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Wallace Grant Fuller
September 23, 1941 ~ September 3, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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A part of artist Lu Fulton Fuller died Sunday, September 3rd, with the passing of her husband, 81-year-old Wallace Grant Fuller of May's Lick.
With good looks that evoke visions of what Elvis Presley and actor Dick Gautier’s child might resemble, Wally will forever be remembered for his boisterous laugh, his inexplicable love of Diet Dr. Pepper, his fondness for turkey, and the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
And, of course, his wife Lu. Wally and Lu met in the usual “Boy meets Girl” way, which means by fate and an alphabetical seating chart. In Psych class at the University of Kentucky, to be precise.
On Sundays, Wally would take Lu on a date to Shriners Children’s Hospital, where they visited to play with the kids. The children would shout Wally’s name when they arrived, so popular were their visits.
After a stint in the Marines, Wally returned to Lexington to finish his college degree while Lu made the move to Kansas City, Missouri to work for Hallmark Cards. Distance made no difference, though. Every week he sent roses to Lu at Hallmark. There was always a card that read, "Will ya? Will ya? Will ya?" Long story short, Wally wooed Lu, and Lu said “I do.”
For years, Lu and Wally would travel the country, attending art shows to sell Lu’s works. Wally was her manager, custom framer, and rock of support. In Wally’s words, "So. I needed a college education to be an Artist's Pimp."
Whether he was battling his niece Chiara for the last Transparent Tart at Christmas Dinner, giving unwanted golf tips to his brother-in-law Robert, wearing a custom-made Dickensian outfit designed by his sister-in-law Lorita (to fit his 6’5” frame), or dropping wooly worms down the backs of Ricky and Mike (the family's brothers from another Mother), Wally always had a twinkle in his eye and a little mischief up his sleeve.
Someone whose name has been lost in the fog of time said, "Once in a while in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale." That is a perfect summation of the lives of Wallace Grant Fuller and Lu Fulton Fuller.
Wally is survived by his brothers Robert and John, and the countless friends a person like Wally would amass when having lived a full life.
In lieu of flowers, Wally would like memorials be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
A time for family and friends to get together and share fond memories of Wally will be Wednesday, September 13 at 3:30pm at Palmer Funeral Home & Crematory in May's Lick. You are warmly invited to share your stories, enjoy some turkey, and choke down a Diet Dr. Pepper in Wally’s honor. And, if you feel so inclined, tell Lu you’d like to have some more – she has cases of the stuff in the garage. Condolences to www.palmerfuneralhome.net