OBITUARY

Howard Mark Mullis

December 26, 1948February 3, 2021

Howard Mark Mullis, 72, passed away at his home in Greencastle, Indiana on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 3:40 in the afternoon. He was surrounded by his family. Howard was born in Greencastle on December 26th, 1948 to the late Kenneth Mullis and Virginia (Denny) Mullis. Although Howard repeatedly expressed disdain for attending school he managed to stick with it and graduate from Bainbridge High School in 1967. Howard was a family man. He proved it daily. A dedicated and loving Dad to his 4 children; Stephanie (Ian) Nelson, Leslie (Robert) Helderman, Anthony (Abby) Mullis, and Elizabeth (Daren) Hodge, all surviving. He was a proud Grandpa to 9 grandkids; Casin, Cole (Nelson), Kennedy, Bryson, Kaden (Helderman), Braxton (Mullis), Maci, Kaleb, Mason (Hodge). He married twice. In 1975, he wed Deena Dearinger, the mother of his children. Together they raised their kids and, despite a divorce, remained close friends until the day he died. His second marriage was in 2001 to Cathy Adams. Although ending in divorce, they spent nearly two decades compiling memories that Howard recalled daily and would speak of with joy. Howard was a tireless worker. A life-long farmer who never backed down. Offer him a 100° day and a metal-blade weedeater and he'd attack every overgrown ditch and fence line on the farm. What would bring most humans to their knees he embraced. Frequently he remarked, "I need to sweat to feel alive." He loved cars, trucks, tractors, and tech gadgets (always on the cutting edge). He was notorious for venturing to small towns around the Midwest on day-long road trips to view farm machinery, a vehicle, or a mower. He loved Las Vegas. He felt the air was different and his breathing was easy. He could walk miles upon miles and never tire. It was not Indiana. It was not the farm.

He would scoff at turning on the radio but folks, he loved music. He appreciated the great singers. Andrea Bocelli, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Aaron Neville moved him to no end. The wooden bench outside the door to his garage was his sanctuary. There he could be found watching the sun rise and fall and the traffic pass, always ready for a bull session. He had his own unique meter for reading people's character. Off the bat he knew if he'd appreciate your company. He had limited time and energy and wasting it on a windbag wasn't his thing. Howard did not wish to have a memorial service. In general, he was not a fan of social gatherings so the idea of people gawking at his made-up corpse and going on about how good he looked boiled his blood. He asked to be cremated and his ashes spread over the fields of the family farm. His Dad, Kenneth Mullis, died when Howard was 16. Not a day passed he didn't think of him. He longed for one more conversation. One more moment. The consensus of his family is he finally got that moment. The moment became eternal. Memories of Howard may be shared at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.

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Patricia Warczynski

February 10, 2021

Howard will be missed. We were neighbors and friends for many many years. He helped me in numerous ways but it was always noticed and appreciated when I’d come home from work and my yard was mowed, driveway cleared of snow, emergencies with my furnace and many more. We both enjoyed travel, Bucelli and talking about kids and grandkids. He raised wonderful children and loved them dearly. He was always proud of the grand and what they were doing. I’m happy to say I stopped to visit him not too long ago. We had a nice visit. I’m sure he is happy to see his parents and catch up on stories. I’m grateful to have known him. Rest well Howard.

Larry and Huffman

February 9, 2021

Sending much love and sympathy to the family. He will be missed.

Amanda Mahoy

February 9, 2021

I had the pleasure of getting to know "Howie" while growing up and working around the Bainbridge area. I would enjoy our conversations about our families since he knew my parents. His daughter Stephanie worked with my mom for years at Krogers. She is the most generous and kindest person I know, and I saw those traits in her dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to Stephanie, Leslie, Anthony, Elizabeth and family. Hold on to the memories and keep his legacy alive through his grandchildren.

Chris Patterson

February 8, 2021

Howard was a frequent customer during my time at M-R Auto Parts. I always enjoyed waiting on him. Very thankful I got to know him and very sorry for the family's loss.

Carolyn Roth Hiser

February 8, 2021

As a classmate I knew him as Howie. We didn't see each other much over the years but it was always a pleasure when we did .

His classmates from the BHS Class of '67 will be making a contribution in his memory.

May his memory be for a blessing and a comfort.

Roger Riggen

February 8, 2021

We were good friends while I attended school at Bainbridge on my senior year. We were classmates and had several classes together and the one class we were more able to visit in, while we worked, was the Senior Shop Class. Howard was pretty out spoken and I admired that in him. If he didn't like you he would certainly in his own way, let you know it. Wasn't around him much after school but would see him from time to time and as always, enjoyed a few moments of gab. Going to miss you Howard!!! Roger and Susie Riggen

Gary Hood

February 8, 2021

I owned property next to Howard for years. We had many conversations which I will always remember. He was a good friend and neighbor and will be missed.

Staci Davies-Mundy

February 8, 2021

Fond memories of Howie... He was a dear friend to my father Bobby Davies. I always enjoyed visiting his mother's farm and his farm. He had a personality unmatched. God speed.....