Forst D Fuller

April 25, 1916July 6, 2013

Forst D. Fuller, 97, of Greencastle, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Born April 25, 1916 in Stroh, Ind., he was the son of Russell H. and Kitty (Forst) Fuller.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from DePauw University in 1938 and his master's and PhD from Purdue University in 1953.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during World War II.

Forst retired from DePauw University, where he had served as a professor of zoology from 1941 to 1991.

He was a master gardener and a member of the Rotary Club; Elks Lodge 1077; Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity; American Legion Post 58 and the Greencastle Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his daughters, Melinda (John) Mayhall of Toronto, Canada, and Lucinda Guevara of Grapevine, Texas; a stepson, Dr. David (Barbara) Haines of Warsaw, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two nephews, Mike Fuller of Louisville, and Richard Flint of Greencastle; and two nieces, Sherri Griffis of Rushville, and Barbara Flint of Greencastle.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Mary Louise (Beem) Fuller in 1953 and Leota (Mullins) Haines Fuller in 2002; a sister, Oma Ruth Flint; a brother, Demoyne Fuller; a stepson, Phil Haines; and a granddaughter, Erin Fulton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home, Greencastle, with Rev. Mark David Haines officiating. Interment will follow at Brick Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday, July 9 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Library 103 E. Poplar St. Greencastle, IN 46135.

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Gene Mancini

July 16, 2013

Dr. Fuller was a fine and engaging professor at DePauw. I can only guess how many lives he has positively influenced over his lifetime. As a graduate student in the Department, I learned teaching skills as well as life skills from Dr. Fuller's exemplary behavior. I'm pleased to see that he lived a long life well-supported by family, friends and colleagues. Perhaps an exemplary Zoology Professor was needed in Heaven.

Gene Mancini (Camarillo, CA)

July 14, 2013

to the Fuller family:
my condolences to all because he affected us all.
We have many fond memories from the very early years with Forst and Mary Lou sharing supper with a couple of married students to years later seeing him again in South Carolina and on campus. We will indeed miss him.
Rachel and John Jakes '51, '53

Paul Peterson

July 12, 2013

Dr. Fuller was, hands down, my favorite professor of all! Of course he had mastery of his material, but he was also wise, generous, calm, humorous, and able to make the obtuse clear. He inspired us to be the best scientists we could be...the best people we could be! He was loved (as you know) and will be dearly missed!
Dr. Arthur Paul "Chip" Peterson M.D.

July 9, 2013

Dear Fuller Family,
When I saw Dr. Fuller's obituary yesterday, it brought back wonderful memories of one of my favorite profs at DePauw. I graduated in 1982, but even after 30 years I can remember his Human Physiology class and lectures, particularly the anecdotes involving family members (he certainly loved and was proud of his family) and his GREAT laugh. His examples were memorable (I'll bet anyone who had the class can remember the impossible garden hose in the deep end of the pool for extra credit opportunity) or the "life story of a pimple" or the labs where the frogs were "shocked" into action. At any rate, please know that Dr. Fuller had a powerfu, positive influence on my life, as I am sure he did for hundreds of other students. He was such a JOY to be around, in and out of class, and a great "explainer" for non-science types like me. I am happy to find that he lived for 97 years. In college, I remember he sometimes had a terrible cough, and I (as a young and naive college student) thought he might be on his 'last legs' then.. My, was I wrong, and thankfully so. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am a teacher in Frankfort, Indiana, and to me, he embodied all the BEST aspects any teacher could have. Sincerely, Ann Buser

Michael Fuller

July 9, 2013

He certainly will be missed. We should all be so fortunate to experience 97 years of independence!

To a life fully and well lived.

Doug & Janet Ault

July 9, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Jody Serey

July 8, 2013

The entire Serey family -- David, Jody, Laura, Nathan and Joe -- are deeply sorry to say goodbye to "Uncle Forst."