CHAMPAIGN – Kenneth Eugene Mullins, 78, of Champaign passed away on Saturday (Jan. 12, 2013) in Champaign.
Kenneth was born on Feb. 28, 1934, and graduated from Champaign High School in 1953. He married Beverly (Phinney) Mullins in November 1955.
Kenneth served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958. His duty stations as Air Police security included the Pentagon and two years at Chateauroux Air Base, France.
Upon returning to Champaign in 1958, he started working at The News-Gazette, retiring 40 years later in 1998.
Kenneth and Beverly started American Markers, a local stamp and engraving company, in 1967. He continued working at their shop on a full-time basis until his recent illness.
Kenneth was actively involved in not only the local AMVETS Post 3, but also served as the Illinois AMVETS state commander from 1974 to 1975. He was also very involved supporting local veterans' activities.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Champaign; his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Cindy Mullins of Sewickley, Pa.; and his daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Howard Smith of Seguin, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Drucilla Mullins, and his brother, Robert Mullins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the funeral home, with burial to follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.