ELKHART — On Wednesday, May 21, L. Craig Fulmer, 71, a dear husband, father, grandfather and friend, died of pulmonary complications at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
He was born Aug. 12, 1942, in Indianapolis to Lawrence and Jean (Gorton) Fulmer.
On Aug. 25, 1962, he married Constance Russell in Indianapolis.
She survives along with two daughters, Lauri (Brian) Smith and Jan (Dan) Morrison both of Bristol; and one son, Daniel of Beverly Hills, Mich. He is survived by a brother, Douglas (Carolyn) Fulmer of Warrenton, Va.; a sister, Gayle (Jack) Mansfield of Cumberland Gap, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren , Elliot (Kelly), Connie, Sarah, Pete, Joe, Hank and Sam Smith, as well as Andy, Tom, Luke and Ned Morrison.
After graduating from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Craig attended Indiana University, where he was a member of Acacia Fraternity and earned a B.S. in accounting and an MBA. He began his career at Ernst and Ernst in Indianapolis. In 1971, he moved his family to Elkhart to form Holdeman, Fulmer and Co. In 1981, he founded Heritage Financial Group where he served as Chairman of the Board until his death.
As a civic leader, Craig served on boards of United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Kiwanis Club, Downtown Economic Development Corp., Elkhart County Community Foundation, Beacon Healthcare Systems, ADEC, Lake City Bank, Samaritan Center and Riverview Adult Day Care. In addition, he served on LaSalle Council of Boy Scouts of America United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, University of Indianapolis and Nature Conservancy of Indiana.
Fulmer has been recognized as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Boy Scout National Distinguished Eagle and United Way Volunteer of the Year, Salvation Army Trinity recipient, Lewis Armstrong Award, and Ernestine Raclin Community Leader.
Craig was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he served in various capacities, most passionately as a Sunday school teacher and a youth counselor. He also worked with children in the Elkhart community as a CARES mentor.
Craig loved family reunions, campfires, redbud trees, sailing, cycling, IU basketball, his 11 grandchildren, his devoted wife of 51 years and, above all, he loved the Lord Jesus Christ.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the church.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to LaSalle Council Boy Scouts of America or Trinity United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be directed to www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home.