Dennis R. Fulton, 74, of Waukee, passed away Sunday night, July 26, 2020, at Kavanaugh Hospice House on 56th Street with his loving family at his side. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown with Pastor Kerry Jech officiating. He will be laid to rest in Benson Cemetery at Whitten with graveside rites conducted by the Rev. Ralph Norman of Liscomb Church of Christ. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown with a 7 p.m. Masonic service. A memorial fund is being established. For condolences, please visit www.mitchellfh.com, (641) 844-1234.
Born Dennis Richard Fulton on Oct. 2, 1945, in Muscatine, Iowa, he was the son of Richard C. and Marjorie (Pahl) Fulton. He grew up in Wilton Junction, Iowa. His uncle, Harry, who owned the funeral home in Wilton, sparked something in Dennis to follow suit. Dennis marked 52 years in funeral service this year after serving countless families at Estel-Perrin's in Marshalltown, Dunn's Funeral Home in Des Moines, Turner Funeral Home and Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids, and Greer Funeral Home in Waterloo. He and Connie also started CODEMIDE Associates, an asset and recovery firm.
His family later moved to Whitten and he graduated from Union-Whitten High School in 1963. He returned to his former area, graduating from Muscatine Community College in 1965, after lettering in basketball and baseball. In 1967, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mortuary science.
On Oct. 27, 1968, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Connie Jo Morris. They made their home in many communities, where he was active in church, the Masonic and Shrine and the lives of his children. He held offices in the Cedar Rapids Washington High School Athletic Club and the Marion Christian Church, the Des Moines Jaycees and El Kahir Shrine. He was the youngest Reagan delegate at the Republican National Convention in 1980 in Detroit.
Left to cherish his memory is Connie, his loving wife of nearly 52 years; daughter, Michelle (Aaron) Kooiker of Fairfield; son, Derek R. Fulton of Waukee, two grandchildren, Ashton and Landon Kooiker; his siblings, Steve Fulton of Whitten, Sonya (Mike) Moore of Conrad, Peg (Barry) Clemens of Union and Ron (Dori) Fulton of Windsor Heights; many nieces and nephews he treasured; and his aunt, Janice Birkhofer of Moscow, Iowa.
In death, Dennis rejoined his parents and grandparents.