Earl Mullen, 91, was dedicated to everything in his life, according to his daughter, Kathy Mullen of Lansing. “He was a man devoted to everything — his family, his employer and his church,” she said.
Born in Veedersburg, Indiana, Mullen grew up on a farm where they raised pigs and chickens and farmed corn and wheat.
Following high school, Mullen moved to Northwest Indiana looking for work. “That’s when he furthered his schooling and met my mom,” said his daughter.
He married his wife Ruth Turner in 1947 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hammond. He remained active in the church where he served as an elder. The family moved to Lansing in 1955.
Mullen went to work at Inland Steel, where he retired after 34 years as a supervising industrial engineer. “He worked his way up for many years into the main office there in East Chicago,” said his daughter.
In 1998, Mullen suffered a heart attack and had gone through rehabilitation at Fitness Pointe. He was the recipient of support through the Mended Hearts Program, a support group for patients that is operated with volunteers who are former cardiac patients. Following his experience, he wanted to give back by also serving as a volunteer with the program.
When he was working at Inland Steel, he joined a fishing club with some co-workers and belonged to it for more than 40 years. “He loved to fish in Wisconsin and Minnesota,” said his daughter. “He was always a great fisherman.”
He also had two granddaughters from his other daughter, Lisa Mullen, and son-in-law David Roughton.
“He was a wonderful father who always wanted to lend a hand to anyone he could help,” said daughter, Kathy. “He was a virtuous man who had high ethics and morals.