Robert Orr "Bob" Mullins, 81, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Quincy, passed away on Dec. 16, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Mexico, Mo., on Sept. 5, 1932, to Zack and Nelle Mullins. He grew up in Quincy, graduated from Quincy High School in 1950 and attended Harvard College, graduating in 1954. On June 25, 1954, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Florence Leece. The newlyweds moved to the San Francisco area, and Bob began his career in the construction equipment industry with the Geo. M. Philpott Co. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 through 1956. After serving his country, Bob resumed his career, rising to the position of sales manager. In 1961, he moved to Dallas to start R.O. Mullins Co., now ROMCO Equipment Co. Under Bob's leadership, ROMCO grew to be one of the largest construction equipment companies in the state of Texas, with 10 branches. As ROMCO celebrated its 50th year in 2011, Bob expressed pride that his company continued to be family-owned and operated. In 1995, he was elected president of the Associated Equipment Distributors, the industry's national trade association. In 1970, Bob became a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and served as president in 1986. The organization, its cause, and his fellow members were very important in his life. He also served as president of the Board of the Dallas Easter Seal Society. Bob served on the town council of Highland Park from 1984 to 1990 and served as mayor from 1990 to 1992. One of Bob's longtime loves was the family farm and home he owned and managed in Pike County, Ill. Robert's corn and soybean farm has been in his family for over 150 years. Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at their East River cabin in Almont, Colo. Bob is survived by his wife, Florence; and his children, Leeca (Jay) Peeples, Martha (Craig) Burkert, Robert (Laura) Apeland Mullins and Sarah (Stuart) Allen; and eleven beloved grandchildren. SERVICES: 3 p.m. Saturday in the Griggsville Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Wentzel conducting. A reception will be held at the Mullins family farm following the graveside services. ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com.
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