Clyde Mullican

  • "We sure enjoyed our time spent with Clyde on the homestead...."
    - Leslie & Ray Hysom
    - Sue Foley

Clyde Mullican, 93, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 at Central Peninsula Hospital surrounded by his family.

Clyde was World War II veteran, serving in the United States Navy as an Engineman. When asked what he did during the war he said his job was to "keep the engines running during battle." Clyde married the love of his life Roseanna on Feb. 16, 1948; they enjoyed 61 years of marriage. Roseanna passed away in 2009, however, her wedding ring was still on his finger when he left us.

Clyde came to Alaska in 1954 and decided this was home; he brought his wife and children in 1955. In 1962 Clyde and Roseanna homesteaded near Soldotna on Sevena Lake, one of the last homesteads issued by the state. He lived on the Mullican homestead, living off the grid, until he was 90 years old. Living on the homestead with nature was who he was. He could catch a fish on the lake, whistle to call in his favorite eagle and toss the fish to the eagle as it flew by.

He loved his family and Alaska; everyone one he met was a friend. He taught us all the value of family, his greatest joy was his family and he was happiest when surrounded by all of us, whether it was watching his great-grandchildren competing in sporting events or just having us nearby to visit with.

Although he had a wonderful 93 years, for those who knew an loved him it was not enough and we will find comfort in all of the memories and stories he told us, like what it was like to grow up during the Great Depression and how when he got new shoes as a boy, he would hide them as soon as he was out of his parents' sight and go barefoot so he would not wear them out, or how no matter where they migrated for work his mother insisted the family cow went with them, so her children could have fresh milk. Not to mention how proud he was to show everyone the photograph of his Roseanna with the first bear she shot while homesteading when he was away working.

He was preceded in death by his wife Roseanna Mullican; son Dennis Mullican; son-in-law Teryl (TC) Chase; grandchildren Christina Morgan, Sandi Morgan-Congdon, Dennis Mullican; and great-granddaughter Evynn Mullican Ohnemus.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Donna and John Shelton; daughter Diana Chase; daughter-in-law Shelly Mullican; son and daughter-in-law John and Joyce Mullican; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. The majority of us are here on the Kenai Peninsula and chances are you or someone you know were touched by this great man's life.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 8, 2018
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