Charley Frank Fulcher
Charley Frank Fulcher, 91, a former longtime resident of the Yamhill community, late of McMinnville, died Saturday morning, May 27, 2017 at the Life Care Center in McMinnville, Oregon.
Graveside Services with Full Military Honors will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. at the Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland, with Pastor Tim Irwin, of the Aloha Church of God, officiating. Assisting will be his grandson, Matthew Charley Fulcher.
Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the ceremony, to be held at 4:00 P.M. at the American Legion Post # 173, 158 East Main Street in Carlton, Oregon.
Charley Frank Fulcher was the 5th of 11 children born to Jasper and Merle (Ferris) Fulcher on December 3rd 1925 in Quapaw, Oklahoma.
In his youth, Charley Frank moved from Oklahoma to Arizona where he was raised and received his education, joining the Navy during World War II. Charley served for two years, receiving his honorable discharge on February 11, 1946 in San Pedro, California, at the rank of Seaman 2nd Class. He received the American Area Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Upon returning from the war he started his roofing business, which he had for 45 years, and met his first wife, Betty Reed. They moved to California then back to Arizona and in 1962 they moved to Gaston, Oregon. On their journey together they raised seven children.
Charley Frank eventually moved to Yamhill, Oregon where he had a passion for making cement statuaries. This led him to his second love, Caroline. He taught her to dance and she showed him the light of the Lord. Charley was united in marriage to Caroline Frenette Krueger on December 3, 2005 in the Aloha Church of God. They celebrated their 11th Wedding Anniversary this past December. Following their marriage they made their home in the Yamhill community for ten years, until September of 2015, when, as his passion for the statuaries grew to be too much, they moved to their current home in the McMinnville community, where their journey continued.
Charley was proud of his service to his country and was a member of the Aloha Church of God, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie # 4177 in Cornelius, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 2468 in Roseburg, a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #641 in Glendale, Arizona, and a very active member and the historian of The American Legion Carlton Memorial Post 173 with his sons and son in-law.
He never stopped tinkering. All the way up to his death he and his sons had projects to work on when he wasn't dancing with his wife Caroline. Among his many special interests, Charley also enjoyed making cement yard ornaments and displaying them in his yard.
Charley was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Merle Fulcher; his four brothers, Thomas Fulcher, Earl Fulcher, Billy Fulcher and Harley Fulcher; his three sisters, Verna Dorsey, Viola Null, and Lucille Bowser; his two grandchildren, Trisha MacDonald and Preston Fulcher; and one great-grandson, Broc Burns.
Survivors include his wife, Caroline Fulcher, of the family home in McMinnville, Oregon; his seven children and their spouses, Walt and Valerie Fulcher, of Yamhill, Oregon; Brenda and Mike Ainsley, of Glide, Oregon; Mike and Cathy Fulcher, of Newberg, Oregon; Larry and Cheri Fulcher, of Raderburg, Montana; Barbara Fulcher, of Newberg, Oregon; Bruce and Alice Fulcher, of Yamhill, Oregon and Beverly "Bev" and Joe Tavera, of Gaston, Oregon. He also deeply cherished his two step-children, Chrissy Jarvis, of Yamhill, Oregon, and Jeff Frenette, of Sherwood, Oregon; his two brothers and sisters-in-law, Oscar and Audrey Fulcher, of Peoria, Arizona and Eddie and Martha Fulcher, of Surprise, Arizona and his two sisters and brothers-in-law, Vivian and Charles Belcher, of Youngtown, Arizona and Veronica and Terry Prom, of Sherbern, Minnesota.
Also surviving are his twenty grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the American Legion Post #173,
P.O. Box 277, Carlton, Oregon, 97111-0277, in his memory.
To sign the online guest book or to send the family condolences, visit www.fuitenrosehoyt.com.
Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove
is entrusted with the arrangements