Richard ‘Dick’ Lee Fullmer
TORRINGTON – A celebration of life for Richard ‘Dick’ Lee Fullmer, 81, will be held 1 p.m. Saturday August 19, 2023 at the EWC Auditorium with Pastor Jason Harshberger officiating. Dick passed away August 12, 2023 in Greeley, Colorado and cremation has taken place. Memorials can be made to Goshen County Victim Assistance Program in Dick’s name. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Today is a Great Day!! A sentiment that our father and husband Richard Lee Fullmer often expressed. Ever the optimist, he saw each day as fresh and wonderful and a gift from God. He was a devout believer in “life is what you make it…..it can be a good day or a bad day, it is for you to choose.” We have no doubt that Dick chose to have a “good day” even on August 12, 2023 as he went home to be with his Lord and Savior.
Dick lived his to the fullest, packing three lifetimes of living into one. He was an educator, teaching math 30+ years. Dick was more than an educator however, he was a mentor to countless hundreds of students over decades. He taught them life skills, how to be decent mature, and productive members of society. He always “had the time” to provide comfort, encouragement, and wise council to all who sought it. His legacy will be lasting in all those that he touched. He was a fighter, he beat equine encephalitis when he was two years old, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia at age 49, a bone marrow transfer at age 53 and more recently bladder cancer. Dick was invincible until age 81 when God decided his work was done here and called his good and faithful servant home, ironically from the West Nile virus caused by a tiny mosquito. Richard Lee Fullmer was born on July 21, 1942 to Doug and Luthera Fullmer. He graduated from Lingle High School in 1960 and attended EWC and University of Wyoming. On September 26, 1964 he married Patricia “Patty” Cook, daughter of Ferd and Freida Cook, in Lingle. The couple called Lingle home where they raised their three boys. They made a home in Gering, Nebraska their place to retire. This September would have been their 59th year together. Moving to Gering is the perfect picture of why they could celebrate that many years together; Dick was never going to leave Wyoming and Pat was never going to live by a golf course. They compromised and moved to Nebraska and on a golf course.
Dick is survived by his wife, three sons and their wives Steve and Natalie of Fort Laramie, Mike and Susan of Cheyenne, Eddie and LeeAnn of Lusk. Eight grandchildren and their families, Adrian (Kelsey), Michael (Tara), Ryan (Kayla), Tori (Thomas), Brandon (Hannah), Journey, Payton and Ayden as well as 9 great grandchildren. His 3 brothers, Bill, Jerry and Craig and their families. The Fullmer boys lost their youngest brother, Dougie, June of 2022.
Even in death Dick continues to teach – Please, please take precautions to protect yourself from West Nile. Information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/indes.html.
The family is requesting that any donations be made to Goshen County Victim Assistance program at 2125 E A St., Torrington, WY 82240.