Mass of Christian Burial for Lynn Fuller will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Butler, Missouri with Father Thomas Hermes as Celebrant. Visitation will be Monday evening, 5 – 7 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. A rosary will begin at 7 PM. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bates County Museum, or St. Ludger’s Historic Preservation Fund. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Lynn Allen Fuller, age 66, of Butler, MO, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at St Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Friday night’s full moon was a warm honey color (known as a Honey Moon) and will not recur on Friday the 13th again until 2049—it’s not hard to imagine Lynn’s reaction to that coinciding with his departure.
Lynn was born to Walter Samuel Fuller Jr and Mildred Herman Fuller on July 11, 1947 in Butler. He graduated from Butler High School in 1966, then from Fort Scott community College in 1968 before moving to Kansas City to be near his girlfriend, Doris, who was completing her nursing program. While there, he worked at Sears during the day and took night classes at the Central Missouri State College satellite. On June 6th, 1969, Lynn and Doris were married. They moved to Warrensburg until Lynn graduated with a major in Accounting and degree in Business Administration in 1971. After college, they moved back to Butler where Lynn was employed as an accountant at Bates County Rock. He later went into partnership with his brothers, Sam and Joe, to operate a machine shop and Green Light automotive parts store for 15 years. After selling the business to O’Reily Automotive, he worked for the IRS, owned a Radio Shack for 9 years in Butler, then was employed by Lewis-Robey Trucking. His last job before retirement was with the Bates County Courthouse computerizing 911 maps and assisting all departments in the Courthouse, Law Enforcement Center, and County Bridge Department with computers as a self-proclaimed PIT (Pretend Information Technologist—in fact, mail is delivered to his home with this title). His Excel spreadsheet masterpieces will live on in infamy.
As a young man in Butler, Lynn was on the Civil Defense where he was a tornado spotter and auxiliary police/fireman. He was also a member of a young men’s organization which raised money for charitable events and they started an annual haunted house at Halloween. Lynn posed as the devil and also portrayed a great Frankenstein. In 1978 he successfully ran for third ward city councilman, where he proposed the senior taxi which was passed by the city council and continues operating today.
For many years he played golf with his buddy, Jim Robey. It wasn’t unusual for them to play 36 holes in 100 degree weather and play until dark. Lynn, of course, kept spreadsheets of wins and losses of their friendly rivalry. On November 5, 2006, he scored his first hole-in-one on #5 hole at the Butler Country Club. Accompanied by Jim, Lynn used a 6 iron on the 176 yard hole. He was an avid nature observer, enjoyed bird watching, appreciated Doris’ incessant tending to her flower beds at home and adopted beds around town, and weather watching–something his mother had done before him. Lynn loved working with computers and helped his siblings and friends with theirs as well. He also enjoyed a highly competitive game of croquet at family events, creating an alternate set of rules that included “rocket launching” and “poison”. Even Monopoly had Fuller Rules, which was probably a big part of Doris’ proclamation that she would never play board games with the family again.
Lynn, AKA Mr. Fuller, Carl LeFong, and The Good Captain, had a fantastic sense of humor and was voted “Wittiest” in his high school class. He was always kind to friends and strangers alike and willing to lend a helping hand, offer a firm handshake, or a delicate tea cup handshake to those strong enough to handle it. He had the ability to repair or create almost anything from nothing and enjoyed the challenge. His honesty, conversation skills, witty banter, and good advice were traits admired by those who knew him. He also had a soft spot for animals, always catching and releasing insects from the indoors—even as a child he released the chickens from the chicken house as his mother and grandmother were preparing for butchering day.
Lynn loved Doris and his family to the ends of the Earth and showed this love in so many little ways on a daily basis. Lynn and Doris had three daughters, Melody, Lisa, and Julie. Lynn was blessed with two grandsons, Brandon and Aaron, who called him “Papa”—their mutual adoration for each other was so easy to see.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Doris, daughters Melody and husband Justin Woo, and Julie Fuller, all of Raymore, and grandsons Brandon and Aaron Woo. Lynn is further survived by his brothers, Walter Samuel Fuller III and wife, Beverly, Joe Fuller and wife Peggy, all of Butler, sisters, Karen Russell and husband, Dwain of Butler, Carol Ireland and husband, Jack, of Nixa, MO, and Verna Kooker of Butler, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Lynn was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa, in 1976, and parents, Sam and Mildred Fuller.
Memorials may be donated to the Bates County Museum or St. Ludger’s Historic Preservation Fund.
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