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Mulberry, Richard We have lost another member of the greatest generation. Richard Mulberry went home to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, June 6, 2010. He was husband to loving wife Jane for 65 years, father to Gayle and Lynn, Daddo to grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Marine aviator, distinguished veteran, CPA, greeter and archivist for his church, Park Cities Presbyterian, volunteer of over 13,000 hours at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Inspector General of the Department of the Interior under President Reagan, Major General United States Marine Corps Reserves, and the most disciplined man we have ever known. He was known for his fantastic book collection, sharp mind, and strong handshake which he gave even on the last day of his life. Born March 14, 1920 in Sadieville, Kentucky on the land owned by his great, great, great grandfather he was one of 8 children, the son of a tobacco farmer. Beginning to work on the family farm when he was 11, Dad learned the value of hard work and discipline at an early age. It was these qualities, along with his God given gifts that allowed him to achieve great earthly success. Following high school graduation, Dad left home and worked for a sharecropper for $1 a day, 3 hots and a flop (3 hot meals and a place to sleep!) He saved his money in order to enroll that fall at the University of Kentucky where he worked three jobs while carrying a full load, and completed two and a half years as the summer of 1941 approached. Richard applied for naval flight training, but at 120 pounds he failed to meet the minimum weight requirements. Undeterred, he ate a bag of bananas every day and returned to be accepted. It was during flight training in 1941 in Opa locka, Florida that Richard met Jane Lynn Denny on a blind date. They married in March of 1945, and she was the greatest blessing of his life. During WWII while stationed in the south Pacific he flew the SBD dive bomber and the F6F fighter. During the Korean War while on carrier duty, Richard flew the F4U. In the two wars, he flew more than 265 combat missions. After the war, supported by his wife, Dad finished his undergraduate degree at George Washington University and earned his M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business in 1949. Richard and Jane moved to Dallas in 1949 where Dad began his long career as a Certified Public Accountant. When his first boss would finally give him the time off, Dad took the CPA exam in Mineral Wells, Texas where the desks were sheets of plywood laid across sawhorses! Later in his career, Dad worked for Fox & Company, (which ultimately became Grant Thornton) a large regional public accounting firm where he was partner-in-charge of the Dallas office and regional Manager Southeastern region. He held his Texas CPA certificate for more than 50 years. Dad remained active in the Marine Corps Reserves, and achieved the rank of Major General, the highest rank possible for a Marine reservist. While Mom faithfully served our family at home, Dad gave great amounts of time to Marine Corps duties, including a special project for the Commandant during the Vietnam War. He was a tireless worker in various civic, political and military organizations that are far to many to enumerate. During the last decade he has been heavily involved in the Dallas Veterans Day Parade. As Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians, "I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." God's faithfulness to keep his promises was evident in the life of Richard. Although he was a lifelong Presbyterian, active at PCPC, and a faithful member of the Friday Morning Bible Study, his continued spiritual growth was particularly evident as he faced prostate cancer with courage and dignity. During the last months he expressed more than ever his love and appreciation for his family, especially wife Jane. He knew that ultimately, it was Christ's finished work on the cross, not his own accomplishments that mattered in eternity - that, in the end, faith in Christ and love were all that mattered. He is survived by his wife, Jane Denny Mulberry; daughters Gayle Abernethy and husband Bruce; Lynn Stroud and special son-in-law Jim Stroud; grandchildren Joe Godwin and his family Marily; children Maya and Joely; Laura Godwin and Will Stroud. Richard was preceded in death by an infant son and beloved granddaughter Jennifer Stroud. The family would like to acknowledge dearest friends Arthur and Cookie Wood. A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Monday, at 4:00 p.m., June 14, 2010 at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn Ave. We are honored to have Dr. Carl Anderson (Trinity Fellowship) and Rev. Patrick Lafferty (PCPC) officiating, and Stephen Nielson sharing his musical gifts. A reception will follow the service in Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's memory to West Dallas Community School, 2300 Canada Drive, Dallas TX 75212, to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 36006, Dallas, TX 75212, or to a charity of your choice.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from June 8 to June 11, 2010
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