Herbert Ralph Fortgang was born on 3 March 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, to Isadore Fortgang and Ruth Henriette Elbinger. Two years later the family lived at 554 Brush Street in Detroit and his father worked as a dairyman at a creamery. The family were Jewish and his father had emigrated from the Austro-Hungarian Empire before his marriage. Herbert's mother was awarded a divorce in 1929 on the grounds of extreme cruelty.
I have been unable to find Herbert Fortgang in the 1930 census, but in 1940 he and his mother and sister lived at 335 Rochester Road. Herbert worked as an assistant manager at a grocery store. In 1941 Herbert attended the Lawrence Technological University as a night pre-junior. He was still a student in 1943 as well as editor-in-chief of the school's yearbook.
Herbert married Margaret Muir on 24 February 1946 in Kentucky. The couple divorced on 17 March 1947 in Wayne County, Michigan. They had no children.
On 6 November 1948 Herbert married Jennie Libby Meisner, daughter of Ben Meisner and Sophie Lewis.
Herbert Ralph Fortgang died on 5 November 1985 in Los Angeles County, California.
1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Detroit Ward 1, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625-803; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 23; Image: 339
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T627_1860; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 84-644
US, California Death Index, 1940-1997, 1985 Fortgang, Herbert
US, Michigan Divorce Index, 1897-1952, 1947 Fortgang, Herbert A. - Fortgang, Margaret
US, Michigan Marriage Records, 1867-1952, 1948 Fortgang, Herbert Ralph - Meisner, Jennie Libby
US, School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, 1941 Lawrence Technological University L-Book, page 45
US, School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, 1943 Lawrence Technological University L-Book, page 30
US, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Number: 374-05-7371; Issue State: Michigan; Issue Date: Before 1951