Obituary of Bob Mullen
Robert E. Mullen, 70, passed away on January 3, 2021 in Lexington, SC following a brief illness. He was born on August 11, 1950, son of John E. and the late Patricia A. (Horvath) Mullen. Bob graduated from Charleroi Area High School in 1968. He earned an Associate’s degree from Penn State University in 1972 and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982, both for Mechanical Engineering. He obtained both degrees while working at R.T. Patterson and Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. He also worked in sales and marketing for several companies in the railway industry throughout his career that afforded him the opportunity to travel the world. Never the one to remain idle, he only semi-retired in 2018 as the Director of International Business Development at ENSCO, staying on in a part-time capacity.
Retirement allowed Bob to focus on many home projects. He had quite the green thumb and shared many of his plants and home-grown peppers with many people. He also enjoyed golfing, cooking, especially smoking meats, and sharing his culinary creations with family and friends. In addition to his father, he is survived by his loving wife Laura Bennett Mullen of Lexington, SC, stepson Matthew Storey (Ashleigh) of Lexington, SC, two very special granddaughters Madison and Claire Storey, sisters Kathleen Turney of Monongahela, PA and Luanne Hyslop (Duncan) of Donora, PA, brother Pete Mullen (Sharle) of Belle Vernon, PA, brother-in-law Paul Bennett (Daryl) of Salem, MA, nephew Calum Hyslop, nieces Kaylee Gmutza (Brian), Cassandra Solomon (Richard) and Meagan Hyslop, great nephew Branden Gmutza, and great niece Maddie Solomon. He is also survived by several other family members and dear friends who are considered family. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother Dennis K. Mullen and his brother-in-law David R. Turney.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all services are private and arrangements are entrusted to Woodridge Funeral Home, Lexington SC. A celebration of life will occur at a later date in both South Carolina and Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob’s memory to American Heart Association at www.heart.org, or to the South Carolina Oncology Association Cares Foundation at www.scoacares.org.
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