In Memory of Bennie McMullen

Bennie McMullen
Bennie McMullen
Born: March 27, 1936
Died: October 9, 2017
Age: 81
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Bennie McMullen
March 27, 1936 - October 9, 2017
From: Colo, IA

Bennie McMullen, age 81, of Colo, died at his home on Monday, October 9, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 13, 2017, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastor David R. Burling officiating.  Burial will follow in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Post #139.  Visitation will be held at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. 

Born March 27, 1936, in Harris, Missouri, Bennie Andrew McMullen was the son of LaVerne Widner and Josie Katheryne (Smith) McMullen.  He moved as a young man with his family to Story County.  Bennie married Helen Louise Arnold and served from 1958-60 in the United States Army. 

On August 20, 1982, Bennie was married to Wanda Arnold in Princeton, Missouri.  The couple made their home in Colo.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, and the company of his family. 

Bennie was very mechanically inclined and worked over the years as a heavy machine operator and at 3M in Ames.  Most recently, he was employed at the Colo Co-op. 

Survivors include his wife, Wanda; eight children, Bennie McMullen, Jr. of Chillicothe, MO, Andrew (Suzi) McMullen of Kansas City, MO, Donnie (Margo) McMullen of Amherst, WI, Dannie (Bobbie) McMullen of Picayune, MS, Timothy McMullen of Sloan, Angela (Michael) Prather of Colo, Anthony (Robin) McMullen of Marshalltown, and Steven (Andrea) McMullen of Ogden; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dixie (Lennie) Carkuff of Laurel, and Lyletta Jo (Royce) Linder of State Center; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen; two brothers, Lester McMullen and Sammy McMullen; and three sisters, Teddy Jean McMullen, Osa May McMullen, and Kathryn Ringgenberg.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Bennie and his family.


Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:23 AM
“R.I.P. Dad I wish you could have found it in
Your heart to talk to me I didn't want anything but medical information as I have cancer and during I'm 54Years old I thank your Son My Brother Ben Jr. For his support You have one great son in Ben Jr

- Katheryne Joan Siedler
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:17 PM
“Bennie was a good old soul with a unique sense of humor
and a great attitude. It was a pleasure and great memories
to know and work with Bennie for many years at 3M.
Condolences to your family. Bennie will be missed but not
forgotten by his many friends. ”
- Larry Conley
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:16 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers”
- Jim Tanguay
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 8:37 AM
“I really enjoyed working with Ben when I was a mechanic at 3M. He was always so positive and friendly. He taught me a lot as I worked along side of him. We had some fun times. He will be missed.”
- Peg Pollard
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:37 PM
“I only met him a couple times he was always happy to see anyone and had the joy of taking him fishing once I don't think his smile could have been any bigger he will truly be missed”
- Dean Barrington
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:37 PM
“To the grandfather I never knew. I know it wasn’t your fault and I don’t blame you. I just wish i and my children could have known you. I feel like you would have loved them and kept them in your life. May you Rest In Peace. ”
- Me SD
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 3:13 PM
“I Love you Dad God Bless you R.I.P. wish we could of been closer but things in life happen Dad I forgiven you along time ago it your grand-kids and great-grand-kid great-great-grand-kid I Love you Dad I Miss you so much Bennie A. McMullen Junior”
- Bennie Andrew McMullen Jr.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 3:13 PM
“I had met Bennie only twice but was a very happy man. My wife Connie and I send our condolences to Donnie & Margo McMullen and our condolences also go to the rest of his family. God Bless you all!”
- Joseph Boho
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10:30 a.m.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, Iowa


Pastor David R. Burling


Donnie McMullen
Andrew McMullen
Anthony McMullen
Steve McMullen
Michael Prather
Lennie Carkuff


5-7 p.m.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa
Military honors by
American Legion Post #139