Dr. Robert Edward Fulkerson, Jr.

October 15, 1954 – April 18, 2019

Robert Fulkerson, also referred to as Bob or Dr. Dude, was born on October 15, 1954 in Albuquerque, NM to Robert Edward Fulkerson Sr. and Audrey Virginia (Moen) Fulkerson.  At a young age, the Fulkerson family moved to Colorado, where he and his nine siblings were raised.  After graduating from Alameda High School in 1972 Bob enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, in which he proudly served from 1974 – 1977.  He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.  Bob was proud to have served his country.

Proceeding his service, Bob attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and graduated with a BA in Ecology.  It was here he met his first wife Jill and soon became a father to three daughters.  Throughout his life Bob shared his love of nature and the outdoors with his children, nieces, nephews, and siblings.  He was passionate about camping, hiking, fishing, trail running and riding his Harley.  He pushed himself to the limits earning his title as an ultra-marathoner in many races including the Leadville 100, Golden 100, and other 24-hour races.  After a 32-year career in I.T., he continued on his educational journey at the University of Phoenix to obtain his MA in Information Systems and went on to earn his doctorate in Leadership and Management in 2014.  It is through this program that he met his soulmate, Teresa Ann (Teri) Childress and moved to Alabama to begin a life with her.  He attributed his success to his mother, Audrey, for her belief in him and long talks that taught him how the mind is a gift for exploration, to his father, Bob Sr. for teaching him about work ethic and for showing him the equality he saw in humanity, and to his sweetheart, Teri, for her love, patience, and endless support.

Thanks to a life-long love of learning and quest for expanding his knowledge, Bob was delighted to share his many philosophical writings with friends and family, often showing off his trademark humor and sarcasm.  He expressed pride in tending to his and Teri’s animals, and found enjoyment in working on their farm.  He was also and avid music lover and enjoyed listening to classic rock artists such as The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Neil Young, Blues artists including BB King and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers.  Bob was a collector of old western movies and had a special appreciation for Clint Eastwood films.  He was known for his quick wit, complex and in-depth conversations, and how he radiated peace of mind, body, and spirit in his final years.

Bob was preceded in death by his brother Randy, his father, Bob Sr., and his mother, Audrey.  He is survived by this three daughters, Shana (Matt) Ryken, Terra (Nate) Manning, and Halie (James) Gianulis, his eight grandchildren, Trenton, Jamie, Oliver, Amelia, Eliza, Joelle, Siena, and Edison, his brothers and sisters, Rebecca, Rene, Russell, Rhonda, Resl, Rhea, Ramona, and Ronald, and his many nieces and nephews.

Bob and Teri shared a special love and when they married, he was welcomed in to her family as a valued and respected member.  He is also survived by Teri, his step-sons, Evan (Becca) Weathers, Austin (Kelsey) Weathers, his grand-daughters, Kiki and Riley Weathers (who loved their Papa Bob so much), Teri’s family and many friends.

In honor of his life and service to his country, Bob will be laid to rest on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at the Alabama National Cemetery at 1:15PM.  The family suggests sending memorial contributions to Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (14ers.org) to support the Colorado mountains Bob loved so dearly.

In the words of Dr. Dude, “Enjoy the ride, the journey is amazing.”


  1. Nicki Harris on April 21, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I’m sure Bob is up in Heaven in deep discourse with the angels where he will wait for all his loved ones. Prayers for his family, especially Teri and his daughters.

  2. Teri Fulkerson on April 21, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Hi sweetie. I love you so much. I am going to miss you. It’s not real

  3. Teri on April 21, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I love you sweetheart

  4. Crystal Vincent on April 21, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    It was a pleasure working with Dr. Bob (as I called him). He was such a nice, pleasant, and positive man! Teri, my thoughts and prayers are with you and his family. (((HUGS)))

    Love you!

  5. Halie Gianulis on April 21, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I love you daddy! You’re so greatly missed and all of our hearts have a hole that can never be filled.

  6. Chloe Childress on April 22, 2019 at 1:04 am

    I know Bob is with our Heavenly Father and at peace. I am thankful for the time I had to know him, and I know he was so loved by many. I wish the best for Teri and his daughters, and I am deeply sorry for their loss.

  7. Randy Bryant on April 23, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Wonderful tribute Teri. Always liked Bob and my heart goes out to you and your family during this time. Praying for y’all.

  8. Zac & Karla Childress on April 24, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Bob will be truly missed by so many. We send our love, thoughts and prayers to Teri and his daughters as well as the rest of his family here and away.

  9. carolyn childress on April 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I knew when we met you an adventure was going to happen RIP Dr. Dude

  10. Craig Bartel on April 29, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Intense and with Gusto is the way I will always remember Bob. I knew him well, in our high school and 20s-40s, youth. My sincere condolences go out to Teri, his brothers and sisters, and the whole family. I know he will surely be missed by all who knew him.

  11. Bill Price on May 13, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I would like to send my deepest sympathy and condolences to Bobs wife Teri, his daughters and his siblings. Although I hadn’t seen Bob since we were teenagers in Colorado, I have many fond memories of our time together as friends. I had recently reconnected to him on Facebook. Bob actually saved my life one time. I only wish I would have had the opportunity to see him again. Rest in Peace Bob. Sincerely, Bill Price

  12. Michael Thomas on May 29, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Bob and I were good friends in high school. We skied together. He was crazy on the slopes. He owned a green dodge dart, one tIime I tought he would dive he and i off of Loveland pass. We camped together. He was a great guy. I havent seen him since high school. Ive thought of him throughtout the years. No one will forget a guy like him. I have great memories. Rest in peace my friend. Mike thomas, alameda 72, South carolina now.

  13. Michael Thomas on May 30, 2019 at 8:39 am

    I was sorry to hear of Bobs passing. He and I were good friends in high school. We skied together. We camped together. I will always remember one ski trip in his green dodge dart with a v8. He almost drove us off of Loveland Pass. He skied like that too. He was a hard charger. I am sorry not to have seen him since high school but have good memories. My condolences to the family. Michael Thomas, now in South Carolina.

  14. Andy Andrews on January 3, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    I just learned of Bob’s passing, and am very sorry. I served with Bob in Okinawa while in the Marines. He was a great character and my memories of him from all those years ago are indelible. He was, in addition to everything else, undoubtedly the most physically fit person I’ve ever known. Rest in Peace, Bob. You are forever in my memory. Andy Andrews.