Jack Richard Fulton

Jack Richard Fulton, 71, passed away with his loving wife by his side on Friday July 31, 2015, in Leavenworth, KS, due to complications from multiple sclerosis and diabetes. He was born July 20, 1944, in Wichita, KS, to Bud and Ginger (Pence) Fulton.

Jack Richard Fulton

Jack was raised in southeast Kansas and attended schools in Fort Scott, before moving to Pittsburg prior to his senior year. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1962. Jack graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Political Science. He was President of the Student Body and was well known on campus by students and faculty alike. Of the various jobs Jack worked while in college, being a D.J. at a local radio station was his favorite. He later studied law at Washington University in St. Louis.

While attending PSU he met the woman who would become his wife, Judy Utes. After graduation, Jack enlisted in the United States Army and served as an officer in Vietnam. On May 30, 1970, Jack flew to Honolulu, Hawaii to marry Judy at Ft. DeRussy Post Chapel. He returned to Vietnam to complete his tour of duty and Judy returned home to Kansas to await the safe return of her husband.

Among the different jobs Jack held while he was young, he always had stories to tell about the White Grill in Fort Scott and about delivering milk to several rural communities in southeast Kansas.

Jack continued to support the military through his service in the National Guard where he attained the rank of Captain. Upon completion of his military service, Jack taught American History at Labette County Community College in Parsons, KS. He worked for General Services Administration in Kansas City, MO from 1973 until 1980, then went to work for Farmers Home Administration in St. Louis. In 1983, Jack and his family moved to Leavenworth where he began his 22-year career at Fort Leavenworth. He retired as Chief, Structure and Analysis, Force Design Directorate at Fort Leavenworth in 2005.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother and father, his in-laws, Harry O. and Rosalie Utes, and his sister-in-law, Rinda Utes Gilpin.

An amazing husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife Judy and daughter Holly Fulton of the home, daughter Kimberly (Frankie) Wheeler, Lansing and daughter Kristen (Gahvin) Frey, Leavenworth. Jack also has 6 wonderful grandchildren, Jaylen and Alexis Shird, Ailey and Malachi Frey, and Nehemiah and Brooklyn Wheeler.

Jack loved his family and always enjoyed their antics when they were together. His grandkids were his pride and joy and he looked forward to each and every visit! Jay, Lexi, Ailey, Malachi, Nemo and Brooklyn loved their Papa and will miss him greatly. Papa’s jokes, songs and silliness will be treasured by all.

Jack was always willing to do everything he could for anyone and was always there to lend a hand when it was needed. He worked hard to build a wonderful life for his family. He enjoyed teaching Bible study and Sunday school, assembling model planes, and spending time with his family.

In addition to his immediate family, Jack is survived by brothers Jim Fulton, Olympia, WA, Jay (Cherrie) Fulton, Merrimack, NH, and sister Joyce (Kerry) Elkins, Klamath Falls, OR, sister-in-law Betsy (Larry) Koontz, Pratt, KS, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in Jack’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Donation forms will be available at both services.