Reverend Glenn Straith Fuller
- February 17, 1924 - October 28, 2012
- San Rafael, California
of Glenn's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to: Amnesty International and Southern Poverty Law Center.
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“Glenn married my wife and I at Bethel Church in San Jose, CA.
We were married for twenty-seven years.
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“Glenn always had time to listen and was always interested in our family and our activities. He was a wonderful role model for our children. We will...Read More »
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“Glenn Fuller was my only uncle and I was privileged to be his “favourite Irish niece” - the fact that I was his only one didn't make any...Read More »
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“Glenn, my California "Poppsy" and his entire family mean the world to me. Over many years and memories shared with him he influenced my thinking,...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Gena Todd - Elkhart, IN
“Glenn was a man of great faith, honor, caring. A very devoted family man, his 3 daughters are some of the finest people walking the earth today. I...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Beth Elkin
“As a newly appointed Pastor at Temple United Methodist Church in San Francisco, I received an invitation for lunch from Glenn. We spent a lovely...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Schuyler Rhodes - San Francisco, CA
“Our Prayers are with your family on your passing . . .
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“Glenn was a warm, kind, and gentle man. I enjoyed getting to know him over the years and spending time with him. His loving and generous daughters...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Trina de La Chapelle - Santa Rosa, CA
The Reverend Glenn Straith Fuller died at the age of 88 on Sunday, October 28th, 2012 at home and surrounded by his family. Glenn was born on February 17, 1924 in Tientsin, China, son of Glenn Vincent Fuller and Margaret Straith Fuller, missionaries who had met and married in China. His late brother, William Fuller, was born in Peking, and his sister, Margaret Ann Lindgren, was born in Canton, Ohio. Both grandfathers were preachers and Glenn, at the age of 7 and by the side of his paternal grandfather, felt called to be a minister.
He graduated from Shanghai American School in 1941. He finished Pomona College with a B.A. in English in 1944. Glenn earned both a Bachelor of Divinity and a Master's Degree in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He completed post-graduate studies in Edinburgh, Scotland and San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.
Glenn was ordained as a United Methodist Minister in 1947. He was a member of the California Nevada Conference and pastored in the following communities: San Mateo, Greenfield, Milpitas, San Jose, Tracy, Los Altos, Almaden Hills, Palo Alto, Millbrae, Santa Cruz, and Boulder Creek.
He valued the privilege of serving three English-speaking churches overseas in Bombay, India; Seoul, Korea; and Vienna, Austria.
Beyond preaching, his many professional specialties included pastoral counseling, visitation, outreach and missions, education, retreats, and small group work for singles and young adults.
He met Kathleen(Kay) Lester from Belfast, Northern Ireland while they were both studying theology in Edinburgh, Scotland. They were married in 1954. Due to Kay's background in teaching, social work, and counseling, along with her deep faith, she became Glenn's partner in ministry. He is survived by his wife Kay, and his three daughters, Megan, Cathi(and husband David) and Mary, and his six grandchildren Rachael, Rebecca, William, Elizabeth, Jacob, and Sophia.
Glenn loved spending time with family and friends. He was a world traveler, an avid reader, and enjoyed writing memoirs and family stories. Glenn appreciated classical music and opera. His favorite activities included swimming, playing games, and enjoying nature.
Glenn spent his life working for peace and justice through the Civil Rights Movement, United Farm Workers, Amnesty International, Gay Rights, public education advocacy, and local and global hunger issues.
Glenn has left a powerful imprint on this world. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.