Bernard Orin Fultz

Bernard FultzBernard Orin Fultz age 87 of Tracy passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 27 at Tracy Lutheran Church.  Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.  Burial is in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Tracy Area Medical Foundation, Tracy Area Education Foundation, or Tracy Lutheran Church building fund.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bernard O. Fultz was born November 5, 1926 in Tracy, MN to Homer and Ruth (Addison) Fultz.  He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1944, enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, and served until 1945.  On October 20, 1946 Bernie was united in marriage to Eleanor Freeburg of Walnut Grove.  The couple spent their lives farming in the Tracy area and raising their family.  Bernie’s life was growing a family farm to include his sons and grandsons.  As a progressive farmer he was open to looking at innovative and new approaches to enhance farming.  He and Eleanor enjoyed attending numerous community events and supporting school activities.  Bernie attended and was active in Trinity Lutheran of Walnut Grove and Tracy Lutheran Church.  He was involved in Toast Masters, served as clerk of Springdale Township, and was on the Federal Land Bank Board of Redwood Falls.  He was also a leader of the Springdale Climber’s 4-H Club, and most recently enjoyed serving with the Tracy Lions.

Bernie is survived by his wife Eleanor; children: Dennis (Linda) of Tracy, Dean of Tracy, Laura (Steve) Iverson of Montrose, CO, Ann (Kurt) Gramith of Big Lake, and Eric (Sandra) Fultz of Tracy; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his siblings: Charles (Clara) Fultz of Hope, AK, Pauline Hemmingsen of Grand Island, NE, Edna Lessman of Lamberton, and Don (Eunice) Fultz of Shoreview, and sister-in-law Evelyn (Russell) Buterbaugh of Tracy.  He is preceded in death by parents Homer and Ruth Fultz, son Kirk, and great grandson Jack Iverson.

Comments

  1. Deb Saxton says:

    My sympathies to Bernie’s family. Always enjoyed visiting with him. We sat with him after the Christmas program @ church and we had a very nice visit. He was just a joy to be around. May ALL your wonderful memories help you in the days to come.
    Deb & Darwin Saxton

  2. Kent and Mary Kromarek says:

    To the family of Bernie Fultz;

    We are Kassia Fultz’s parents, and we’re so very sorry to hear about Grandpa Fultz’s passing. What a nice, nice, kindly man. We remember how proud he was of his wonderful family, esp. all those grand children and lucky great grand kids who just loved to ride around on the farm machinery with him! May many wonderful and happy memories help make this sad time a little easier for all of you to handle. With heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers, esp. to Grandma Fultz. ~~~From Kent and Mary Kromarek

  3. Joel and Renee Bauer says:

    My sympathies go out to the Fultz family. Bernie was a dear friend of the Bauer family for many years. He was always kind hearted and thoughtful. Ive known Bernie since I was a little kid , always there with a smile and a positive outlook on life. He will be missed by many , friends, family and acquaintances.

  4. Scott and Becky Loeslie says:

    Deepest Sympathies to the Family of Bernie Fultz from the Loeslie’s. Bernie was definitely a faith, family, and farming guy! He will be deeply missed by his family but, we are sure he leaves many-many great memories that will lead to smiles even in this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Scott and Becky Loeslie

  5. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Bernie was loved and respected by his family, community and all those who knew him. I will always think of him with many happy memories.

    Janet Lee

  6. John Foster says:

    FULTZ FAMILY-TRACY PAPER CAME AT NOON TODAY, AND READ ABOUT BERNIE PASSING. ON THE FARM TRACTOR, WAVEING TO BERNIE AS HE DROVE BY IN THE CAR. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYER GO TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. JOHN W. FOSTER

  7. Kristin Campbell Harner says:

    Fultz Family,
    Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Bernie left a lasting legacy to all who knew him, to agriculture and to his community. May God sustain you during this difficult time.
    Kristin (Campbell) Harner

  8. Don&Alice Zeug says:

    We extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. We enjoyed getting to know Bernie through the Pork Priducer Assn.
    Don and Alice Zeug

  9. Paul Holm says:

    I wish to send my prayers and condolences to Bernie’s family. I came to know Bernie when he and his family were members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. My dad was the pastor of that church. As a family, we learned to know the Fultz family starting with Bernie’s parents and continuing with Bernie’s younger brother Don. Don is my brother-in-law. As I remember, Bernie was my Sunday School teacher and must have had huge reserves of patience, because I was certainly not a model student. God must have worked through Bernie because, I think I finally turned out OK and I credit Bernie with being a part of that process.

    God Bless you all
    Paul Holm

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