilbur and Drucilla (Schroeppel) Herold on a farm in Cedar Township, Sac County, IA. She was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church in Sac City where she was a life-long member. 

   Wilma attended elementary school and high school in Sac City. After she graduated in 1947, she attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA completing course work in Home Economics.  In 1995, Wilma was inducted into the Sac Community Schools Hall of Fame.

   On October 2, 1949, Wilma married the love of her life, Duane Fort, at the United Methodist Church in Sac City. They remained in Sac City all their lives and raised their  four children: Patrice, Clark, Greg, and Brian - on their family farm north of Sac City.

   Wilma was a wonderful homemaker who not only devoted herself to her family, but also to her community.  She worked at several area businesses over the years including Marjo Flowers, E.E. Lewis Clothing, and Caroline’s Closet. 

   If you knew Wilma, you knew how much of her time she freely gave to others through her volunteer work in the community, church, and the state of Iowa.  Over the past several decades, Wilma served in leadership positions in Sac City including: President of the Loring Hospital Auxiliary, Hospice volunteer, President of the Sac City Museum, President of the Sac County Historical Society, member of the Sac Economic and Tourism Board, and was a Chautauqua Days committee member for almost thirty years, in addition to serving on committees for the Sac City Quasquicentennial celebration in 1979-80 and the Sesquicentennial in 2005.  She served on Iowa Sesquicentennial planning committee.   For many years she served as an Iowa Community Betterment Judge.   Wilma was honored multiple times for her volunteer work by the State of Iowa including the Hall of Fame Volunteer Award presented in 1989 by then Governor Terry Branstad.  

   Wilma was a Campfire Girls leader, with her friend Phylly Olson, for many years, and twice took a group of Sac City girls from elementary school through graduation as their troop sponsor.   She was a fixture at Camp Hantesa at Ledges State Park and served on the state-wide board for the Campfire Girls.  Wilma received the Luther Halsey Guilick Award for her service as a leader of Campfire Girls.  At church, Wilma was a circle leader, was the UMC Ladies Aide Leader, a board member and a Sunday school teacher.  It was jokingly said she occupied every role at the Sac City United Methodist Church - except organist and minister.  

   In her free time, she enjoyed swimming, riding her bike, going on walks, and especially loved family gatherings. Her heart was always full when her family was able to gather for the holidays. She adored all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was able to make many special memories with them. Wilma also liked planting and taking care of her beautiful flowers and plants in the spring, summer and fall.

Wilma was certainly one of a kind. She was strong, ambitious, devoted, resilient, organized, thoughtful with a great sense of humor. She was a leader and set a great example to so many throughout her lifetime. She never really retired so to speak. She was on the go until her health slowed her down, which was of course very frustrating for her. Wilma leaves behind a legacy of great deeds and works that will not be forgotten. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

   Left to cherish her memory include her husband of seventy years Duane Fort of Sac City, IA; children: Patrice Gonzales of Las Vegas, NV, Clark (Svitlana) Fort of Storm Lake, IA, Greg Fort of Lexington, KY, and Brian (Sue) Fort of Ankeny, IA; grandchildren: Heather Drentlaw, Melissa Thomas, Sasha Stevenson, Isabella Fort, Tracy Ashley, David Henrich, Kirby Lewton, Hilary Johnson, and Garrett Fort; nine great-grandchildren; many extended family members and friends.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Drucilla Herold; infant brother Delmer Herold; sisters Phyllis (Channing) Conger, Drucilla (Robert) Rix, and sister-in- law Marcene (Richard) Amick.

