THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard G. Fuller
Richard G. Fuller, 74, of Breitung Township, Kingsford, Mi., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Dickinson County Hospital.
Born on Feb. 15, 1938 in Oconto Falls, the youngest of 11 children born to the late George Harrison Fuller and Ethel E.P. (Wegehaupt) Fuller, he lived a "Tom Sawyer-like" childhood in the small town of Oconto Falls.
His love for adventure continued after he graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1956 and enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was stationed at Ramstein AFB in Germany. There he traveled throughout Europe every chance he had. Traveling and exploring was always very important to him, and he instilled this in his own children by taking them on trips all over the United States. His greatest adventures were his travels to Alaska along the Alaskan Highway with his grandson and son.
He was discharged from the Air Force in 1960 and married Cynthia Sue Belanger at St. Patrick's Church in Stiles on Oct. 24, 1964. He worked various jobs, from working at a printing company, tax assessing and electronics, which led to his job at the Oconto Falls Electric Cooperative. He worked at a Hydro Plant in Oconto Falls until 1983 when they relocated to Iron Mountain. He took a position in the Iron Mountain office as a tax consultant and was eventually promoted to Manager of Hydro-Electric Operations. He worked at Wisconsin Electric for 29 years until taking an early retirement in 1994.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; children, Tina (Cory Casagranda) Fuller of Marquette, Tania (Derrick) Hautamaki of Quinnesec and Michael (Sara) Fuller of Poulsbo, Wash.; sisters, Ora Kasten of Middleton and Lorna (Walter) Saffran of Oconto Falls; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from noon to 1 pm. on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, Mi. Memorial services followed at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Tony Fuller officiating.