Funeral service for Ronald Mullen of Emmetsburg was held Wednesday, April 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Louie Q. Gallo officiated.
Inurnment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.
Ronald Robert Mullen, son of Robert and Ruth (Olson) Mullen, was born Oct. 17, 1942 in Emmetsburg. He received his education in Emmetsburg, graduating in 1961. During his high school years, Ron was active in football, music and track, setting the current E-Hawk record for the 100 yard dash.
Ron graduated from Emmetsburg Junior College then went to Dunwoody in Minneapolis, where he was trained as an architectural draftsman. Upon completion of his education, Ron began working for Building Industries in Spirit Lake.
On May 1, 1965 Ron and Judy Freeman were married in Emmetsburg.
Ron loved 5 Island Lake. He spent his childhood on Lake Shore Drive. He later designed and built two dream homes on Acorn Falls Lane.
Ron is dad to three kids, Rod, Amy and Ana. Ron enjoyed taking his kids skiing, snowmobiling, attending their school events and having family vacations. Spicer and Leech Lakes were a few favorites.
Music was in Ron's blood and he would toot his horn any time or place he could; Emmetsburg Community Theater, summer concerts in the park, the Northwest Iowa Jazz & Concert Band, other community bands, in his basement, and at the "Jams" sessions in Texas. The house was often filled with Ron tinkering on the piano with one of the kids sitting on the edge of the bench, playing a little "Heart and Soul".
Ron retired from Mullen Steel Building after 40 years.
Eight grandkids filled Ron's retired life. He was often found in his shed with a grandkid or two or three. They loved Grandpa's tools, his tractors and his BB guns. Their favorite was to get a ride in the tractor wagon and help Grandpa build the tree house.
Working in the shed was Ron's greatest hobby. Other Ronnie favorites were clowning every St Pats Day Parade, lighting city fireworks every 4th of July, working VFW fish fries and other events, as a pilot taking flight trips with family or friends, helping build the Vets Memorial Monument in town and traveling with Judy in their retirement years.
Ron fought his battle with cancer since 2011. He never gave up his fight, always having HOPE. Ron passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, at age 71.
Ron will be remembered for his positive outlook on life, his love for Judy, his Dad wisdom and his Grandpa fun.
He is survived by his wife, Judy of Emmetsburg; his children and grandchildren, Rod (Mary Pat) Mullen of Sioux Falls, SD, and their children, Rodney, Brenna and Molly; Amy (Tom) Menage of Rock Rapids and their children, Peter and Paige; and Ana (Cory) Shirk of Emmetsburg and their children, Cole, Cade and Clay; a brother, L. James (Nohemi) Mullen of Edinburg, TX; a sister, Janice (Karl) Kischer of Spirit Lake.
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