John Francis Mulvihill III, 85, of Williamsburg, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Iowa City VA Hospital, surrounded by his wife and their six children.
John was born in Welton, Iowa, on September 15, 1927, to Edna (Hill) and John Mulvihill. He grew up and attended schools in Oskaloosa. After graduating from high school in 1945 he served as a Seaman First Class in the Navy until August 1946. He began working for the M&StL Railroad, later the Chicago Northwestern, in 1947, and was employed as a brakeman/conductor for 42 years.
He married Delores Andeway, daughter of Lester and Imogene Andeway, at St. Mary's Church in Oskaloosa on June 22, 1950. In addition to the adventure of raising six children, they traveled to the Virgin Islands and Japan, as well as many places in the U.S. They lived in Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Clinton, Grinnell, Lake Ponderosa, and Williamsburg.
John enjoyed golf, cards, gardening, reading, and watching or listening to St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He especially enjoyed fishing, which, he said, gave him time to think.
John was known as a generous neighbor and friend. He liked to eat and to laugh. He often remarked that, like his father, he would eat only two kinds of pie-warm and cold. His stories, quick wit, and wry observations were appreciated by family and friends.
Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, who are thankful for his long life: his six children, Virginia Mulvihill (Larry Rodl) of Davenport, Mary (Mike) Patterson of Cedar Rapids, John (Kathryn) Mulvihill IV of New Glarus, Wisconsin, Kathleen (Mark) Splittgerber of Des Moines, Teresa Mulvihill of St. Louis, and Timothy (Kelly) Mulvihill of Greenwood, Arkansas; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Hinmon, of Marshalltown. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.
A reception for family and friends will be held on Sunday, June 16, from 2:00 to 4:00 at the American Legion Hall in Marshalltown. Memorial contributions can be made to the Williamsburg Public Library or to the American Lung Association. Arrangements handled by The Cremation Society of Iowa.