LOUDON, Tenn. -- Kenneth W. Mullen died on January 20, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ken was born in Muscatine, Iowa on July 10, 1939, and he graduated from Charles City High School in 1957. He married Ruth Ann Hoeft on July 11, 1959, and they started their family together in Charles City, Iowa. His career included 21 years with Oliver Corporation, which later became White Farm Equipment, in Charles City, IA, Blaw Knox Construction Equipment Company as VP of Manufacturing in Mattoon, IL, and finally International Paper Company in Shelbyville, IL.
Ken was a good-natured soul who shared his love freely with friends, family and his beloved dogs, Murphy, Hannah, Lucy and Sadie. He enjoyed watching his kids and grandchildren participate in sports, and he was their biggest fan. He exemplified unconditional love and he leaves behind a legacy. Ken was a student athlete in high school and loved sports. He continued this love with his work as Chairman of the White Farm Athletic Association where he helped provide financial support for Charles City school athletics, the YMCA, and the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
In retirement, he was an avid golfer and a charter member of the Tellico Village Riders Motorcycle Club. Ken and Ruth were faithful companions - continuously working on home improvement projects and traveling the country via motorcycle, and later in their RV.
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Ken is survived by the love of his life, Ruthie. He also leaves behind a close, loving family, which includes his children: Jeff (Daphne) Mullen of Canton, GA, Jody (David Thomas) Freeman of Knoxville, TN, Scott (Stacy) Mullen of Roswell, GA, and Sandie Mullen of Prairie Village, KS, in addition to his brother, Dennis Mullen, of Carefree, AZ. He will also be missed by his cherished grandchildren: Matthew and Jonathan Freeman, and Audrey and Oliver Mullen, as well as nieces and nephews: Pam Wilson, Mike Fisher, Kaley Bell, Joe Hoeft and Mark Mullen.
A celebration of life will be held at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Loudon, TN on January 25, 2019 at 3:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 143 Chota Center, Loudon, TN 37774, or to your local Golden Retriever Rescue group.
Click Funeral Home & Cremations is serving the family of Ken Mullen. www.clickfuneralhome.com