Ernest L. Fulton

FAIRMONT – Memorial services for Ernest L. “Ernie” Fulton, 92, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at United Methodist Church in Fairmont, with full military honors held outside of the church following the service by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post #36 and Martin County VFW Post #1222. Burial will be held at a later date in Ellsworth, Kan.

Ernie passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Trimont Health Care Center in Trimont. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of services Monday, April 15, 2013, at The United Methodist Church in Fairmont. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ernest “Ernie” Laurence Fulton was born Nov. 1, 1920, on the family farm in Boyle, Kan., the son of Charles McMillan and Gertrude Rachel (McNeel) Fulton. He attended school in Nortonville, Kan., and graduated from Nortonville High School. Ernie served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II as a navigator in a B-17 Flying Fortress, and earned his honorable discharge on Dec. 22, 1945. He returned to Kansas and enrolled at Kansas State University and later graduated with a civil engineering degree. On March 17, 1945, Ernest was united in marriage to Louise Jane Happel in Ardmore, Okla. Together, the couple lived in Salina, Kan.; Lincoln, Kan.; Ellsworth, Kan.; and then moved to Fairmont, Minn., in January 2012, to be closer to family. Ernie and Louise were blessed with three children, Ellen, David and Lori. Ernie worked as a civil engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation for 38 years, retiring in March 1986. In his retirement, Ernie never slowed down, as he and Louise found enjoyment working as national park hosts for the U.S. government. Ernie and Louise loved traveling. Not only did they visit many places throughout the United States as park hosts, they also traveled overseas, visiting Israel, Turkey, Russia, Korea and many other countries. In his spare time, Ernie enjoyed woodworking, working on genealogy, and volunteering at the Rolling Hills Zoo. He was a 50-year member of the Lions Club and also was a very active member of church. He was a longtime member of the Ellsworth, Kan., United Methodist Church and Salina, Kan., First United Methodist Church, and was also a member of The United Methodist Church in Fairmont following his move here in 2012. Ernie will be greatly missed by those who loved him and called him friend.

Ernie passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 9, 2013, at the Trimont Health Care Center in Trimont, Minn., at the age of 92 years, 5 months and 8 days.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 68 years, Louise Fulton of Fairmont, Minn.; children, Ellen (Larry) Barta of Virginia Beach, Va., David Fulton of Moose Pass, Alaska, and Lori (Russell) Higgins of Fairmont, Minn.; grandchildren, Scott Barta, Amy Fulton, Beth Barta, Lynell Helms, Lea Fulton, Lorin Kain, Colton Higgins and Riley Higgins; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Hanna, Kelsea, Brodyn and Ryan; a brother, John (Millie) Fulton of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Regina (Royal) Ryser of Loveland, Colo.; as well as many other extended family and friends.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gertrude Fulton; siblings, Mabel Gutschenritter, Mildred Rice, Ester Pence, Lois Sloop and Neel Fulton; and a grandson, Ty Barta.

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Memorials are preferred to The United Methodist Church, Fairmont, Minn., Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or the American Cancer Society.