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 Marc Fullerton, Owner
Alyssa Nicole Fullerton, Licensed Funeral Director
Alyssa is the oldest daughter of James and Kelly Fullerton. She was born and raised in Mason City and graduated from Mason City High School in 2009. She earned her AA Degree from North Iowa Area Community College in 2010 and then transferred to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, IA. In 2012 she graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Mortuary Science. She serves all four Fullerton Funeral Home locations as a Licensed Funeral Director and Pre-Need Specialist. Alyssa is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Iowa Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. Alyssa's son Gunner James was born in November of 2014. In her free time she enjoys being with her son Gunner, family, and friends. Alyssa has a Brittany spaniel named Bailey and cat named Morticia. She is an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and Iowa Hawkeye fan.
Nicole "Nicki" Marie Lessor, Secretary/Bookkeeper
Nicole “Nicki” (Dutcher) Lessor, is the middle daughter of Mike and Kandi Dutcher of Mason City. She is also the granddaughter of the late Bob and Colleen Dutcher. She was born and raised in Mason City, graduating from Mason City High School in 1995 and then attending North Iowa Area Community College. She was active in athletics and chorus while in school. Nicki married Jeff Lessor in 2003 at Trinity Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed and has been a lifelong member. Their son Jaxon Robert was born in December of 2008 and attends Jefferson Elementary School. They also have 2 dogs (a Yorkie names Boo and a Mastiff named Bella). Nicki is starting her 6th year at Fullerton Funeral Home in October. She is responsible for filing all legal and necessary paperwork of the deceased for all 4 locations. She handles all of the account receivables/payables. Nicki also takes care of all of the personalization and publishing of our memorial packages and is most likely the first person you seen when you come into our Mason City location. When not with her “work” family, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and extended family as well as her friends. Nicki is a die-hard New York Yankee fan! She is very active in Mason City Youth Baseball, where she serves on the Board of Directors and is the Commissioner of her son’s league as well as his team Coach. She also serves as a Youth Mentor at Trinity Lutheran Church as well as a Sunday school teacher.
Jeff Lee Magner, Funeral Assistant
Jeff is a life long resident of Mason City, Iowa. He graduated from Rockwell-Swaledale High School in 2004. After studying law enforcement for one year at NIACC he enlisted in the United States Navy in 2006. He then graduated the Navy Master-At-Arms schooling at Lackland Air Force Base and served at NSA New Orleans with the US Navy security forces with expertise in law enforcement, national defense, and global war on terrorism at the rank of MA3. Jeff was honorably discharged in 2008 and served in the US Navy Reserve until 2012. Jeff has been a valuable member of Fullerton Funeral home since 2012. Jeff is a Certified Cremation Operator with Cremation Services of North Iowa, located at the Mason City funeral home. He assists with upkeep of the funeral homes buildings and grounds. You will often see him on visitations as well as funerals. Jeff is a lifelong (bury me in purple) Minnesota Vikings fan and in his free time enjoys golfing, camping, and working out at the Mason City YMCA where he has been a member since 2009. Jeff is single and enjoys spending time with friends and family including his funeral home family.