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Thursday May 19, 2022 saw the passing of a true Son of Fulton when Warren Wiersema, 95, passed away. Born 2/1/1927 to Burnie and Jeanette Wiersema, Warren was the oldest of three siblings, sister Gloria and brother Bruce, both of whom preceded him in death.
Warren grew up on 15th Avenue, then part of the old Lincoln Highway, where he sat curbside admiring the trucks rolling by. Some of his childhood sketches foretold his lifelong passion for "big rigs" as well as his artistic ability. As he grew, he would work for free all day just to receive a ride in one.
Mr. Wiersema lettered his first truck when he was 12. He said the work was fine, but he misspelled the owner's name. That began a career that put food on the table for a family of five who worshipped him.
After graduating from Fulton High School in 1945, Warren joined the Army, where he played baritone in a regimental band. Fortunately, the war ended before he had to trade his horn for a rifle, and he returned to Fulton to marry his high school sweetheart, Pauline Dornbush. They built a house on 9th Avenue where they raised their 3 children, Doug, Laurel and Karen.
Along with operating a successful sign business, Warren had time to indulge his love for music thru participation with the Clinton Area Band and Clinton Symphony. As for serving his home town, he served first as an alderman, then as mayor of Fulton for 20 years. He also represented Fulton in their Flood District after guiding the city through the flood of '65.
His later years were occupied by work, his dear friend Betty Voss, and his grandchildren, Christopher, Kevin, Shana, Brian and Andrew. He loved to reminisce over a good cigar, and will be fondly remembered by his family and friends.
Warren was preceded in death by his loving wife, Pauline, and a grandson, Brian Barry.
Visitation will be held on Sunday May 22, 2022 from 3-7 PM at McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. The funeral will follow on Monday at 10:00 AM at Fulton Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Catherine Martin officiating. Burial with military honors will conclude at Fulton Township Cemetery.