• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Ron Fulton’s last ride in nephew’s 1967 Chevy pickup

In life, Ron Fulton always had a love of cars and trucks.

So after his funeral at Versailles Baptist Church last Friday afternoon,

April 9, his flag draped casket was placed in the bed of a 1967

Chevrolet for his last drive on Main Street in downtown Versailles to

Rose Crest Cemetery on Troy Pike.

What could’ve been a very sad drive to the cemetery wasn’t.

“A hearse would’ve been really sad,” said son Ronnie Fulton. But because

his dad, 76, chose a different mode of transportation, “we were all

smiling when he was going down the road,” he added.

Ron Fulton’s nephew, Jason George, owns the 1967 Chevy pickup, which “he

built from the ground up,” said Ronnie. “And my dad just really liked it.”

So about a year or two ago, his dad told Jason that he wanted to go to

the cemetery in the orange pickup truck, which has a 1,200 horsepower

engine. “It’s a beast and he only uses it for shows, pretty much, and

things like that,” said Ronnie.

His dad’s friend, Ed Noon, owner of Care Cremation, told Ron, “We’ll

make it happen if you want to make it happen.”

And although Ron’s wife Barbara opposed the idea, the two friends, with

the help of a nephew and his souped-up truck, made it happen.

“We could hear it,” said Ronnie, when recalling his dad’s last ride. “…

You could smell the racing fuel …”

Ron Fulton, who served his country in the Army, bought his first car

when he was 14 and started driving, his son told the Sun. He said his

dad owned a 1969 GTO when he married Barbara.

Until he was slowed by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in recent years, Ron

decorated what many in Versailles came to know as the Christmas House in

Stonegate subdivision, Ronnie said.

Ron dressed as Santa and threw candy to children from his roof, “and I

thought that was normal when I was little,” said Ronnie. “I didn’t

realize that wasn’t normal.”

It wasn’t until he grew older that he came to understand what his dad

did for Christmas was not the norm, he added.

Ron battled cancer for 14 years, but kept working until the last couple

of months when he no longer felt up to it, his son said.

The former master electrician “became my helper after he retired,” said

Ronnie. “He worked for lunch. He worked for food. He’s the best employee

I ever had.”

Before ending his conversation with the Sun, Ronnie shared his dad’s

last words to his family. “I’m ready to go. I’m ready to go up.”

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