WILLIAM (BILL) R. FULLER
WILLIAM (BILL) R. FULLER
William (Bill) Raymond Fuller, 88,of Cameron passed away December 1, 2018 at the Cameron Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at the Poland-Thompson Funeral Home in Cameron, MO on Friday, December 7 at 1:30. Prior to the funeral, there will be visitation at the funeral home from 12:30 - 1:30. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Quail Run Health Facility resident Christmas party fund.
William (Bill) Raymond Fuller was born March 26, 1930. His parents were Raymond A. Fuller and Bessie M. (Bowers) Fuller. Bill was born and raised on a farm near Kidder, MO. He received his grade school education in the “one-room” Wooderson Country School. He graduated in 1948 from Gallatin High School. During his high school days, he worked at Brown's Cafe during lunch hour and after school. He pedaled to and from work on his bicycle. Bill was a trumpet player in the Gallatin band and played taps at many military funerals. The proudest moment of his high school career was the track record he held until recent years of running the 440 (quarter mile) in less than a minute.
Bill's first job after high school was with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a technician. He began in the Gallatin office and then transferred to the Fairfield, IA office. He later returned to the Kidder area to farm and raise his family. At this point, he bought his first bulldozer and began his 50 plus year career in earth moving construction. He and his employees built many ponds, lakes, terraces, and roads. His passion was developing land into subdivisions, farms, businesses and other properties. Fuller and Sons Construction Company did some of the initial construction at Lake Viking and developed neighborhoods in Gallatin. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was developing 400 acres east of Gallatin into a family farm that featured rich bottom ground where he raised corn and soybeans. The rolling hills were developed into beautiful pastures where he raised cattle and hogs. Bill later built one of the first hog confinement operations in Daviess County. His love for agriculture led to the opening of a feed-grain elevator known as Fuller Agri Service in 1978. Bill moved to Cameron in 1988 and began a 30 year career in real estate development. He developed and operated Rockwood Mobile Home Park until selling it in 2004. He also built and operated the Winston Speedway in Winston, MO until selling it in 2007. One of Bill's greatest thrills was driving the pace car before each race. He also loved making deals in real estate and automobiles. Bill was also involved in tractor pulling during the late 60s and early 70s with his turbo charged, 90+ horsepower John Deere 2020 that won 4that the Missouri State Fair.
He was a member of the Kidder Christian Church for many years. In 1965, He was baptized and became a member of the First Baptist Church in Gallatin.
In 2011, Bill purchased his first Arizona property in Mesa and began flying back and forth on Southwest Airlines during the winter months. He loved going to Arizona and was able to go for 5 years until his health failed and was unable to travel. Some other favorite things were country/western music, western movies, raspberries, fried zucchini, and ice cream.
On June 26, 1965, Bill married Darlene Dunnington at the Broadway Baptist Church in Kansas City. She is his surviving wife of 53 years. Other survivors include his children: Deborah Dickey, Sun City, AZ; Shirley (Tom) Palmatier, Evergreen, CO; Jim (DeAnna) Fuller, Gallatin; Shane (Darla) Fuller, Liberty; Sister-in-law: Cathy Fuller, Cameron; 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; Fuller and Bowers Cousins.
Those who preceded him in death are his parents: Raymond and Bessie Fuller and brother, Charles, who passed away earlier this year in June.