James Frederick Fuller


Oct. 15, 1933 - Dec. 14, 2012


James Frederick Fuller, 79, of Nashotah, peacefully passed on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2012. With him was his family by his side, and his family and his friends were in his thoughts. He has rejoined his wife of 29 years, Zoe Ann Gray.


He is survived by his children, Megan, Hank and Jim; along with his extended family, Brian Busch, Jodi and Aimee Fulle; his stepsons, David and Richard Truesdell; along with his grandchildren, Cori, Andrew, Jacob, Jordan, Bella and Read; and his first wife, Edna Pfeiffer.


Jim was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was adopted by George and Bertha Ann Fuller. He attended St. Johnís Military Academy, Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and eventually went on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a masterís degree in English. He began his teaching career in 1957 at Oconomowoc High School, where he taught English at all levels. Jim was an academic who loved to teach and learn. Jim earned additional degrees in English education and in philosophy. When he retired, he was head of the English department. He also spent many years during his career representing the best interest of our teachers while actively participating in the teachers union. Jimís legacy will be his commitment to our children and his desire to educate and develop our young kids.


Throughout his life, Jim was an active outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, bird watching and photography. He had a special fondness for northern Wisconsin and the Rocky Mountains. Jim and Zoe spent much of their retired years wandering the foothills of Pikes Peak. In his younger years, Jim was very active in the Wisconsin Ornithology Society and actively pursued bird banding and watching. Near his passing, he had taken up an old passion: model railroading. His collection of model trains will be donated to a museum in Mezomanie.


Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. memorial service Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc.


Jimís family would like to extend a special thank-you to the staff at Seasons Hospice in Pewaukee for the attentive and compassionate care he received during his final days.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund.


Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit