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Loyd L. "Red" Fuller

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Retired civil service
Loyd “Red” Fuller, 92, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at his home in Alamogordo after a lengthy illness. Loyd was born June 12, 1917, in Bothersome, Ark., to Trud and Julia (Ball) Fuller. As a young man growing up in southeast Oklahoma during the Depression era, Loyd learned the value of hard, honest work. During the 1930s, he left home to join the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked on many public works projects across the western United States. He was also an Army veteran, having served in Germany immediately following World War II. Loyd married Peggy G. Long on May 31, 1949, and bought their first home in Roswell, where Loyd was a machinist for the Air Force at Walker Air Force Base. Loyd moved the family to Alamogordo in 1953 after he transferred to Holloman Air Force Base to be a sheet metal mechanic in the 6580th Field Maintenance Squadron, supporting test and evaluation missions for Air Force weapons and guidance systems that were precursors to weapons in use today. When the squadron was inactivated in the mid-1960s, Loyd joined the team of skilled craftsman supporting the Holloman High Speed Test Track. Talented with his hands, there was little Loyd could not do. He could fix or fly an airplane, rebuild an engine, fabricate anything from metal, build a house, play the mandolin and cook for two. Loyd retired from civil service at Holloman in 1978 after more than 30 years of federal service. In his retirement, he remained active, working on friends’ vehicles, fishing and helping anyone who asked. He continued his longstanding friendships by attending annual local reunions of the Field Maintenance Squadron. An avid outdoorsman, Loyd was a skilled hunter and fisherman and he enjoyed those sports well into his latter years. Loyd was an expert marksman, having brought home deer, turkey and elk from hunts throughout the Sacramento Mountains. Besides countless fishing trips to Elephant Butte Lake over the years, Loyd made several fishing adventures to the Gulf of California with close friends. Loyd was devoted to caring for Peggy, his wife of 60 years, after her health began to fail. The local hospital staff remember him constantly at his wife’s side through several lengthy stays. Besides his wife, Loyd is survived by a son, Tommy Fuller, and his wife, Kathy, of Alamogordo; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Loyd Edward Fuller, and his daughter, Ramona Daves. A memorial service celebrating his life will be conducted Monday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Hamilton-O’Dell chapel, with the Rev. Mary Taken officiating. Military honors will be provided by the New Mexico Army National Guard. Inurnment will be in Monte Vista Cemetery.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 30 to Aug. 15, 2009
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