History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
The original funeral home was established, owned and operated by Leo. W. Patterson in 1916. It was located where the Globe Gazette now stands. Floyd M. James purchased the funeral business from L. W. Patterson in 1946, two years prior to Leo's death. In 1950, Mr. James purchased the William E. Brice residence at the corner of 2nd St. SE and Pennsylvania to be remodeled, enhancing the detailed craftsmanship of the woodwork, to house the funeral home in 1951. The ownership progressed to Richard C. James, Floyd's son and Steven R. Sellergren. Richard "Dick" bought out Steve in 1985. James M. Fullerton purchased the Mason City and Rockwell chapels from Dick in 1986. The Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt, Charles City, operated by Almer "Bud" and Shirley Hage for 35 years, was purchased by Jim in 1991. Both the Mason City and Charles City chapels feature beautiful and stately pipe organs. The Rockwell chapel, 120 S. 23rd St., has recently undergone a remodeling project of both the interior and exterior. In 1998 the Rockford location was added to the family of funeral homes. It to has been extensively remodeled to provide an atmosphere of comfort and caring staff. The new addition in Mason City was opened for operations in January of 2000. The Fullerton Funeral Home staff is available for information, tours and educational seminars on various aspects of funeral related topics such as cremation, grief support, embalming, pre-arrangements, disaster preparedness, and funeral service as a profession. Members of the staff have a high level of community involvement. They provide training for Mass Fatality Incident Response and participate as a period embalmer in the Mason City Civil War Re-enactment. Professional memberships that the staff are associated with include Iowa Funeral Directors Association, National Directors Association, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, and the National Disaster Mortuary Service Team.
Our Valued Staff
James M. Fullerton BSMS, CFSP, FD&E
Jim has been in funeral service since 1977. He has been very active with several different fraternal and service organizations in Mason City and currently serves as a Trustee and nation wide Membership Chairman for the National Foundation for Mortuary Care, a non-profit disaster foundation. Jim is so well grounded in his values and beliefs and his commitment to excellence is obvious. He is the head coach--- awesome responsibility but also a great opportunity! Coaches inspire their team to play their best all day every day. This takes constant and consistent support from him and his willingness to invest. His experience in operating the business from all avenues and having served in all capacities gives him the knowledge and ability to manage and deal with people, meeting deadlines, and making sure families are served with the respect and care they deserve. He graduated from Rudd-Rockford, Marble Rock High School, North Iowa Area Community College and the University of Minnesota. Jim is married to Kelly "Klatt" They have seven children between them, Alyssa, Taylor, Samuel, Olivia, Annika, Benjamin, and Ella. All attend school in Mason City.
He is responsible for the strategic issues, external relations, and overall corporate governance. His role is to synthesize all sources and set and maintain the company's goals and objectives, which become, in their composite form, the company's vision. The CEO must also play a role in supporting that vision both by example and by internally communicating it's nature and focus. The CEO will ensure that our corporation meets both the employee's and the families needs.