Robert Wyman "Bob" Mullenger (1930 - 2011)

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Robert W. Mullenger

Robert Wyman Mullenger, 80, son of Ruth Harvey and Robert Theodore Mullenger passed away on Sept. 24, 2011 in Herndon, Va., He was born Nov. 13, 1930 on the family farm.
He attended Hamlin #5 Country Grade School then attended Audubon High School graduating with the class of 1951.
He went to Iowa State University majoring in Aeronautical Engineering. He was a member of the Pershing Rifle Drill Team and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force ROTC program. He graduated with the rank of Lieutenant in 1955.
He then attended the University of Colorado where he received his master's degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Bob had a passion for flying and trained to become a USAF fighter jet combat pilot. He flew 101 missions in an F-100 jet. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Medal and his 5th Air Medal for displaying outstanding heroism and selfless devotion for his country.
He was stationed in Los Angeles after his tour in Viet Nam, actively involved in the Gemini Space Capsule Project.
He married Judith Skiff in Long Beach, Calif. in 1973. Later they were transferred to Washington, D.C. where he continued working on defense projects.
Bob retired from the Air Force with the rank of Lt. Colonel, after 22 years of service. He then went to work at Computer Science Corp., for a number of years, then worked with the Northrup-Grumman Corp., in the early development of the space station for 10 years.
He became a realtor and retired from that in 1977. Bob was a member of the American Legion Post #184 and an active member of the local AARP.
Bob and his wife Judi became involved in the animal rights activities helping hurt, abused and impounded animals.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother, James Mullenger.
Mourning his passing is his wife Judi of Herndon, Va.; his brother Jack and wife Marietta Mullenger of Ocean Springs, Miss.; his sister, Pat Mullenger of Audubon; and his sister-in-law, Virlee Mullenger of Hamlin; several nieces, nephews and extended family.
His final wishes were to have his ashes scattered over the fields of the Mullenger Family Farm in Hamlin.

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2011
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