Earl L. Fuller, 96, of State Route. 14, Penn Yan, passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Friday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Chapel St., Penn Yan. Interment will be at Bellona Cemetery.

Earl was born on Jan. 16, 1914 in Bliss, the son of Elmer and Estella (Webster) Fuller. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a POW for three years and four months in Japan. He was retired from Robinson Cutlery in Springville. He also owned and operated a fruit orchard. He and his first wife, Irene, had a generosity of spirit, and shared their life with many children from Japan, including raising Anna Pong. Earl was an avid moose hunter and fisherman and enjoyed dancing and playing the organ. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife of 50 years, Irene Klahn and all his siblings.

Earl is survived by his living wife of 13 years, Esther; his adoptive daughter who he raised, Anna Pong; step-children, Gary (Mary), Terry, Gregory, Lori, Marcia, and Paul (Colleen) Blakely and Karen (Gary) Boscoe, step-grandchildren, Garth, Garrett, Tina, Jeremiah, Trisha, Pierce, Amelia, Mariah, Mykayla, Sienna, Kayden, and Bryant, six step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com