BLOOMINGTON — William B. Mullins Sr., 75, of Bloomington, passed away at 6:03 p.m. Tuesday (March 12, 2019) at his home with his family by his side.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, 2502 E. College, Bloomington, officiated by Pastor Brian Hastings and his granddaughter, Outreach Pastor Lauren Jacobs Hegg. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday prior to service at the church with interment immediately following in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.
William was born Oct. 22, 1943, in Berea, Ky., a son to Robert E. and Mary Elizabeth Showen Mullins. He married Mary Lynn Eisenberg on March 6, 1964, in Mount Vernon, Ky. Bill met his wife at Anglers Swim Club, and they just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last week.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Catherine (Charles) Arenson, Zionsville, Ind.; William B. Jr., (Jeanna) Mullins, Normal; Jennifer L. (Charles) Stuckey, Bloomington; Jim (Leslie) Mullins, Bloomington; John (Sara) Mullins, Milwaukee, Wis.; and Thomas J. Mullins, Chicago; nine grandchildren, Steven Mullins; Lauren Hegg; Joshua, Justin, Aaron and Sarah Jacobs; and Jade, Avery and Cole Mullins; in-laws, Ed Eisenberg, Mickey Julian and Mary Ann Mullins; and seven nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Mullins; and sister, Martha Susan Mullins.
Bill moved to Bloomington at the age of 2. Growing up in Bloomington, he attended District 87 schools as a wrestling letterman. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington where he was a Phi Gamma Delta. Upon graduation, his first career was selling yearbooks and class rings. After an early retirement, he transitioned careers to open an American Family Insurance agency, which he operated for 19 years.
Throughout his entire career he was involved in a number of civic and fraternal organizations, including PTA boards and committees at Brigham and Normal Community High School; he also served several terms as a Unit 5 school board member, a trustee for Bloomington Township Fire Department and the McLean County Republican Party. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bloomington, serving on the church board as well as many years as a youth leader.
Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He treasured his family and enjoyed his friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, Illinois Chapter, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601; or OSF Outpatient Palliative Care for Bloomington, 2265 W. Altorfer Drive, Peoria IL, 61615; or CCSI-Case Coordination Unit, 3601 General Electric Road, No. 2, Bloomington, IL 61704. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences and memories of William may be shared with the family at www.kiblerbradyruestman.com.