Obituary: Elroy Fuller, Sr.

Elroy Lamon Fuller, Sr., 86, of Sweet Home died Feb. 25, 2010. He was born March 12, 1923 in Prineville to Wendell and Edythe (Wonderly) Fuller. His mother passed away from complications of birth three weeks after he was born and he was raised by his maternal Aunt Claudia Wagoner and Ernest Wagoner on a ranch north of Prineville.

Mr. Fuller served the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was an Oregon State trooper, a policeman for the city of Prineville, a mill worker, a farmer and a business owner.

He finally received his High School diploma from Crook County High School in June of 2008, having missed his graduation with the class of 1942 due to enlisting in the Army. He was proud to be the 4th generation of his family to graduate from Crook County High.

Overcoming life-threatening and ultimately debilitating polio in 1959 at age 36, he spent eight months in the Portland VA hospital. He did not let that or later health problems keep him from living his life to the fullest. He kept on doing the hard things and the right things that made him a person you would like to know.

Mr. Fuller is survived by his wife of 64 years, Iris Fuller of Sweet Home; son Mel Fuller and daughter-in-law Minka of Lake Oswego, daughter Sherry Fuller of Lebanon, and son Elroy Fuller, Jr. and daughter-in-law Sandy of Prineville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A service will not be held, at his request; however, donations can be made in his name to the Crook County Historical Society, 246 N. Main St., Prineville, Oregon 97754.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.