Robert L. “Bob” Fulton

May 06, 1946 ‒ February 07, 2018

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Robert L. “Bob” Fulton, 71, and lifelong Bellville resident, passed away Wednesday evening, February 7, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.  Tough and determined, Bob lived courageously the past five years with stage four renal cancer.

The son of Robert J. and Evelyn (Bricker) Fulton, Bob was born May 6, 1946 in Mansfield. In 1964 he was in the first graduating class of Clear Fork High School.  Bob continued his education at Akron University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  For 35 years, Bob taught in the Mansfield City School District.  Most of his career Bob taught middle school American History.

He enjoyed country life.  Every year Bob planted his vegetable garden and each new year it seemed to get larger in size.  He collected antiques.  In the summer months he’d take his family camping.  Bob never met a stranger and could strike a conversation with just about anyone.

He will be remembered for his kindness and hearty laughter.

He is survived by his loving wife Julie (Gatton) Fulton of Bellville; two children and their spouses Andy and Tracy Fulton and Jamie and Philip Skaggs all of Bellville; four grandchildren Alex Fulton, Austin Kurtz, Nicholas and Lacey Skaggs; a sister Joan Eyster of Bellville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mark and Lois Gatton of Bellville; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Jim and Roma Gatton of Belliville; as well as nephews.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a niece and nephew Jana Eyster and John Deucore.

A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 1-4 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to the Richland County Humane Society may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to Bob’s family may be made by


  • Words can not express my sorrows for you and your family. Bob was such a great person and I enjoyed childhood around a Dad like yours , Jamie ❤️ Sending my love

  • Tracy. Been thinking about you lately then saw this. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs. Connie Jenkins.

  • So sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was such a great dad always cheering every player on either in softball or basketball.

  • It was a pleasure knowing Bob and he was always very personable and a joy to talk to. Prayers for you, Julie, (and family), til you meet again on that beautiful shore.

  • Bob was such a wonderful person!! Loved his big smile!! Thinking of you all and sending prayers and love!!

  • Julie and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in your memories. Prayers to you all

  • Bob was such a sweet neighbor always talking to us whenever we saw him. I don’t think we ever passed each other that we didn’t exchange a wave. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers, please let us know if there’s anything we can do.

  • Dear Julie, Jamie and Andy and family, keeping you all close in prayer. Bob will be missed greatly. Scott and Pam Gatton

  • I was a student of Mr. Fulton’s in 1992-93 & am so very sorry to hear the news of his passing. He was really an exceptional teacher. I remember the sparkle in his eyes when he was teaching and the way he brought so much humor into the classroom. I hope it brings you some comfort to know that he is remembered fondly by his students and is truly thought of as one of the favorites.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Fulton was one of my favorite teachers at Appleseed. He was a great teacher!

  • Thoughts and prayers for the family. Mr. Fulton was a very dedicated and caring teacher . I enjoyed his humor and dry wit working together at Malabar.

  • My prayers are with your family!! He is the one who inspired me to be a teacher and made me want to teach History. While I didn’t follow through on my desire, I NEVER FORGOT THIS AMAZING MAN!!! ❤️🙏

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.I was a student and Mr Fulton was one of my favorites.

  • Dear Fulton Family,
    I had the privilege of teaching with Bob at Malabar Middle School. We were on the same team, he always had such a great sense of humor. He touched many lives during his years of teaching. I know he will be greatly missed. Know you are all in my prayers.

  • Good memories of Bob….at the Colt football games he was always in the row below the press box with the Gattons. He could be seen at the back room of the V & M with is Mansfield City Schools friends or at Whitey’s. He always that “Bob Fulton” smile and a kind, somewhat witty, comment. He seemed to always put other people above his own health concerns. When I ask him one day how he was doing, he quickly responded”…I am OK, A better question is how is your wife doing?” The Valley has lost anther truly great guy!

  • Bob Fulton was an AMAZING man, who never met a stranger. We will miss seeing him in the Valley; we’d always walk away from our conversations with Mr. Fulton full of laughter and sunshine. He definitely had a special way of doing that to the many people he met. He left a legacy! May God and all the great memories comfort you during this difficult time! Sending prayers and hugs your way!

  • Dear Julie and family,
    I know you all knew this time would come, but, it doesn’t sting any less. Please hang on to the memories and know I’m praying for your comfort st this time.
    Mary Moore

  • Dear Julie, Andy, Jamie, and families:
    I have many fond memories of working with Bob after school at Sunburst. Reading the above condolences certainly reflect the man that I knew as well and I know how much he will be missed. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


  • Julie, Jamie, and everyone in the family, So sorry you have lost a wonderful husband and father and grandfather. What a great guy.

