Lavern Owen “Bud” Fuller, 90, of Medina, NY, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 10, 2020, at United Memorial Medical Center, with his loving children by his side.
Born on August 4, 1929 in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late E. Laverne and Dorothy (Puff) Fuller.
Bud graduated from Medina High School in 1947. He had a fascination with airplanes and took flying lessons at The Marshall Road airstrip as a young boy. He received a commercial private pilot’s license at age sixteen, and he was part owner of a Piper Cub Plane. Bud was drafted into the United States Army in December of 1952. He was stationed at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas where he served as an armored personnel vehicle operator. It was here he met the love of his life, Doris McMahan, at the army post roller skating rink. They were married on July 12, 1953 and returned to Medina, where Bud took a job as a welder at Harrison Radiator in Lockport, NY. He retired in 1993 after forty years. While raising six children, Bud also worked part time repairing radiators at Walt’s Garage, building pole barns for AGWAY, and harvesting cabbage with Smith Farms in West Shelby. In addition, he was a dedicated boy scout leader of Troop 33, in Shelby Center, and enjoyed trips to Camp Dittmer each summer. Bud was a life-long member of Holy Trinity Parish and attended mass regularly each Sunday. He loved golfing, gardening, birdwatching, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his old-fashioned campfires with marshmallows roasted on homemade sticks. Bud loved spending time at his cottage on Lake Ontario which he built with lumber from his father’s farm, and he and Doris also spent winters in Myrtle Beach for many years.
Survivors include his six children, Michael (Susan) Fuller, Gregory (Diane) Fuller, Steven (Linda) Fuller, Cheryl (Russell) Cree, Marguerite (Jonathan) Sherman, all of Medina, and Christopher (Melissa) Fuller of Columbus, Ohio; a brother Paul Fuller, and sisters Elizabeth “Betty” Menz, and Dorothy “Dottie” (Edward) Hellwig. He was blessed with fifteen grandchildren, Amy Herman, Katie Crooks, Matthew Fuller, Timothy Fuller, Andrew Fuller, Mark Fuller, Meghan Fuller, Kayla Rosenbeck, Tyler Evans, Lucas Evans, Nathan Sherman, Nicole Guild, Tiffany Cree, Hailey Fuller, Brooke Fuller, and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss him dearly. Bud is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his aides Felicia, Stacey, Jackie and Steph.
He is predeceased by his loving wife, Doris, sister E. Barbara Draper, brother Robert Fuller, brother-in-law’s Merle T. Draper and William Menz, and sister-in-law Patricia Fuller.
Relatives and friends may call from 3PM-7PM on Friday, February 14, 2020 at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, at the Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St. Medina NY, 14103 with the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls celebrating.
Military Honors will be accorded at the end of Mass by members of Lincoln Post #1483 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Butts-Clark Post#204 American Legion.
Bud will be laid to eternal rest next to his wife Doris at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby, NY.
Donations may be made in his memory to East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company, 5021 East Shelby Road, Medina, NY 14103 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company
5021 East Shelby Rd., Medina NY 14103