Merlin G. Fulton Williamston Merlin G. Fulton passed away Friday, July 26, 2013. Merlin was born May 9th, 1931 to Roy S. Fulton and Blanche E. (Pinckney) Fulton in Dexter, Michigan. He moved with his parents, older brother, Dale and younger sister, Doris to the Williamston area while a youth and lived in the area most of his life. Merlin graduated from Williamston High School in 1949 where he met Harlene E. Wolverton, whom later became his wife. Merlin impressed Harlene with his boxing prowess and became the Greater-Lansing Area Golden Gloves champ that same year. In 1952, Merlin was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Kansas training troops during the Korean Conflict. Merlin attained the rank of Field First Sergeant in Artillery. While in the military, Merlin was witness to the detonation of the first Atomic bombs at White Sands, New Mexico. After his military service, Merlin returned to Michigan where he completed a four year Tool and Die Apprenticeship through the Oldsmobile Division of GM. He worked as a Tool and Die Maker at Fisher Body and later moved his young family to Colorado where he worked for Sunstrand Aviation. Returning to Michigan, Merlin joined his brother in a conventional home building business in the Williamston area and later founded a log home company where they produced many fine homes, both conventional and log. Merlin and Harlene had four children, Denise (Bobby), Wess, Carol and Kim (Jeff); three grandchildren, Scott, Ryan and Megan; and one great-grandchild, Maximus. As an avid outdoorsman, Merlin enjoyed hunting, hiking, camping, canoeing and especially loved traveling with his family throughout the U.S. and Canada. In recent years, his interests grew to include primitive living in his tipi at early Fur Traders Rendezvous'. Beyond homebuilding, Merlin was a craftsman with wood and produced a variety of pieces including furniture, kitchen tools, games and camp items. He also worked in his blacksmith shop crafting iron works as his grandfather had done. Merlin was quick to offer assistance with any project his family wanted to undertake and his efforts were greatly appreciated. He was often compared to John Wayne, both in looks and patriotic sympathies. He was a proud Life Member of the National Rifle Association and firmly believed in the Second Amendment. Above and beyond his love for his country, Merlin loved and cherished his family most of all. Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Blanche and his wife, Harlene. Survivors left behind to mourn his passing are his children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, brother, sister, nieces, nephews, numerous cousins and good friends. Merlin will be greatly missed by all who knew him. If you have a chance to sit around a crackling campfire in the great outdoors, please think of Merlin. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.grwilliamston.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 2, 2013