NAME: Fuller, Richard J. (m. Cleo J. Van Auken)
Richard J. "Dick" Fuller
COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa - Richard J. "Dick" Fuller, 84, of Columbus Junction, Iowa, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at his home in Columbus Junction.
Services are 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home, Columbus Junction. The Rev. Cathy Whitlatch will officiate. Pallbearers are Don Noah, Duane Fuller, Ben Beukenhorst, Dave Thompson, Chad Milks, John Beukenhorst Jr., Ward Crumly and Mark VanAuken. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Allison, Larry Sheets, Leslie Thurston, Stacey Beukenhorst, Brandy Dillon, Emmy Fuller, Tana Milks and Tara Milks. Burial will be at the Columbus City Cemetery with full military rites. Following the committal service a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Columbus Junction American Legion. Visitation is 3-7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the Louisa County Conservation Commission in memory of Richard "Dick" Fuller. Sympathy notes may be left to the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.
Mr. Fuller was born April 19, 1919, in Geneseo, Ill., the son of Ward D. and Marie A. Strayer Fuller. He was united in marriage to Cleo J. VanAuken on August 12, 1946, in Columbus Junction.
He served with the United States Army during WWII from May 1942 - Jan. 1946, serving in Central America and overseas in Okinawa.
He owned and operated DX Tank Service in Columbus Junction and retired from the Crane Valve Co. He was a Machine Operator in Washington. He was a member of the Columbus Junction American Legion and the VFW in Fairfield Bay, Ark. He enjoyed fishing, camping, watching birds and playing cards.
He is survived by his special friend, Elizabeth Miller of Columbus Junction; three sons, Richard B. "Zeke" Fuller and his wife, Rolene of Columbus Junction, Dennis "Mike" Fuller of Columbus Junction and John A. Fuller and his wife, Janet of Columbus Junction; two daughters; Linda J. Milks and her husband, Clyde of Winfield and Teresa D. Beukenhorst of Columbus Junction; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, two brothers; Robert Fuller and his wife, Kitty of Fla. and Edward Fuller and his wife, Shirley of Muscatine; three sisters, Marcia Gabriel of Ankeny, Mary Hill of West Des Moines and Harriett Heckathorn of Madrid and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother, Paul and one sister, Josephine Crumly.