Paul Leo McMullin Jr.

Paul Leo McMullin Jr., 93, formerly of Luther, IA and Zephyrhills, FL, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, IA.

Leo was born March 14, 1927, in Des Moines, IA, the son of Paul Leo "Mac" McMullin Sr. and Marie Baker. He received his education at the Granger public schools and then enlisted in the United States Army serving his country during World War II. Following his discharge, he returned to Granger and was united in marriage to Marilyn Hoskinson on April 3, 1948, in Madrid, IA.

Leo and Marilyn made their home in Luther where they raised their family. Leo worked for John Deere in Ankeny until his retirement in 1984. He also delivered newspapers for the Des Moines Sunday Register for more than 30 years around the Luther, Madrid, and Slater area. All nine of his children learned how to drive a stick shift under his guidance on Sunday mornings as they delivered papers. Following his retirement, Leo and Marilyn became snowbirds, traveling between Iowa and Florida. During the summer months, Leo worked for Heideman Drywall in Ames for ten years.

In his free time, Leo enjoyed volunteering in the community. Leo was a leader for the Boy Scouts, volunteered at St. Malachy's, served on the Luther Town Council, and was a volunteer tour guide for Boone Scenic Valley Railroad. In Florida, he and Marilyn delivered Meals on Wheels and supported the local food pantry.

Leo always enjoyed time with his family, traveling, a hearty breakfast, and a good joke. He was known to enjoy a night at Lake Robbins, an ice cream cone from the Boone Dairy Queen from time to time, and he rarely missed the Thursday morning Luther breakfast meetup at McDonald's in Boone. His love of John Deere continued and in his later years, he was seen in parades with his restored Johnny Popper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marilyn, son Mick, son-in-law Terry Seeman and his brother Eugene.

Leo is survived by eight children, Karla Seeman of Polk City, IA, Randy (Ginger) McMullin of Ocean Park, ME, Kevin (Anne) McMullin of Lonsdale, MN, Jeff (Jerold Crawford) McMullin of Tampa, FL, Kim (John) Fortney of Burnsville, MN, Pam (Joe) Heman of Roy, UT, Julia (Kevin) Farringer of Hickman, NE and Bridget McMullin of Salt Lake City, UT, 15 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his very special friend and traveling companion, Eunice Flagg, from Zephyrhills, FL, and Jefferson, ME.

A private family service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 3, 2020, at St. Malachy's Catholic Church in Madrid with burial to follow in the Lincoln Cemetery near Polk City.

The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. A link will appear around 10:45 a.m. (just before the service) on Leo's obituary page at www.Ilescares.com, where you may also leave online condolences.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Instead of flowers, the McMullin family would prefer that you donate to your local food pantry or local Meals on Wheels program during these trying times.

 

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