View Full Notice → CREEDE-William Arthur Mullen, Jr., 86, of Creede passed away while family was in town visiting last July 3, 2014. Art was born in Donnellson, Ill. Nov. 13, 1928 to Mabel and William Arthur Mullen, Sr. Art married Dorothy Ann Schulte, a beautiful girl from St. Louis, and kept things interesting for 60+ years to come. Art spent a tour in the Navy at the end of WWII, apparently enough that visiting the air craft carrier in Corpus Christi was not on his list of things to do. He graduated from Ranken Technical College and had many interests. He worked two jobs longer than he should to support his family and five children and retired from Terminal Railroad after almost 40 years of service as a switchman and yardmaster. Cars, trucks, plumbing, electrical, surveying, mushrooming, hunting, fishing, boating…whatever he wanted to know, he figured it out. Family vacations took them to Colorado where they fell in love with the area and bought property, had a home built by a local miner (without electricity) and with his mentorship and friendship learned how to build more houses. Family and friends visited from all parts of the country and some from Europe and the home was always full with good food and game nights, with a particular love for Cribbage. Bristol Head Acres soon became a place to come and visit with friends, share potlucks and enjoy each others’ company. Art and Dottie retired to Colorado and continued to enjoy all that Creede had to offer and learned the joys of being a snow bird and migrated every fall to Port Aransas, Texas where they gathered new friends in the community and considered them family too. Art is survived by four of his five children: William (Bill) Arthur Mullen III, Crystal Mullen, Thomas and Dawn (Brady) and his sister Elaine. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy (Nov. 6, 2011) and son James. A memorial gathering was held in St Louis, Mo. and Port Aransas, Texas with the many, many friends and family that were touched by Art and Dottie. They are both sorely missed but continue to be in our lives as wonderful memories and voices in our souls. An additional celebration of life will be held in Creede the evening of June 13. “Dad didn’t believe in buying one bottle of wine if you could get a deal on gallon cases!”