Memorial Service
11:00 a.m., Saturday
July 11, 2020
United Methodist Church
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM
“Our heartfelt condolences for Wilma's Family. She was a wonderful lady & always had a smile. Loved running into them at Cattlemens or Chautauqua Days. We'll miss her. Hugs”
- Gordon & Margaret Mooney
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM
“I will miss Wilma, her beautiful smile, her generosity, her civic pride and her friendliness. I'm sure she never met a stranger. She worked so hard for so many years to make the museum into such a special place. It's a tribute to her dedication. Good bless her and all her family. ”
- Sherry Kiernan
Friday, July 10, 2020 at 3:27 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. It was such a treat to run into Wilma when I was back in Sac. She loved to visit and was always interested in me and how I was doing. Her smile was infectious. Such a great lady.”
- LaVon Goodrich
Friday, July 10, 2020 at 9:32 AM
“Wilma was such a special lady. As my Camp Fire leader she taught with love, compassion, knowledge, and usually way too much patience! I will miss our visits. God Bless all of you and may your hearts feel peace and your faces never forget to emulate her smile.”
- Joan VonAhn McDonnell
Friday, July 10, 2020 at 9:32 AM
“So sorry for your family's loss. Even though I only met her a handful of times she was always so nice and pleasant to talk to. ”
- Todd Gerken
Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 1:04 PM
“My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. What an amazing woman and what a remarkable life. Praying that you’ll find comfort in your memories of her. ”
- Kathleen (Koster) Bill
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:21 PM
“So sorry to hear of Wilma's passing. She was a great lady and a wonderful role model to all who knew her. Sac City will truly miss her presence. God has received another angel. ”
- Ken and Devi McBride
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:21 PM
“My heart breaks for you and your family. Wilma was a very special lady . Hugs 🤗 Betty Luckow ”
- Betty Luckow
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:21 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Wilma’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her while working at the beauty shop. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. ”
- Judy Barnhill Lamaak
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“Sending our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Stille Pierce & Pertzborn
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.”
- Linda Ritchie
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“My heart goes out to the entire Fort family. When I lived in Sac City, I crossed paths with Wilma many times over the years and she was always gracious to a fault. A true lady with a generous spirit and with a warm smile is how I remember this kind and lovely neighbor. ”
- Bryan Moore
Monday, July 6, 2020 at 9:56 AM
“My deepest sympathies to you and and the family. ”
- Keith Weitzel
Monday, July 6, 2020 at 9:55 AM
“Like so many people, I have so many fond memories of Wilma, one of the friendliest, nicest moms I have ever known. Always a wonderful smile and a kind word to share with everyone. Something the world needs more of today. Rosie and I extend our condolences to Duane and her entire family. ”
- Dana And Rose Buckingham
Monday, July 6, 2020 at 9:55 AM
“Dear Duane and Fort Family members. Sorry for your loss and we will keep her and all of you in our prayers. The Bohnenkamps”
- Jeff Bohnenkamp
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 8:31 PM
“My sympathies to the Fort family on Wilma's passing. She was one of the nicest ladies I've ever met. Always had a smile and always had something kind to say. I know she will be missed. She was a treasure.”
- Lois Kettering
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 8:31 PM
“I’m so sorry to hear of Wilma’s death. She had a special place in my heart. She did so much for many, many people. Wilma always had a smile that will be missed by all. My sympathies go out to her family and friends.”
- Linda Hecht
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 12:33 PM
“I’m sorry to hear about Wilma. I always thought she wa a sweet Lady.”
- Jan (Lubeck) Popp
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 12:32 PM
“My deepest sympathy. She was a wonderful lady. She will be missed.”
- Jo Ellerbrock
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 9:27 AM
“Duane and family she was a one of a kind lady may she Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie “tuna” Schnirring
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 9:27 AM
“I will always remember Wilma as a big part of my life growing up. She will be missed. My wife and I send condolences to Duane and her family.
- Wm. Smeeton
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 9:27 AM
“No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent. We reflect the best parts of our parents thanks to the loving way they raised us. Take comfort in your memories as you grieve the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve in this time of loss. May you find the comfort you need.”
- Donna (Pickel) Shaw
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 9:27 AM
“Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt condolences for the loss of your amazing wife and loving mother. We will always remember her warmth, humor, love, acceptance and her great smile.”
- James Smeeton and Paul Griego
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 9:27 AM
“Wilma was one of the nicest people and Sac City! She was one of those people that when she came into the grocery store when I was working there, everybody that was a carry out wanted to sack her groceries and carry out for her. Conversation was always great, and she was so appreciative for us just doing our job. I don't think I ever knew her not to be smiling. I will definitely keep the family close in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Mike Baker
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11:16 PM
“Such a kind, sweet lady. Always with a beautiful smile. Our sympathy to the family ”
- Charlie and Donna Peyton
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11:16 PM
“Wilma made a difference in so many lives. I am so thankful to have been part of her Church Family. Total Sac City Icon and Treasure. I am going to miss this one in a million lady. Wishing much peace, comfort and joy of Lord to the Fort family.”
- Rev. Missy Brown
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