OBITUARY

Donald Gene Mullins Sr.

September 22, 1944April 10, 2018
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Donald Gene Mullins Sr., age 73, passed away on April 10, 2018 at his home in Peru. Donald was born on September 22, 1944 in Norton, Virginia to the late Robert and Fannie (Rogers) Mullins. Donald earned his GED, and then enlisted in the United States Army National Guard and served his country honorably for 2 years. He then found work at Chrysler in Kokomo as a janitor, and worked there for 38 years. In October of 1965, Donald married Betty J. Arbuckle in Kokomo. They had four children together and later divorced, but remained friends. Betty preceded Donald in death on July 15, 2017. Donald really enjoyed purchasing lottery tickets. He was also an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana University basketball. Most of all, Donald loved children and spent a lot of time playing with his great grandchildren. Donald is survived by his children, Brian (Jannett) Mullins, Ronda (Cory) Lodge, and Shane Mullins; brother, Wayne (Teresa) Mullins; sister, Patty (Sandy) Shaff; grandchildren, Cole Lodge, Chantel (Brian) Williams, Dusti (Milton) Sarango, Carly Lodge, Emily Lodge, Morgan Day, and Violence Mullins; and great grandchildren, Jackson Lodge, Rosalie Williams, Gabriel Day, and Grayor Day. In addition to his parents and the mother of his children, Donald was preceded in death by a son, Donald Mullins Jr., and a sister, Linda Germaine. There will be a public visitation for Donald held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home on Saturday, April 14th from 11-1, with a funeral service immediately following. Donald will then be laid to rest at Barnett Cemetery in Kokomo.

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  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Donald Gene Mullins Sr. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Donald was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Donald knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

       His parents were Robert B and Fannie M Mullins. Donald was raised in Kokomo, Indiana and Frankfort, Indiana. Even as a youngster, Donald learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Donald was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Donald was raised with three siblings. He had two sisters, Linda Germaine and Patty Shaff, and one brother, Wayne Mullins. Donald had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Donald, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Donald's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Donald enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. In his spare time he liked collecting and reading comic books.


      Donald was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Donald was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Donald came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Ralph Harrison and Billy Shoemaker. Later in life, he became friends with JR Brown and Jim Germaine.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Donald reveled in the security of his family. One of Donald’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Donald was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Donald would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Donald was blessed with four children, Donald Jr., Brian, Ronda, and Shane. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren, Cole, Chantel, Dusti, Carly, Emily, Violence, and Morgan.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Donald was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Donald was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Donald upheld his standards. His primary occupation was a janitor at KTP Chrysler. He was employed for 38 years. Donald was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Donald was a member of the Army National Guard. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women.

      Donald approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were watching Indianapolis Colts football and Indiana University basketball. Donald was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Donald to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. Donald enjoyed hunting. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Colts football and IU basketball.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Donald liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, Donald was an active member of the UAW 685.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Donald used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Donald had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Branson, Missouri and Florida.

      Donald was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Donald’s favorites was a cat, White Kitty. They were best friends for six years.

      When Donald’s retirement finally arrived in 2000, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Kokomo, Indiana. In retirement, he found new pleasure in helping out with his grandkids. In many ways, Donald loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Donald passed away on April 10, 2018 at his home in Peru, Indiana. Donald had suffered a heart attack. He is survived by his children Brian, Ronda and Shane; his brother, Wayne; sister, Patty; and grandkids & great grandkids. Services were held at Sunset Memory Garden. Donald was laid to rest in Barnett Cemetery.

      All who knew him would agree that Donald was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Donald Gene Mullins Sr. did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.