Leon Bruce Fuller, 74, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on October 8, 2022. Although not a Texan by birth, he claimed Texas as his home, often borrowing the saying of “I may not have been born here but I got here as fast as I could.” Bruce was born on November 7, 1947 in Pascagoula, Mississippi and moved to Houston when he was three months old. He married his loving wife, Judith, in 1979 and became a stepfather to Jason and Erik Wagner, both of whom he helped raise into young men.
Bruce graduated from Sam Houston High School in Houston, joined the United States Air Force in October 1966, and served his country in The Philippines and Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in October 1970 and returned to the States, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University. He attended the Houston Police Academy, Class Number 75. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 13, 1976 and he served the citizens of Houston for thirty-six years in the Northeast Patrol, Emergency Communications, Special Operations, and Mounted Patrol Divisions until his retirement on January 18, 2013. During his tenure with the Houston Police Department, he worked many additional jobs, including thirty-six years at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Bruce loved his God and Savior, his biological family, and his family in Christ at Founders Baptist Church. Bruce enjoyed reading, jogging, horseback riding, dancing with his wife in the kitchen at home, and studying the Bible. For many years, he participated regularly in Special Olympics fun runs to Austin and the annual Special Olympics event there. He loved horses, dogs, and cats, especially those dogs who were in his life (Jeb, Houston, Bogey, Big Dog, and Rocky). He was a devoted member of Founders Baptist Church, where he served as an usher, on security detail, and as a trusted member with church funds. He served God and others in the strength and abilities that God provided him.
God sovereignly and graciously granted to Bruce genuine saving faith in Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord on November 5, 2000, bestowing on him the gift of eternal life in Christ. While he loved his family and friends dearly and deeply, this unmerited gift of salvation from God was preeminent; it was his greatest joy and his greatest comfort in life and in death
Bruce is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Judith; children Jennifer Fuller Ferguson (Don) and Paul Fuller (Sarah); stepchildren Jason Wagner (Andrea) and Erik Wagner (Angela); grandsons and granddaughters; siblings Calvin Fuller (Anna), Gwendolyn Townsend (Mike), Kenneth Fuller, Loraine Byars, and Melinda Harcrow (James); and countless cousins, nieces, and nephews. Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Fuller, and his mother, Sara Margaret Fuller.
Bruce’s life will be celebrated at Founders Baptist Church at 24724 Aldine Westfield Road, Spring, Texas 77373 on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. Visitation will be at 2:00 p.m. and the funeral service be at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Bruce can donate to Founders Baptist Church, www.straighttruth.net, or the Houston SPCA.
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