Donald Wayne Mullanix

Friday, May 18, 2007

Feb. 14, 1929-May 16, 2007

Donald Wayne Mullanix of McCook died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at his farm in Frontier County. He was 78 years old.

Donald was born on Feb. 14, 1929, in Red Willow County, Neb., to Neal and Grace Vesper (Spaulding) Mullanix. He attended rural school and lived most of his life in the Maywood, Quick and McCook area.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1949-1952.

On March 2, 1952, Don married Donna Appleyard in Curtis. To this union three children were born and they lived on the farm in Frontier County until 1965 when they moved to McCook.

He was a member of the McCook Memorial United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing ball, with the Quick Blue Jays, Curtis Cardinals, the Havanas and McCook Farm Service. He also enjoyed ice fishing, working on the farm, custom combining and watching ballgames on television. Don hauled fruit from western slope of Colorado and this is where he got the nickname, "Peaches".

Preceding him in death were his parents; Neal and Grace Mullanix; and two grandchildren, Amy and Tommy Lightner.

Survivors include his wife, Donna of McCook; children, Robert Mullanix and wife Jane of Sterling Colorado, Dianna Jo Lightner of Omaha and Sharon Kircher and husband Steve of McCook; grandchildren, Tracey Fisher and husband Eric of Indianola, Mike Mullanix of Sterling, Colorado, Glen Bowles, Matt Bowles both of Denver, Danny Lightner of Lincoln, Becky Lightner of Omaha, Jennifer and Logan Kircher of McCook and six great-grandchildren: and a brother Gerald Mullanix and wife Gladys of Grand Island.

Memorials may be given in his name to Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook.

Funeral services will be Monday, 11 a.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Thurman officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday until 5p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. -- noon and Sunday from 4-8 p.m. The family will be present from 6 -- 8 p.m. to greet friends. Friends may also go online at to leave condolences.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.