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John Robert Fultz
November 15, 1947 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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John Robert Fultz passed away on Thursday, January 18, at the age of 76. He was born on November 15, 1947, to Charlie and Kate Lerner. He grew up in Carrolton, Ohio. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Judith, his children Charles (Jennifer), Rose (Noel), and Mark (Sarah), seven grandchildren: Autumn, Sophie, Sammy, Kassi, Michael, Elle, and Penny, two sisters, Sandy Mills and Dot (Bill) Hepner, his sister-in-law, Diane. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Walter, his brother-in-law, Homer, and his son, Michael.
There is a right way to do most everything in life, and then there are a host of other ways that are easier and involve some sort of compromise. John chose the right way. He enlisted and served in the Vietnam War. He studied and became an electrician at Ford late in life to provide for his family. He helped care for his mother-in-law at home during the last years of her life. He served as a leader for his family when his son, Michael, died unexpectedly. Through these and countless other examples, John showed his children, and the athletes he coached, to choose the right way.
If it was broken, John could fix it. Riding mower, Ford truck, washing machine, anything with moving parts. (John would be upset with using a broken Ford truck as an example. Toyota trucks break down, not Ford trucks.) But he also had a softer side for helping to fix a broken heart or the pain of being cut from a sports team. He had a passion for youth sports and helping kids grow and develop, which led to him coaching baseball for 20 years in Amherst and Vermillion.
John loved his family. He loved watching them participate in their sports. He loved picking them up from school and taking them out for ice cream. Rather than golfing or fishing, John enjoyed sitting around with loved ones and telling the same story a hundred times. And because of the way he told it, and who he was, you wanted to hear the story a hundred-and-one times.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m at which time, funeral services will take place officiated by Rev. Mark Telepak. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain where Military Rites will be conducted.