Walter Richard Fuller, Jr. was born in Muskogee, OK, June 11, 1933 and left this life on Friday the 19th day of October, 2012.
He was pre-deceased by his father and mother, Walter R. Fuller, Sr. and Helen Patterson Fuller as well as his beloved wife and best friend, Joan F. Fuller.
He had a long and illustrious career which began after serving in the United States Navy and graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1960 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He went to work for Texas Instruments working with and installing FLIR(Forward Looking Infrared) systems in C 1-30 Gunships. Walt was one of the lead engineers in the Tiger Team that went to South East Asia to update the FLIRs. This team’s work made the FLIRs the most used sensor in the Gunship. He also took part in the 1970 Son Tay POW rescue mission to help free U.S. soldiers being held in camps outside of Hanoi, North Vietnam. He was also the sub systems Inspector for the B-2 Bomber.
After retirement Walt actively pursued his hobbies which included restoring classic and antique cars – Model A’s, Model T’s and Corvettes - antique gas pumps, Willis Army Jeeps and Cushman Motor Scooters.
He is survived by his three loving children and their spouses; Richard L. Fuller and wife Jerry, Patricia A. Williams and husband Mark, and Susan L. Alspach and husband Steve. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren whom he absolutely adored - Sam, Max, Hannah, Zach, Tyler and Katy.
The family will receive visitors on Thursday, October 25, 2012from 5:307:30 at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 2:00 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak Street, Denton, TX.