Former Indianapolis attorney Samuel Fuller dies at 94

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Samuel A. Fuller, a former Indianapolis lawyer who had been active in the Indianapolis and Indiana state bar associations, died May 10 at his home in Sun City Center, Florida. He was 94.

According to his obituary, Fuller first practiced primarily as a trial lawyer in Indianapolis with Stewart, Irwin, Gilliom, Fuller and Meyer, and later with Lewis, Kappes, Fuller and Eads. He was admitted to practice law in Ohio in 1948, Indiana in 1951, and Florida in 1984.

Fuller graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in general engineering in 1946 and Juris Doctor in 1947. He received his designation as a Certified Financial Planner from the College for Financial Planning in 1989.

Fuller had been an active member of numerous organizations, serving on the Indiana State Bar Association board of managers from 1986-1988, as treasurer of the Indianapolis Bar Association between 1961-1962, and as president of the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis in 1966.  

He was also a member of the 7th Circuit Bar Association, The Florida Bar, Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, among others.

Fuller began his career as a claims representative for the Manufacturers and Merchants Indemnity Insurance Company in Cleveland and transitioned to the Indemnity Insurance Company of North America as a claims supervisor.

He returned to Indianapolis to practice with Murray, Mannon, Fairchild and Stewart; later, Stewart, Irwin, Gilliom, Fuller and Meyer.

Fuller was also the president and director of Irsugo Consolidated Mines Ltd., director of Midland Electric Coal Corporation, director of Indiana Public Health Foundation from 1972-1984 and served as an instructor at Purdue University Life Insurance Marketing Institute from 1954 to 1961 and the American College of Life Underwriters from 1964 to 1974.

At the end of 1989, Fuller retired from Lewis, Kappes, Fuller and Eads and moved to Sun City Center. A memorial mass was held there for him Wednesday.

He is survived by his brother, John G. Fuller; three daughters, Mary Cheryl Hargrove, Karen E. Wolfe and Deborah R. Fuller; and one grandchild, Carolyn Marie Wolfe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Winn (Hamilton) Fuller, and two grandsons, Jon Ashby Hargrove and James Fuller Hargrove. Donations can be made to Catholic Charities or Season’s Hospice Foundation.

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