Joe Richard “Richie” Fultz, 77, of rural Altamont, passed away at 7:54 p.m., Saturday, February 20, 2021, at the Mercy Hospital in Joplin while holding the hand of his beloved wife, Dorothy (Tate) Fultz who survives of the home.
Joe was born in Parsons, Kansas on September 25th, 1943 to Herbert & Irene (Anderson) Fultz. He attended school at Altamont graduating in 1961. Joe married Karen (Brink) in 1966 later divorcing in 1979, with no children. He then married Dorothy (Tate) Morrison on May 4th, 1985. Although he had no biological children, he claimed Dorothy’s as his own. He worked for Mountain Bell phone company in Lamar, CO; later transferring home to Southwestern Bell/ATT where he retired in 1986 after 20 years. He spent his retirement farming the family land.
Joe enjoyed many activities as a young farm boy. One of his favorites was a bronco rider. He obtained many belt buckles during those events. Anyone who met him did not soon forget – although slow to speak, his wit was quick and his humor his own. Joe loved his hometown of Altamont and enjoyed visiting with neighbors or meeting with “the guys” for coffee in town.
In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by a son, Curtis J. Morrison of Coffeyville, KS; grandchildren; Beau Morrison & fiancé Breena Ambrose of Kansas City, MO; Nick Morrison of Coffeyville, KS; & great-grandson Alex; a daughter, Tammie (Morrison) Byrd & husband Franklin, Jr. of Coffeyville, KS; grandchildren; Joshua Elliott of Independence, MO; & Morgan (Elliott) Gibson & husband Danny Gibson & grandson soon to arrive, of Joplin, MO; and Chelsey (Byrd) Clark, of Coffeyville, KS. His brother, Bill Fultz & wife Nancy of Wichita, KS; a nephew, Kirk Fultz & wife Jean of Orlando, FL; niece Pat Fultz of Topeka, KS; and numerous cousins & family.
Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Irene, and father, Herbert Fultz; one brother, Robert Paul Fultz; nephew, Kevin Fultz; and daughter-in-law, Tamera Morrison.
Memorial graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont with Pastor Steve Crawford officiating. Burial will follow the service. Memorials are suggested to the Labette County High School FFA and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112. N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.