IN MEMORIAM: Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 101’s Kent Fullmer


Kent Paul Fullmer, a 66-year member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 101, passed away at his home at age 85 on March 16.

Brother Fullmer, of New Athens, Ill., was a lifelong member of St. John United Church of Christ, a charter member of the St. Louis Brown’s Fan Club, and a member of the New Athens Lions Club and the New Athens Historical Society.

He also served his community as a New Athens Township Trustee. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling and watching all sports, but mostly loved watching his grandchildren play sports.

Brother Fullmer is survived by his children, Brenda (Kraig) Tomiser of Waterloo, Ill., and Curt (Laura) Fullmer of Millstadt, Ill.; his grandchildren, Daryl (Katie) Fullmer, Nicole (Kyle) Luechtefeld, and Brett (Kelley) Fullmer; and his great-grandchildren, Chase Luechtefeld, Reese Luechtefeld, Bennett Fullmer, and Harper Fullmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Aurelia, nee Dressler, Fullmer; his wife, Betty, nee Weber, Fullmer, whom he married on May 15, 1955 at St. John United Church of Christ and passed away on Aug. 7, 2019.

A funeral service was held at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens on March 21 with entombment at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences to the family may be expressed online at


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