OBITUARY

William Harold Fuller

October 17, 1925January 30, 2019

Fuller, William Harold (Will), age 93, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Maple Woods Manor, Clio, Michigan.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 23 at Reigle Funeral Home, 5501 W. Pierson Rd., Flushing Michigan.  On that date Visitation will begin at 11:00am and the Service will begin at 1:00pm. Will was born October 17, 1925 in Racine, Wisconsin to Harold and Eva (Lenahan) Fuller.  While still quite young, Will was all but formally adopted and raised by his beloved Aunt Bess Rushford and her husband, Joseph.  The small family moved to Bay City, Michigan, and soon thereafter Will was attending Bay City Central High School.  He would later claim that he liked his teachers, but that he did not like school. In 1944, all 105 pounds of him enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and after receiving his training, he served in Hawaii. He was discharged in 1946 with street smarts, optimism and a tattoo.  Some of his Navy friends had heard that Alaska was offering free parcels of land to World War II veterans.  He threw in with several of them, and together they bought an old Packard and drove to the Northwest.  After arriving in Alaska they discovered that the land was indeed free, but only to those who improved it and lived on it for 2 years.  They immediately left and headed to the warm California sun.  Will stayed out west for a few years working in restaurants and hotels.  He eventually tended bar in San Diego and greater Los Angeles. Will returned to Michigan and found that he enjoyed working as a stage hand in Detroit, and he became a proud member of the stage hand union, the IATSE.  On a blind date in 1950 he met Marjorie Schmidt, a young nurse who was also from Bay City.  They married in 1950, moved to Flint, and raised 7 children.  Over the years they were brave or crazy enough to pack the family and Max, their German shepherd, into the station wagon for trips to northern Michigan. Marjorie died in 1983, however Will was not destined to remain alone.  He met Vivian Coleman in Flint.  They were married in 1989, and they settled in Flushing, Michigan.  Vivian died in 2015. Will was an excellent cook, and he enjoyed reading, card playing and visiting with his friends at various establishments in Flushing and Flint.  He possessed a great wit, and a positive outlook.  While living at Maple Woods a visitor once commented that he obviously had a good sense of humor.  He replied "Hey, I'm a little guy - that's about all I've got left." Will is survived by children Margaret (Mark) Adolph-Dalton, Timothy Fuller, Dennis (Donna) Fuller, Mary (Gregg) Staley, and Daniel Fuller; step children Wendy (Paul) Klapp and Richard Coleman; grandchildren Emily, Robert, Mariel, Mark, Timothy II, Theresa, Megan and Liam; many step grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Will was also preceded in death by son Thomas and daughter Kathleen.  

Services

23 February

Memorial Visitation

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Reigle Funeral Home


23 February

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Reigle Funeral Home

5501 W. Pierson Rd.
Flushing, MI 48433

REMEMBERING

William Harold Fuller

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Tom Kalfs

February 17, 2019

Will Fuller....great man, great family. Always made us feel loved and comfortable when visiting at LeErda Street home. God bless you Will and all of your family. Love Tom and Ellen Kalfs.

Jackie Binelli

February 7, 2019

Will always had a really kewl story, a joke or a smart ass funny comment to tell me when I went into Duffys. I always enjoyed his knowledge, history & stories he told me. Will Adored his children and family. He spoke very highly of them whenever I saw him. Prayers for Mollie & Greg ,the rest of the family and way to many friends to list. RIP WILLIE FULLER.

Kevin McLeod

February 6, 2019

Will never walked in the back door at Duffs without checking the coin return on the pay phone...it was always exciting when he found something...Will was a great man loved him dearly...l'm sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY