Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Dwight Hunter Fuller

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Dwight Hunter Fuller, who was born Jan. 23, 1936, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at his home in Leavenworth, Kan.

At the time of his death it was 16 minutes after midnight eastern standard time. Dwight was born at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. and left his physical existence to be with God minutes after his 75th birthday. He left us, as it should be, singing happy birthday in celebration of his life.

Dwight graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1959. Dwight went on to become an airborne ranger and served two tours in Vietnam. He met his spouse Frieda while on his first assignment in Ulm, Germany. His career included several assignments in Germany, which allowed Frieda to be close to her family and their children to expand their life experience beyond the ordinary. After retiring, Dwight went to work at Ft. Leavenworth for a defense contractor in the battlefield simulation business where he helped trained senior Army officers in military tactics.

Dwight's life was defined by three pillars:  Family, Country, Faith.

As a father and husband he set the standard for strength, integrity and compassion. Confident but never too proud, stern but never angry, and always, always, putting his family before himself.  As an Army officer he dedicated himself to the cause of his country. "Duty, Honor, Country," was a guiding principle to Dwight, not a fanciful catch phrase. His Catholic Faith was about living as Christ commanded.  He wasn't a "good Catholic," he was a "great Catholic," having lived by the principle that good works were his obligation to others in exchange for God's gift of free will to him.

These three pillars were the purposes for Dwight's existence and always stood in front of his own self-interest. His mission in life was to build and strengthen these pillars. His mission has been accomplished. He now joins God on the high ground where he will continue to guide and inspire us.

Dwight is survived by his wife, Frieda; their five children, Mike, Dwight, Margaret, Joseph, and Dean; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Dwight lived selflessly, with the utmost dignity and respect for others. We will miss him on this earth, cherish our memories of him, and always look to his spirit for guidance.

He was cremated. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.