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Richard Gordon "Rich" Fuller, 65, of Kirkland, Illinois, died peacefully Thursday, September 13, 2018, at his home.
He was born August 7, 1953, in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, the son of Ted and Rosalie (Schyvinck) Fuller. Richard was married to Peggy Magee, his best friend and life-long love.
Rich was a tool-and-die maker by trade and worked at many local manufacturers, including Goss, Rockford Headed Products, and Camcar, retiring from Acument in 2008.
Rich loved to golf, fish (especially on his family trips to Canada), gamble and do crossword puzzles. He enjoyed sports and was a lifelong Packers and Cubs fan. But the games he enjoyed the most was watching those played by his best buddy and grandson Logan.
Rich and Peggy loved to travel and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean and Central America. His favorite was Belize, where they often went to enjoy his jungle paradise home and property.
Rich is survived by his wife, Peggy; his children, David Fuller of Kirkland, and Katie (Lowell "Butch" Brush) Fuller of Rochelle; grandchildren, Nathan, Logan and Teagan; siblings, Dale (Diane) Fuller of Byron, Brenda (Jim) Kubasta of Winneconne, Wis., and Vicki (Chris) Needham of Foley, Ala.; mother-in-law, Rosie Magee of Loves Park; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Laurie Hart of Rockford, Mark (Wendy) Magee of Crystal Lake, and Nancy (Dave) Little of Machesney Park; many loved nieces and nephews; and his family/special friends in Belize, Thomas and Juanita Caretela and their children and grandchildren in Santa Elena, Cayo, Belize.
He was predeceased by his parents; mother- and father-in-law, Dolores (Griswold) Magee and Ronald Magee; and sister-in-law, Ronda Magee Shafer.
In 2014, Rich received a lung transplant. He fought through many hardships and was always very grateful for his donor's gift of life. Rich tried to live his life to the fullest, always saying he lived a "Rich Fuller" life.
The family gives special thanks to the entire Lung Transplant Team at UW-Madison, especially Kelly Radford, RN Transplant Coordinator, Dr. David Sonetti and Tiffany Mack, PA.
He was a good man and a brave soul. His family loved him so much and he will be greatly missed.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Flora Community Church in Kirkland. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Tuesday, September 18, at the church.
Memorials can be made to the family for a memorial to be determined at a later date.
Arrangements are by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Kirkland Chapel, 309 South Fifth St., Kirkland, Ill.; 815-522-3563.

Condolences & Shared Memories (4)

  1. michelle lang

    I just heard of Rich's passing. I was so sorry to hear of Peggy's loss. I hope you feel the love and support from all of us at MTE Hydraulics

  2. Harold Albrecht

    All my condolences to Rich's family. He was a great guy.

  3. Jennifer Montanus

    Rich was such a kind man to Jerry and I. His kids brought us into their world and he and Peggy tolerated us tearing up the barn on many occasions! Rich hosted two salmon fishing trips that Jerry never forgot and they spent many a day roaming the countryside and pit-stopping at the Belvidere VFW. He and Peggy hosted us for many Sunday dinners and made us feel like family. He helped raise two great kids, both smarter than whips and lovers of life. He was a special friend to my beloved Jerry Bloom who managed to beat Rich up to heaven, no doubt to set up the euchre table and scout out the honey holes. My heart is with Peggy, Dave, Katie and their families. Rich's earthly presence will surely be missed. It was a blessing to call him friend.

  4. Ken Fuller

    Wish we could have caught up on Reedsburg times

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