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David M. “Davey” Bortmes

David M. “Davey” Bortmes, 53, of Karns City, passed away Friday, August 26, 2022 from injuries he sustained in a work related vehicle accident in Adams Twp.

Born in Butler on May 16, 1969, David was the son of David P. Bortmes and Donna M. Rupert Garris.

He attended Karns City Area High School and had earned a GED. David held a CDL license and had been employed for 14 years by Waste Management as a front load truck driver.

David was a well-known and skilled gunsmith and had built several of his own guns. He enjoyed hunting, riding his ATV, and motorcycle racing with his son.

He is survived by his wife, Rena C. Hile Bortmes, whom he married in Butler on February 13, 1996.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father, David P. Bortmes of Karns City and his mother and her husband, Donna and David Garris of East Butler. Also surviving are two children, Amber Lynn Bortmes (Aaron Cunningham) and Austin James Bortmes (Hanna Pletcher), all of Karns City; a grandson, Laykin Cunningham; his sisters, Rhonda Finney of Wexford, Leighann Bortmes of Karns City and Wendy Bortmes of East Brady; his mother-in-law, Barbara Price Hile of Chicora; two sisters-in-law, Heather Kusner and her husband, Drew, of Petrolia and Robin Hile of Chicora, as well as a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Barry L. Hile Sr. and his brother-in-law, Barry L. “Chip” Hile Jr.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Karns City, 128 Main St., Karns City, from Noon – 2 and 5 – 7 p.m. Monday. A funeral service will be held from the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with Bishop Alan Ion, pastor of the Karns City Church of God of Prophecy, officiating. Interment will be at Hemphill Cemetery, Chicora.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society at Condolences may be sent by visiting

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