George E. "Bud" Fulton
1941 - 2021
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George E. "Bud" Fulton
PEORIA – George E. "Bud" Fulton, 79, of Peoria passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021, at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on May 14, 1941, in Farmington, a son of Everett "Jug" and Louise (Faletti) Fulton.
Bud joined the United States Air Force and served from 1959 to 1963 as an aircraft mechanic. While stationed in Portland, OR, he met and married Deanna K. Dusky on December 14, 1961. They had three children together. Deanna passed away on June 19, 1969, in Oregon as a result of a vehicle accident. On November 3, 1979, he married Debra Turner in Peoria. She survives. Married for 41 years, Bud loved Deb and appreciated how much she loved all of her children and grandkids.
Bud is also survived by his five children, Pamela (Gary) Davis and Kerry Fulton, both of Farmington, Cheryl Fulton O'Brien of Tomball, TX, and Matthew Fulton and Kyle Fulton, both of Peoria; seven grandchildren, Morgan (Luke) Fulton-Gorham, Taylor (Cayl) Champagne, Chandler May, Hanna Fulton, Josh Boseke, Christian O'Brien, and Remi Fulton; one great-granddaughter, Harlow May; and his special sister, Wanda Lee Hitchcock of Farmington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Deanna; and sister, Marcia Grzanich.
Bud joined the Peoria Police Department in 1971. During his 22 year career, he was honored to have received the Police Officer of the Year Award, Combat Valor Award, Distinguished Service Award, Life Saving Award, and the American Legion Award. He retired on July 31, 1999.
Bud loved the outdoors. His cabin and 16 acres on the Sangamon River was his heaven on earth. He loved fishing, especially for those big catfish on the Illinois River. He was an avid deer hunter with both the shotgun and the bow. He enjoyed mushroom hunting in the spring and fall. Bud loved to cook. The bigger the mess, the better the meal. Bud loved an audience and a couple of drinks, but… "Don't let the door hit you in the ass". Bud's family was what he held most near and dear to his heart. He had a special love for his dog Lily who was his constant companion.
Schmidt-Haller Burial & Cremation Services in Peoria is handling the cremation arrangements. Per Bud's wishes, there will be no funeral. Instead he wanted a private family graveside service with a celebration of life gathering to be held at a later date. He was rather upset that he was going to miss it!!!
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight at PO Box 5072 Peoria, IL 61601.
Online condolences may be left for Bud's family at www.schmidthaller.com.



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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Apr. 1 to Apr. 3, 2021.
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April 16, 2021
Deb, my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your wild and crazy husband. Always a gentleman, always fun, and a great husband and father. You were truly blessed.
Becky Brown
Friend
April 16, 2021
Deb and family, my heartfelt sympathy. Bud was a terrific husband and father, and ALWAYS a gentleman. My God grant each of you peace in the passing of 'that wild and crazy guy'!!!!!
Becky Brown
Friend
April 16, 2021
Deb and family, my heartfelt sympathy. Bud was a terrific husband and father, and ALWAYS a gentleman. My God grant each of you in the passing of 'that wild and crazy guy'!!!!!
Becky Brown
Friend
April 8, 2021
To the whole Fulton family I wish the best to you you had a great father and a role model, I remember when you all lived next to the monktons on Arcadia, I was young and so was everyone else , please accepect my heartfelt condolences with your loss of your father . May God bless his soul
Michael J.Levan
Friend
April 7, 2021
Pam, Dan and I made a donation to Peoria Honor Flight in memory of your dad. We are so sorry for your loss. A man of service to our country
Sharon and Dan Kauzlarich
Friend
April 3, 2021
Very sad to learn of Mr. Fulton’s passing - please accept my deepest condolences.
Jeff Slayton
Friend
April 2, 2021
Deb,
So sorry to hear about Bud’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids during this difficult times. Bud enjoyed life and his family. He will be greatly missed.
John and Tammy Lofthouse
Friend
April 2, 2021
Bud & I were school classmates..great guy..last I saw him was at our last class reunion..he will be missed..I can hear his laugh now & see his smile.
Bonnie Morse Voice
Classmate
April 2, 2021
Very sorry to learn of Bud's passing. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Though it was only about six years, I can't express enough how enjoyable it was to work with Bud. He was so kind, gracious, and welcoming to new officers. The man would talk to anyone and treated all of us rookies and fellow officers with such courtesy and respect. His enthusiasm was constant and infectious and he would never let you walk by without speaking to you.

Sincerely,
Eric Ellis
Eric Ellis
Coworker
April 2, 2021
Deb,

I'm so sorry to hear about Bud. He was a really great guy.

~Missy (Skaggs) Kolowski
Missy Kolowski
Acquaintance
April 1, 2021
Deb, so sorry to hear about Bud. Joe and I would run into Bud, they would talk hunting & fishing and I would ask about you. He would have a smart answer, laugh the back to hunting and fishing. Thanks for sharing him, he will be missed . My sincere sympathy to you and your family..Connie
Connie Evans
Classmate
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