Mullin, Theodore Michael
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Theodore Michael "Moon" Mullin, Lt. Col, USAF, Ret., formerly of Sheboygan, took his final flight on March 5, 2014. Destination: Heaven.
Our Dad was the eldest son of Theodore John and Mary Chopp Mullin born October 9, 1923, in Sheboygan. After graduating from Sheboygan's North High School in 1941, Dad enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He became a fighter pilot and was assigned to the 14th Air Force "Flying Tigers" at Kunming, China under the command of Lt. Gen. C. L. Chennualt.
After the war, while on an R&R in Omaha, our Dad met his future wife, Virginia "Jimmie" McKeegan, and in November 1945 they married. Mom became the military wife moving with her husband from base to base, state to state, keeping the home fires burning while Dad climbed through the ranks and continued to protect our country.
After the war Dad's military assignments included fighter pilot instructor and B-36 and B-52 crew navigator assignments. The last six years of his service was Operations War Planner for the SAC (Strategic Air Command) for the Chiefs of Staff of the Department of Defense. For recognition of his work he was awarded the Department of Defense Commendation Medal.
During our Dad's 24 years of active service he and Mom, with great love, raised their two children. We camped, fished, traveled and knew that our friends were always welcome in our home. Dad was an avid golfer and enjoyed a large social circle. Dad retired from Mather AFB in Rancho Cordova, CA. He pursued a couple civilian jobs as salesman for food distributors; however, his biggest life pursuit was travel. He visited most every state and many countries throughout his life. He was proud of his Irish heritage and visited Ireland on five different occasions. In 1991, our Mom passed away. Dad remained in Rancho Cordova, CA until December of 2012 when, due to health issues, he moved to Chico, CA.
As a widower, Dad rekindled a relationship with his high school sweetheart. They enjoyed 15 strong years of travel, deep friendship and laughter. Dad is survived by his soul mate, Dottie Areas Hartenberger, of Sheboygan; daughter, Kathie (Gerry) Watson of Chico, CA; son, Theodore "Skip" (Cheryl) Mullin of El Dorado, CA; his brother, Raymond (Helen) Mullin of Northbrook, IL; granddaughters, Dana (Guy) Watson Pitman and Tracy (Jim) Watson Houtman of Chico, CA; Kelle (Travis) Mullin Porter, Kristin and Kara Mullin of Sacramento, CA.. He also leaves behind 6 great-grandchildren, Kyle Koshak, Jake and Megan Houtman, Jordan Pitman, Remy Porter and Jordan Perez as well one great- great- granddaughter, Maya Koshak, born March 11, 2014, five days after his death.
A service in his memory will take place at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Friday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. For those that wish, donations can be made to the Paradise Hospice House, 1289 Bille Rd., Paradise, CA 95969.
May God grant
A sunbeam to
A moonbeam to
A sheltering angel, so
nothing can harm you.
We love you Dad. Thanks for the lessons you taught us and the love you gave us.
Published in Sheboygan Press on Apr. 6, 2014