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Joseph L. Mullins

June 5, 1937 ~ March 26, 2016 (age 78)

  Joseph L. Mullins, 78 of Payson, IL died at 5:05 p.m. Saturday (March 26, 2016) in the Illinois Veterans Home.

  He was born June 5, 1937 in Quincy, Joe was the son of John and Iva M. (McDowell) Mullins.  Joseph met and married his high school sweetheart Donna K. (Oitker) from Liberty, IL on August 29, 1957.  They had four children.

   Joe is survived by his wife, two daughters, Cheryl Lay (Larry) of Plainville, IL and Denise Scheer (Rick) of Quincy and twin sons John and Jason Mullins of Payson.  A granddaughter Kaleen Lay and a grandson Caleb Lay both of Plainville; a sister Bonnie Huddleston (Junior) of Liberty; two sister in-laws Norma Surratt (Kenneth) of Payson, Doris E. Newman Blackwell (Chris) of Wichita, KS and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Donnie Mullins and his children Junior and Judy Mullins.

   Joe grew up in Liberty, Fishhook and Baylis area and then moved to Payson.  He was a 1955 graduate of Liberty High School always excelling in whatever he did.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, basketball, golf (where he made a hole-in-one), bowling (was shy 2 pins of a perfect game), playing cards and drawing.  He was an excellent carpenter, farmed and loved gardening.  He also loved spending time with his cats, squirrels and birds.  Joe and his friend Leonard Gross helped him build their family home.  He also helped Pastor Bob Cook build the House of Prayer Church in Kinderhook, IL.

   His career began in the Navy from 1955-1959 where he was a Yeoman 1st Class.  After serving in the Navy, he became a debt collector in the Rock Island area.  He then secured a position with Gardner Denver Company where he worked as a time keeper, working his way up to Assistant Traffic Manager and eventually Shop Foreman before retiring after 36 years.

  After retirement, he decided to go to work for Wal-Mart.  He worked there for many years in the sporting good department with some really special guys he became good friends with.  Joe never knew a stranger and would strike-up a conversation with anyone.  His wit, humor and jovial personality will sadly be missed by everyone.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning 10:30 a.m. in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Cook officiating.  Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post No. 37 and the Scott AFB Funeral Honor Guard will be in Quincy Memorial Park.

   Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 and Wednesday morning until time of services at the funeral home.  

   Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Alzheimer's Unit or to Fishing for Freedom.
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