Delbert Lester Fulk, son of Mack and Ethel (Ice) Fulk, was born July 23, 1926 near Houston, Missouri. He passed away Saturday, February 18, 2012, at his home, making his age 85 years, seven months and 26 days.
On July 31, 1959 he was united in marriage to Joan Elizabeth Starnes. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary July 31, 1999; the event was hosted by nieces Marcia McKay and Judy McCarter and nephew Richard Mackey.
Due to failing health he had stayed a few months at National Health Care in West Plains, Missouri, for rehab. The caregivers said regardless of how he felt he always greeted them with a big smile.
Delbert was a hard-working man. As a young man he worked at a sawmill and milked cows for several years. He began working for Brauer Brothers shoe factory in Cabool, Missouri, in 1959 and continued working when Brown Shoe bought the business in 1974. He retired July 24, 1991 after 31 years of service. He enjoyed gardening and tending to his farm animals, especially his pets. He also loved to go squirrel and coon hunting.
Delbert was a kind, gentle and caring man, always ready to help family, friends and neighbors. He never charged for his services; his reward was being able to help others. He loved his family very much and enjoyed his two nieces, Marcia and Judy Lay, and nephew Richard Mackey. They filled the void for the children he never had. He loved them as his own and the love was mutual.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan; his parents, Mack and Ethel; two brothers, Edgar and Bob; one sister Lovene; and two brothers-in-law, Loyal Lay and Russell Mackey.
He is survived by two sisters, Lavonne Lay of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Zella Mackey of Cabool, Missouri; two nieces, Marcia McKay and husband Tim of Kansas and Judy McCarter and husband Jim of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; a nephew, Richard Mackey and wife Stacie of St. Peters, Missouri; two great-nieces, Cortney McKay and Jenneca McCarter; and a great-nephew, Jeffery McCarter.
Delbert will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home with services being held at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Kendall Ford and Rev. John Wisdom officiating. Pallbearers are Darrell Scheets, Cory Scheets, Gary Akers, Terry Akers, Darren Ice and Keith Swisher. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Grogan, Art Williamson, Darren Scheets, Shawn Watson, Richard Mackey, Jim McCarter and Tim McKay. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Ozark Cemetery.