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January 31, 2014

Richard Mullenix

HEDRICK — Richard A. Mullenix, 79, of Red Oak, died Jan. 30, 2014, at his home.

Richard Arthur Mullenix, the son of Wilbur and Almyra (Miller) was born May 8, 1934 in Wapello County, Iowa. Richard was raised in Wapello County. He graduated from Hedrick High School in 1952 and started college at Iowa State University. Richard was united in marriage to Faye Townsend on June 19, 1955, at Blakesburg. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Iowa State and in 1965, Richard, Faye and sons made their home in Red Oak. He worked for Farmers National Company as a farm manager from 1965-81. Richard then started his own farm management company, Iowa Heritage Company. During the past number of years, Richard drove a delivery truck for Red Oak Greenhouse.

History was an important part of Richard’s life. He believed if you didn’t talk about it, it would be forgotten. He was a member of the Montgomery County Historical Society and was instrumental in acquiring and relocating the Pittsburgh School, Stipe Cabin and Wilson Post Office. Richard was the organizer and speaker for the sesquicentennial at the Mars Hill Log Church. He was a lifelong member of the Baptist church, currently the First Baptist Church in Red Oak, and especially enjoyed singing gospel music in country churches.

Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years, Faye Mullenix of Red Oak; sons and grandchildren, John Mullenix of Red Oak, Robert and Liz Mullenix of Oxford, Ohio, and their children, Tom, Charles and Livi, William and Dee Mullenix of Bloomington, Ill., and their children, Jake, Leah and Coleman, and Kyle and Tami Mullenix of Sioux City and their children, Tyler, Rebekah and Brandon; brother, Judson Mullenix of Southlake, Texas; and brother-in-law, Don Townsend of Blakesburg; other relatives and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and son, Tom.

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