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Charles H. Mullen

Charles H. Mullen

Today, a member of the greatest generation has faded into history. A man forged by the Great Depression and shaped by his service in the CCC and World War II, ever the optimist, he made the most of his opportunities. Charles H. Mullen, 91, passed away on November 11, 2006.

Born July 19, 1915 near Charleston, W. Va. to the late Orvil and Eva Mullen. Charles served in the U. S. Army during World War II (1942 to 1945) as a combat medic with the 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion-Northeast Europe Campaign. He received the Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, One Silver Battle Star for participation in five battle campaigns in the European Theater of Operations, and the Good Conduct Medal. Charles retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. after 34 years of service. He also worked for many years as a masseur at the Akron Jewish Center and the Akron YMCA. In 1978, he was noted for his work in a feature article in the Akron Beacon Journal Magazine. Charles was a self-employed masseur until age 88. He graduated from Copley High School in 2002.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Fern, Ruth, Carl, Hubert, and Clarence. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of over 66 years, Mary (nee Perri); sons, Fred (Becky) and Don (Karen); brother, Clifford (Helen); grandchildren, Jeffrey (Diane), Dennis (Cindy), Bradley (Kathy), Matthew (Jolene), Robert (Theresa), Rachel (Giles), Charles (Veronica), and Derek; 18 great-grandchildren; attending nurse at Windsong Care Center, Stephanie Rodgers; and companion, John Mahnke.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday 1 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Rd., Pastor Dennis Mullen officiating. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1815 W. Market St., Suite 108, Akron, OH 44313 or Akron Children's Hospital, One Perkins Square, Akron, OH 44398-6176. Online condolences may be made at www.Newcomerfamily.com.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Nov. 12, 2006
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