In loving memory of Timothy Richard Fuller, his family shares with deep sadness his peaceful passing in his sleep, likely from a known heart condition, on the morning of June 9, 2023. Tim was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. His kindness and gentleness were only exceeded by his faith in Christ and love for his family. All who knew and loved Tim know how much he will be missed as we celebrate the remarkable, devoted, and faithful life he lived.
Born May 20, 1957, in Syracuse, NY, Tim quickly developed a love for many things that would persist throughout his life, including his family, baseball (particularly the New York Mets), singing, Christian faith, and education. He graduated from Houghton College (now Houghton University) in 1979, attaining a degree in history while also discovering a passion for Christian higher education and meeting the woman he would be married to for nearly 44 years, Carol. Tim and Carol returned to Houghton in 1980 where Tim began his work in admissions and recruitment. He served Houghton students and the campus community for 27 years as a recruiter and Vice President for Enrollment Management, a role in which he developed the skill set to enter into consulting, beginning with Credo Higher Education in 2007 and eventually opening his own successful firm, Fuller Higher Education Solutions, in 2020.
Throughout his career, Tim devoted himself to the success of Christian institutions of higher education, becoming a beloved leader, guide, and friend to many college and university presidents, in organizations like the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Christian College Admissions Personnel, and the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and with colleagues across North America. His expertise made him sought after the first time; his compassion and sense of humor made him sought after for a lifetime.
As proud as he was of his career accomplishments, Tim was ever prouder of his family. He loved the team he formed with his beloved Carol, his teammate in life and in managing the Fuller household. He loved his children, Rebecca (Christopher), Daniel (Kristin), and Jonathan (Abby), who with their spouses and families hope to carry on Tim’s legacy of deep care, corny dad jokes, and devotion to their family. Of the many titles he held over the years, his favorite may have been “Grampy”, a role he thrived in as grandfather to Stephen, Ella, Eden, Liliana, Amos, Ruby, and Jackson. You could always find one of them in Grampy’s lap, searching for golf balls with him, or snuggled up while they took selfies together or watched whatever game was on TV. All of his surviving family, including his sister, Marilyn, and brother, Jonathan, cannot fathom life without the bright light Tim provided them.
In death, Tim is reunited with his cherished parents, Lillian and Richard Fuller, and united for the first time with his eldest brother, Stephen, who died at birth. We also anticipate Tim is already holding down the bass section in a choir singing joyful music and organizing a heavenly fantasy baseball league.
Tim’s life will be celebrated in Indianapolis, Indiana, during a viewing at Flanner Buchanan Funeral Center – Washington Park North 2706 Kessler Blvd W. Dr. Indianapolis, on Friday, June 23 from 5-8 p.m. and a funeral service at Meridian Street United Methodist Church 5500 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208, on Saturday, June 24 at 11 a.m. RSVPs are strongly encouraged at Tim’s memorial website, where friends and loved ones can share photos and memories. His family is also planning a private burial ceremony to be held in Houghton, NY this fall. The funeral service on Saturday, June 24 at 11:00am will be live streamed, to view the service click here. meridianstreet.org/live
Friday, June 23, 2023
5:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)
Flanner Buchanan- Washington Park North
Saturday, June 24, 2023
11:00 - 11:00am (Eastern time)
Meridian Street United Methodist Church