Tom L. Fulk: 1937 – 2009

fulk-tom.jpgTom 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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13 Responses to “Tom L. Fulk: 1937 – 2009”

  1. Danny & Suzie Wakley Says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderful, fun spirited man. We will be in prayer for all of you for peace in knowing that he is with his Lord and with others that he loved dearly.

    Love always, Suzie & Danny

  2. Pastor Corinne Boruff Says:

    Please accept my prayers and sympathy during this time of loss and pain. May God’s arm embrace your hearts with a gift of peace knowing that God is embracing Michelle with mercy and grace.

  3. Monica Gaff De Lucenay Says:

    To all of the Fulk Kids,
    I am truly sorry to hear about your dad. Although I haven’t seen your dad in years, I have many memories of both of your parents from my younger years. Of course, for your dad, the one that sticks out the most is that he almost always called me “Har-monica”. As simple or silly as it may seem anytime this has come up it always brought a smile to my face and now tears to my eyes.
    I pray that all of you have the peace of Jesus to help you through this sad time.
    Love to all,
    Monica (Gaff) De Lucenay

  4. Teri and Paul Queitsch Says:

    For the many years we have known you all and your family, our hearts and prayers go out to you (Allison, Christi,Tina, etc… The largeness of your family is a warmth to our hearts, and Tom will be in our memories. God Bless you all in this time of loss.
    Teri and Paul

  5. Patti Tollas Says:

    What a wonderful day of memories for me and my g irls. You kids have so much to be proud of he truely was a awsome man. You all did a great job preparing his final journey,it was beautiful…. Know that I am always available for a visit and some sharing ,Love you all so much ,keep in touch. Love Patsy Joan

  6. Laurie LaRue-Bills Says:

    Virgil, Jenny and Family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your Fathers passing.
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, now and in the days to come.

    I did not know your Father, but I just know he was a good man, like you Virgil.

    With great sadness for you,
    Laurie LaRue-Bills

  7. Brandon & Sarah Perlich Says:

    Dear Fulk Family,
    We have lived next to Tom for almost 3 yrs now… And we could not ask for a better neighbor! We always looked forward to warm weather & seeing Tom outside. He seemed to really enjoy the outdoors and we know that he had a lot of love for his children and grandkids. Every time we talked he always had something nice to say about one of them. We are so sorry for your loss, Tom will be greatly missed. Please let us know if you need anything. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & may you find comfort and peace in your time of loss.
    The Perlich Family
    Brandon, Sarah, Allyson, & Kyle

  8. Brian, Tina, Jazzmyn and Nathanael Collett Says:


    Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Tina Studebaker Collett

  9. Bailey Says:

    To all Grandpa’s grandchildren- there are lots of things that I remember about Grandpa but the one thing that sticks out is when he’d lift up our shirts and ask us what that hole was there. we’d say our belly buttons and he’d say no thats were the indian shot you. -bailey fulk

  10. johntlbury Says:

    I wish I could of been there when he died but I can say he was a loving grampa.

  11. johntlbury Says:

    he love every one and payed attention his grand kids , necas and neffuse will all way carrie him in there harts.
    love john ringo

  12. Laurel Richardson Says:

    I have been here on this site many times since Grandpa has passed away. I must say that everytime I read these condolences I cry and then I laugh. Doing this makes me so happy that Tom was my Grandpa. He was just the type of man that could turn tears into laughter. If I wrote everything that I remember about him, I would take up all of Sheets & Childs’ website. So I would just like to say to everyone who ever has met my Grandpa Tom:
    - He will never forget meeting you, where you work or where you live.
    - He was a what you see is what you get type of man. He definately was not a show off and if he didn’t like you, you knew it.
    - There isn’t anything that he can’t fix, and if he couldn’t fix it, he would keep it until he figured out how to fix it.
    - Count on some type of silly song from him on a daily basis.
    - He would always say “you be good” when you were leaving.
    - The amish sell way better stuff than Walmart!

    I miss this man everyday of my life, so much that it hurts but I am happy to know that I am a better person because of him. Love Forever Relly

  13. Bradley Sarrazin Says:

    Tom was a very good man to me. I knew him since 1981, and I will always remember good memories. A true friend!

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