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James William Fuller

October 18, 1950 ~ May 2, 2020 (age 69)


Funeral Services for James William Fuller, age 69, of Norwalk will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9th at O'Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk.  Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery.   The COVID-19 new rule for funeral services and religious gathering in Warren County, Iowa permit an unlimited number of people to gather for such events; however, if anyone in your household has COVID-19, has a temperature, feels ill or suspects that they may have been exposed you're strongly suggested to stay home and watch the service via FaceTime Live via the O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services FaceBook page.  A link to the page can be found on the main menu screen at

An open-visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 8th at O'Leary Funeral Services.  Members of the family may [or may not] be present during this time.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are only allowed 10 people during visitation hours to be present in the building during this time.  For questions concerning either the funeral or the visitation please call the funeral home at (515) 981-0700.

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The Obituary

    James William Fuller the youngest son born to Harvey David and Mildred Dawn (Custard) Fuller, was born on October 18, 1950 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Jim grew-up on Des Moines’ southside near Blank Park Zoo.  He attended Lincoln High School during which time he met Kathleen Marie Mills through their mutual friends.  They fell in love and were later married on February 10, 1968 at the Fort Des Moines Open Bible Church.  To this union they had two children, Jeff and Julie, and made their home in Des Moines.  In 1975, they moved their family to Lakewood Village Association (now part of Norwalk).  

    Jim worked for 37 ½ years for the United States Postal Service as a Mail Carrier for the West Des Moines and South Des Moines Stations.  He finished the last few years of his career at the Des Moines Metro Annex, retiring in 2006.

    Jim and Kathy were Iowa Hawkeye football season ticket holders, where they loved tailgating with family and friends.  Jim enjoyed watching the Kansas City Chiefs; having the opportunity to watch them in person a couple of times.  He liked to work in his yard and cruise around Lake Colchester on his pontoon boat.  Jim enjoyed spending time with his 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  

    For 2 ½ years, Jim diligently fought non-small cell carcinoma of the lung.  He died peacefully Saturday morning May 2, 2020 surrounded by his wife and children.  He lived 69 years 6 months, and 14 days.   He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents and his father.  

    Those left to continue his legacy include his wife of 52 years, Kathy; his children, Jeff (La) Fuller of Dexter and Julie (Michael) Bates of Norwalk; his mother Mildred Mattheis of Des Moines; a brother, Ron (Sandy) of Indianola; 13 grandchildren: Marinda, Malia, Mason, Nadia, Justin, AC, Max, Nova, Jake, Devin, Mackenzie, Callie, and Brodie; and 6 great-grandchildren: Dominic, Zayne, Ni’Ayla, Armani, Kalahni, and Rayla; two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law; a nephew; several nieces; and a host of other family and friends.

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May 8, 2020

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

Celebration of Life
May 9, 2020

10:30 AM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

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