Mervin D. "Reelman" Bortner, III, 57, of Troy, PA passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. He was the loving husband of Priscilla L. (Cole) Bortner. The couple married June 5, 1982 and had 36 happy years together.
Mervin was born on November 26, 1961 in Harrisburg, PA, son of the late Jane E. “Tick” (Emlet) Bortner and Mervin D. Bortner, Jr. of Manheim, PA. He worked in the warehouse and in plastic molding at Canton Manufacturing and was United Methodist by faith. Mervin was an avid fisherman and hunter but his true passion was collecting antique fishing reels and lures. He belonged to the Old Reels Collectors Association (O.R.C.A.) and the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club (N.F.L.C.C.).
Mervin is survived by his wife Priscilla, his sons Michael J. Bortner of East Berlin, PA and Daniel J. Bortner and his fiancé Suskia Duttera of Hanover, PA, his grandchildren Bentley and Brayden Duttera, his sisters Laura and husband Bruce Weaber of Lebanon, PA, and Glenda Jones of Columbia, PA, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Jane.
Services for Mervin D. Bortner, III are private and at the convenience of his family. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA has been entrusted with the arrangements.