Bernard William (Bill) Kortge, 87, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy, retired, died Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Bar Harbor, Maine. Kortge was born June 30, 1927 in The Dalles, Ore., to Oscar William Kortge and Catherine Lillian Fleck Kortge. Bill served in the US Navy from 1945 - 1971. He served during WWII and Korea and his career included decorated missions as a Photographic Intelligence Officer during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Six Day War.
Bill and his beloved wife of 55 years, Eleita Voyle Martin Kortge, embraced local cultures wherever they lived. They raised their family in places as diverse as Washington, California, Hawaii, Florida, Virginia, and Maryland before retiring to Central Oregon where they lived for 36 years. After Eleita’s death in 2006, Bill relocated to Maine to be with his daughter.
An avid rock-hound, he spent his life collecting and studying rocks wherever he traveled. Whenever Bill looked down he found something interesting to pick up. Even in retirement, he was always seen with a camera in hand and a handful of rocks in his pocket.
Bill is survived by his three children and their spouses, Karen Kortge and Bruce Steely of Maryland, Mary and William Martin Kortge of California, Bronwyn Kortge and Daniel Pileggi of Maine; grandchildren Lauren and Kyle Steely, Sierra and Bryce Kortge, Quentin Pileggi; sister Winifred Smith, and many nieces and nephews.
A private burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. The family plans to gather for remembrances in Portland, Oregon, date and time to be announced.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert, ME. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
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