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Robert Mullen (1912-2005)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 11/14/2020 at 17:51:12

Funeral services for Robert Mullen, 92, of Monticello, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Monticello. Burial: Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation: after noon Friday at Goettsch Funeral Home in Monticello, where the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com Mr. Mullen died at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Monday evening, April 4, 2005. He had been a resident of the Exira Care Center for the past three years. Survivors include one son, Joe Mullen and wife Yvonne of Anita; three granddaughters, Shannon Pollock and husband Scott, and boys Callyn and Ethan of Anita, Beth Turner and husband Stephen, and children Collin and Madelyn of Omaha, and Colleen Conrad and husband Dr. Corey Conrad of West Des Moines; and one niece, Virginia Jackson of Gothenburg, Ariz. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Gertrude in 1982; and one sister, Helen Miller. Robert Vincent Mullen was born in Springville, Iowa, on Aug. 3, 1912, the son of Jim and Ethel Warford Mullen. At a young age, the family moved to Maxwell, where he grew up and attended school, graduating from Maxwell High School in 1930. He then attended Upper Iowa College in Fayette, where he graduated in 1934. He started teaching in Collins, where he became the girls' basketball coach ``quite by accident.'' He taught for a couple of years before going to work for the Milwaukee Railroad as a telegraph operator, a good paying job during the Depression. He worked at Madrid and then moved to Monticello, where he was the telegraph operator and later the Depot agent, and worked for 42 years before retiring. He also was the basketball coach at Monticello Sacred Heart for 28 years. At Sacred Heart, he first coached the girls' team and also served as boys' coach off and on. Then he took the first parochial school girls' team to the state tournament in 1946 and also went with Sacred Heart one more time in 1954. After Sacred Heart closed Bob moved on to Monticello Public School, where he added to his winning record for nine more years. Bob then moved on to Regis in Cedar Rapids, where he took the girls' team to state in 1979. He later coached at Anamosa, West Delaware, Central City and Maquoketa Valley. The Central City Wildcats also made a state tournament visit under Bob's coaching in 1991. Bob retired at age 82 but still remained very active. He was the winningest coach in the history of girls' basketball with 930 wins and also had 240-plus wins in boys' basketball. Bob was the first inductee to the Iowa Girls Hall of Fame, which was quite an honor. His wife Gertrude also made an impact on his career following him to every game, being the team statistician and team ``mom.'' Bob was an avid baseball player, then golfer most of his life and had been a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Monticello.


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