Lynn Fuller

In Loving MemoryMass 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.

A note from the family: Please share your favorite memories and stories about Lynn with us.  We know there are so many out there and we look forward to reading them!  Email thegoodcaptain@outlook.com

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25 thoughts on “Lynn Fuller

  1. Please accept my condolences in the passing of Mr. Fuller. May you cherish the many memories that has gone through the years. Prayers for the family.

  2. So sorry you are gone Uncle Lynn, one of the best uncles we could have. Ricky, Ronny and myself have so many good memories of trips to Butler to visit everyone and walk around the square at night. So many good loving thoughts.

  3. Thank you Lynn when you and Doris came to my house, helped dig me out, and take me to work after the blizzard a few years ago. I will never forget, and always appreciate.

    Doris, I will fix you a “Lynnburger” some time. Only you will know the meaning of a “Lynnburger”.

    Our most sincere sympathy to the family. Lynn fought a courageous battle inspired by the love of his family.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Fuller family. I always remember seeing Lynn out playing golf at Butler Country Club. He definitely had a passion of the game and lived life to the fullest. Rest in peace Lynn.

  5. My thoughts and prayer are with you and the whole family. Lynn will always be remembered as one of the good guys. It was always nice to talk to him because he was such a kind, thoughtful person and then he always had that spark of humor. I am sorry for your loss. Rosemary

  6. Doris & Family, My deepest sympathy on the loss of Lynn. Glad I have got to meet him a wonderful man. It was a brief time, but glad of the good memories with my visits and our joys with the grandsons. You will be missed but not forgotten.

  7. So sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Dear Doris and family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one, Lynn. He will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Beverly Sullins and family

  9. So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Jerry and I’s thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family.

  10. We are so sorry about your loss. I have enjoyed hearing the girls brag about their father for many years. May the memories console their grief. – Always Bonnie Lesmeister

    Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. ~Author Unknown

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Doris, and your family. Lynn always brought a smile and a chuckle when I worked at the courthouse with him. May you and your family find comfort knowing that he is at peace.

  12. You have our deepest sympathies. Lynn was definitely my favorite uncle…I was always amazed by the clever things that just seemed to roll out of his mouth (and now Melody will take that honor)! He will be deeply missed.

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, during this very difficult time, Doris, for you and your family. I will never forget the two “guided tours”, you and Lynn gave my wife and me a few years ago and lunch at the Southside Cafe and the “energy” you spent finding me, as an alumnus of BHS. I look forward to seeing you, in the future and Lynn , rest in peace, my friend, I will never forget you.
    James&Joy Walton

  14. Lynn was definitely a man who was a stranger to no one. He was always happy, kind, & always had a positive attitude. He fought a long battle, with perseverance.Thats the kind of man he was. My thoughts & prayers are with your family,Doris. You will always be special to me. I hope for peace & comfort for you, and know that if ever you need to talk ,I am there for you my friend.

  15. Karen and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I did not know Lynn but if he was anything like you, I know he will be greatly missed.

  16. Doris and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. You have a lot of wonderful memories to sustain you in the days ahead. He was a great guy. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  17. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. So sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. He always cracked me up in high school.

  19. Thoughts and prayers for all the family at this very sad time. Lynn was a great guy and will be missed by many.

  20. I am so sorry for your loss. I was very sad when I read of Lynn’s passing in the Butler paper. I am remembering all the fun times we all had together in years long ago. I will never forget them.

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