Tom L. Fulk, 71, a resident of rural Churubusco, died at 4:00 p. m. on Sunday, March 1, 2009, at his residence north of Churubusco. Although he had been in declining health, his death was unexpected.
Mr. Fulk was born in Green Township on October 28, 1937, a son of Jess L. and Clara A. (Boggs) Fulk. He spent his formative years in Camden, Michigan before returning to this area with his parents as a teenager. As an adult he lived in Collins for a period, and had lived at his present farm home in Smith Township since 1972.
On August 17, 1957 he was married at Ege to Mary A. Martin. She preceded him in death on February 22, 1981. He later was married in Churubusco to Marilyn J. Geiger on May 28, 1982. She died on March 24, 2007.
Employed at American Hoist in Fort Wayne, for 24 years, he retired as a materials handler at C&A Tool & Engineering in Churubusco after 14 years. He was also engaged in farming. In his leisure time he enjoyed working with livestock, going to the sale barn, and most especially enjoyed his children and grandchildren.
The surviving relatives include his children Vaughn (Tina) Fulk of Columbia City, Erin (Mike) Sneary of Avilla, Allison (Larry) Patton of Churubusco, Vincent Fulk of Angola, Amy (Lee) Tilbury of Avilla, Virgil (Jennifer) Fulk of Columbia City, and Christi (Perry) Coe of Churubusco; his step-children Max L. (Sandy) Herendeen and Teresa (Mike) Byrum, both of Columbia City, and Terry Herendeen and Mary Lou (Bill) Vaught, both of Churubusco; a brother Richard Fulk of Wolf Lake; two sisters Bonnie Resner of Speedwell, Tenn. and Elizabeth “Jill” Pegg of Fort Wayne; 23 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and two wives, he was preceded in death by an infant sister Mary Ellen Fulk.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Rick Van Horn, the facilitator.
The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p. m.
Interment will be in the Ege Catholic Cemetery, Noble County.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Churubusco High School Baseball Program.
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