NEW BERLIN - John J. Tuller, 69, of New Berlin, passed peacefully at home with his loving family and loyal puppies by his side.
John was born on Nov. 15, 1948, to Clyde and Rose Tuller of Hartwick.
A 1967 graduate of Cooperstown Central School, after graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country as a Helicopter Air Crewman and mechanic from 1967 to 1971, serving three tours in Vietnam.
After the Navy he worked in the Carpenters Union and went to college.
He was an industrial arts teacher at BOCES for one year before deciding that he would rather be an engineer.
He met his wife, Linda, at the Hartwick Rod and Gun Club, a story their kids still giggle about today. John and Linda were married in the United Methodist Church in New Berlin on Aug. 7, 1976.
John worked as a manufacturing engineer until his retirement in 2008 and was one of the first in the area to be trained in Kaizen, something that he could transform to help any situation.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and doing many activities with his kids as they were growing up. He volunteered at church and was a leader of 4-H woodworking and electrical projects when the kids were younger. When they were older he enjoyed watching them play sports, be in plays, participate in FIRST, and show their calves and give speeches in many different organizations.
He spent much of his retirement helping his grown children by running errands and picking up parts for various equipment. He also learned the great joy of being a grandpa. He loved having the grandchildren and their friends over to swim in the pool. Often he would start a fire in the outdoor fire pit and roast hot dogs and marshmallows.
He will be greatly missed by his four-legged furry pals, Tucker and Maggie. The two four-year-old Cavachons were his first experience with lap dogs, and he loved how they would jump right up on the bed or couch and keep his feet warm or lick his face.
John is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Linda M. (Ainslie); his three children, Kristin and Rob Rumovicz, Matthew Tuller and Sheila, Mark and Amanda Tuller. He is also survived by grandchildren, William and Nathan Rumovicz, Madelyn and Ella Tuller. He is further survived by devoted brother, Dennis Tuller and wife, Linda A. Rochester; little sister, Patricia Tuller and companion, Jason Thorne, Davenport; brother-in-law, Larry Ainslie and wife, Barbara, Hartwick; and brother-in-law, Richard Twombly, Hebron, Connecticut.
He was Uncle John to Jeffrey Tuller, Michael Tuller and wife, Jenni, Michelle Courtroul and husband, Jamie, Jeffrey Ainslie and wife, Aimee, Bradley Ainslie and wife, Carol, Kate (Ainslie) Hitchcock and husband, Dan, Thomas French and Sean Twombly.
Special friends, Drew and Jillian Newby and children of Binghamton and Ryan Newby and fiancée, Shannon Shaw of Syracuse, were like family for the past 20 years and spent many holidays with John as members of the Tuller family.
John was predeceased by his parents; and sister-in-law, Gail (Ainslie) Twombly.
Friends may call from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at the Dakin Funeral Home in New Berlin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unadilla Valley Community Scholarship Fund or DAV.org.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church.
The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in the Hartwick Cemetery in the spring.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dakinfuneralhome.com.
Services are by the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin.
Published on February 7, 2018