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Robert E. Fulton Sr. service set

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Long-time Chesterton resident Robert E. Fulton Sr. passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at the age of 92.

Born on June 19, 1917, he was the son of John and Lucille (Dost) Fulton of Valparaiso. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers, Hyland, Jack and Bill, and one sister, Rose Mary (Fulton) Kanschat.

He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia W. (Tucker) Fulton; sister Marjorie (Fulton) Hill of Valparaiso; daughters Dorothy (Fulton) Bullock (husband Trent) of Valparaiso, Dianne (Fulton) McCorkel (husband Michael) of Chesterton; son Robert Fulton Jr. (wife Cindy) of Porter; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Throughout the course of his life, Robert pursued numerous endeavors, discovering a natural affinity for mechanics, even before completing his education at Indianapolis School for the Deaf in 1932. During WWII, he worked for the Republic Aircraft Co. of Evansville, IN, manufacturing P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircrafts, one of the most expensive fighter planes ever produced. On March 10, 1945, Robert married his wife, Virginia, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Valparaiso. He later established himself as a highly-skilled carpenter, specializing in finish work and cabinetry, both commercial and residential.

Other accomplishments included employment with the River Queen Boat Works Company of Gary and with Westchester Public Library in Chesterton, from which he retired in 1982. Robert was a long-time member of the Black Oak Hearing Impaired Lionís Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Club and always had a fascination with science, history, and geography.

To his family and friends, Robert will forever be remembered as a wonderful, loving man, with an extraordinary sense of humor and curiosity.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, with Pastor Joe Ostifinski officiating. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Golden Living Center, 251 Sturdy Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383.


Posted 2/22/2010