Richard Gene Fultner
Richard passed away peacefully December 13th, 2021, surrounded by loved ones in Durango, Colorado from a short battle with Cancer. He was 76 Years Old. Born in Dallas County, Texas to Bonnie L. Farris and Gene E. Fultner. He spent his youth in Poteau, Oklahoma. He attended Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas-Class of ‘63. Shortly after graduation Richard enrolled at Fort Smith Junior College where he spent 3 years, but quickly enlisted in the US Army. Richard retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (W4), “...just 34 short years later...” and always chuckled when he said this. In 2013 Richard retired to Durango, Colorado from Midland, Texas. In Durango he would spend his days reading Old Westerns and/or Old Battle Novels, enjoying Middle Mountain camping, and walking his very loved dogs (Brandy and Lady). Richard was a Volunteer Teacher and Mentor for the Durango Gun Club, and donated an abundance of his time to the La Plata County Republican Party. He was a lifetime member and donor to the NRA, and of course frequented the Durango VFW.
Richard is survived by his beloved children Clint, Katrina, and Rick as well as his loving siblings Lou Ann Hening and David Chase. Richard always gave credit to his Stepfather James R. Chase, his Children, and the US Army for the man he became. He wanted to leave you with one of his favorite quotes,
“When I die, remember that what you knew of me is with you always. What is buried is only the shell of what was. Do not regret the shell, but remember the man. Remember the father.”
- Louis L’Amour (2005) “Last of the Breed”
Richard’s Celebration of Life will be held at 6pm on January 6, 2022 at the Durango, CO VFW.