07/07/51 – 03/07/15
Blessed with gratitude and acceptance and surrounded by family, Al passed away at home on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Known to his immediate family and childhood friends as “Butch,” he was a friend to all and was loved by many. After a courageous and lengthy battle with illness he died as he had lived, with a quiet and considerable sense of strength.
Al is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years Linda; sisters, Loretta (Steve) Spinrad and Alice (Ken) Jehle; sisters-in-law, Mary (Tom) Bradley and Nancy (Randy) Erridge; and stepsister, Pat (Jack) Ruzgis. He is also survived by his loving father and mother-in-law, Richard and Lydia Pfister, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Al was born and lived in Lansing his entire life and was proud of that fact. He managed a number of local retail establishments but most notably owned and operated Fuller’s Fish and Seafood in the Colonial Village Shopping Center for 20 years. Later in his career he worked at the Oak Park YMCA while patiently waiting for his wife to retire from teaching.
Al especially loved boating, camping, picnicking, fishing and all sports. He shared these passions with many others in the family. He was an enthusiastic observer of his nephews’ sporting events in the rain, snow, sleet and cold often traveling across the state to do so and he spent countless hours pulling children behind his boat on multiple water toys. He especially enjoyed Michigan’s northern backcountry and loved to explore the Sapphire Lake, Houghton Lake, Ludington and Gun Lake forest areas with his wife.
Al touched many lives and hearts in his 63 years. He was known for being especially gentle, considerate and respectful and was a very good listener who was loved by all who knew him. Family members cherish warm memories of Al and are grateful for his legacy of love, goodness, patience and acceptance. To keep this spirit alive, the family requests that you perform a random act of kindness in his memory. Al enjoyed the simple things in life, so plant a living thing, make time for family or perhaps do something for a child.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, Loretta and Bob Atmore Sr. and Alfred Fuller Sr., and stepbrother Bob Atmore Jr.
The family offers its heartfelt thanks to Sparrow Home Hospice with special recognition to Terri, Casey, Mary and Tom. Also, special thanks to Drs. Melvin, Thakur and Linz who kept him going for so many years despite his significant health challenges.
At Al’s request, a private family memorial is being planned. Those wishing to honor his memory with a contribution can do so to Sparrow Home Hospice, the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Lansing Chapter) or Meals-On-Wheels. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.EstesLeadley.com