  • Dear Julie and family,
    We are so very sorry in the loss of your husband Bob. All of your family are in our prayers for God’s comfort during this sad time.
    Kathleen and Charlie Crawford

  • Dear Fulton Family
    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Bob was such an amazing man. Just thinking about him brings a smile to my face. Hang on to the precious memories as I’m sure there is a multitude.
    Hugs to all of you!
    Larry & Luey Dill

  • Sending you thoughts and comfort your way. Bob was always so friendly and had a contagious smile that lit up the room. I’m sorry to hear of your loss but may the memories carry you through this difficult time. Jamie, your Dad could not have been more proud of his daughter and family. He will be missed.

  • Mr. Fulton was my Homeroom and History teacher the first year Malabar became a middle school. He is honestly my fondest memory of 8th grade, and all of middle school. I can still recall so many of our conversations in the morning which were always met with a smile. Many conversations about the Browns, Buckeyes or sports in general, and he never failed to ask how everything was going. I still recall the summer after that year where he saw a friend of mine and myself walking down the street. He pulled over just to chat about our summer and offered us a ride home. You have many teachers growing up, but it’s the teachers like Mr. Fulton that leave a lasting impression on your life.

    I’m incredibly sorry for your loss of such a kind, thoughtful, outgoing, and humorous person…not to mention an excellent teacher. He will truly be missed.

  • Mr. Fulton was my 6th-grade teacher at Prospect Elementary. There are not too many teachers that I remember as fondly as I do of him. My deepest condolences to your family at this time and may you find comfort in knowing that you will see him again one day.

  • Our deepest sympathy to you Julie and your families. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jamie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Mr.Fulton was my 8th grade History teacher at Malabar Middle school. I loved being in his class because he made the class interesting. My condolences to the family on their loss.

  • Bob was one of my favorite people at Malabar. A great man and educator! Prayers of peace and comfort.

  • Julie and Family so sorry to hear about Bob he was a great guy and will surely be missed peace to all of you Janet and Tom Brumenshenkel

  • Julie and Family, so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your Family.

  • Julie and Family,
    My thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Peace be with you.

  • Dear Julie and family
    Bob was a fantastic guy, I always enjoyed him from school on ward and especially enjoyed seeing you both at the Fair . We had great conversations over the years. He was a gem. may all of your memories sustain you all through this difficult time.
    Karen Hall Geizer

  • I was a student of Mr Fulton’s hes was a exceptional teacher I wish most were like him also easy to talk to and always never gave us an assignment unless he was able to help us with it!! Im so sorry for yoyr loss the workd lost a wonderful person my condolences to u and your family mr Fulton was definitely a great person

  • Julie, From what I’ve read, I see that Bob was a much admired and respected man. I’m sure he was also a loving and wonderful husband and father. I know that if I had remained in Bellville, I would have had the pleasure of knowing him as well. May the precious memories of your life together always bring a smile to your face and comfort your heart.
    Love, Katie

  • So sorry for your loss. Mr. Fulton was one of my favorite teachers at Appleseed. He made history so much fun and I looked forward to his class everyday.

  • Julie & Family…

    My condolences to you and all the family. I will be praying for you all
    in the coming days.

  • Dear Ones,
    Sending my Heartfelt Sympathy, Prayers and Thoughts for you and your family at this most difficult time.
    Jane Ensminger (womens care inc.)

  • Uncle Bob was the epitome of a wonderful husband, father, and all around great man. He was the first one to be there to help, the first one to make me laugh and make fun of me (which I loved more than anything), and the first one I would call for advice on gardening and anything outdoors. I married into the best family anyone could ask for and especially because of Bob and Julie. I will miss that great wit and smile but I am a better person because of him. I can only hope to be as good of a human being. I love you Bob and Julie!

    • Shannon, our family is better for having you in it! You are a loving and selfless person❤️Thank you so much for the wonderful meal after visiting hours,my family will forever be grateful! Bob loved you very much,as do I❤️❤️

  • Bob’s passing is a real loss to those many friends who were so close to him. Lifetime friend of mine and will be sorely missed. Great personality and person; I’m so glad I knew him; he made us all better. So long, Pal—you will not be forgotten. Love to family members.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Fulton was one of my favorite teachers. I learned to love reading, in his class. He was such a kind, wonderful person.