Corwin L. Fulker passed away April 25, 2013 in Coos Bay, Ore. at the age of 92.
He was born Oct. 8, 1920 to Charles and Irene Allison Fulker in White Butte, S.D., the 4th of five children. At the early age of 13 he set off by boxcar to Montana seeking work. After several jobs on farms and ranches around the Bozeman area, he started working for the Bon Ton bakery. He was then transferred to the bakery in Missoula, Mont. where he met his wife, Elsie Wangerin. Their 51 years together included raising a family of three, owning and operating a ranch out of Bozeman, and retiring from Montana State University in 1977 as residence halls maintenance supervisor. After retiring, Corwin and Elsie sold their ranch and moved to Grants Pass, Ore. While in Grants Pass they traveled to every state in the United States in their motor home plus cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. They moved to Coos Bay, Ore. in 1993.
Traveling, dancing, playing pinochle, time with family and friends and telling stories about his growing up years were his passion. He loved staying busy and fixing things, even inventing clever ways to fix things that didn't really need fixing. His memory of events and circumstances of times past was always an amazing thing to hear many times over.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wife, Elsie Wangerin Fulker; daughter, Joy D. McAnally and daughter-in-law, Judy LeSage Fulker. His survivors include daughter, Shirley (Gary) Tonn; son, Gary (Virginia) Fulker; son-in-law, Jeff McAnally and 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
At his request, no public services will be held.
The family of Corwin Fulker would like to thank the staff at Inland Point Assisted care for their wonderful attention to our father's needs the past seven months.