Billy Hugh Mulder was born May 24, 1938 in Dallas. He died at home January 28, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
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He was preceded in death by sister, Virginia Jean Myers; mother, Helen Mulder Keeling. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Rilla Ann (O'Neal) Mulder; son, Billy Earl Mulder and wife Sarah; daughter ,Vickie Derks and husband Jeff; grandchildren, Chase and Rheagan Mulder, Cole and Nickie Mulder, Cody Mulder and fiancée Krista Castillo, Molly Kay Mulder, Raleigh Derks, Dalton Derks; great-granddaughters, Alexa, Kaylie, Brooke Ann, Camryn and Chloe; brother Tom Keeling and wife Carol.
Billy enjoyed fishing, jigsaw puzzles, and working with wood. He was a NASCAR fan and Dale Earnhardt was his favorite driver. He loved being a fireman and retired captain and chaplain of Lancaster Fire Dept. in May 2002. His greatest love was his family, friends and his personal Savior, Jesus Christ. Billy will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be from 5 -8 p.m. Friday at Byrum Funeral Home. Funeral service is at noon Saturday at First Baptist Church of Lancaster. Interment will follow in Van Alstyne Cemetery. www.byrumfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Jan. 30, 2014