Donald J. Mulligan
MAGGIE VALLEY/ELBURN, ILLINOIS — Donald J. “Don” Mulligan, 79, of Elburn, Illinois, formerly of Maggie Valley, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at Delnor Community Hospital.
He was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois Oct. 30, 1934, the son of Raymond and Charlotte Reuss Mulligan. Don grew up in Chicago and attended local schools. He was proud of his “south-side” heritage where he graduated from Leo High School with the class of 1952. Don faithfully served his country as a U.S. Marine until his honorable discharge in 1954.
Don met his wife on the dance floor at St. Sabina’s, and it didn’t take long for Joan Marie Callender to catch not only his eye, but his heart. They were married in February of 1955 and spent the next 52 years making unbelievable memories together.
They began their new life on the south side of Chicago until they moved to Park Forest, Illinois, with their daughters, Jean and Barbara. Don’s career took him through the world of auto financing and he was employed most recently by Don McCue’s in St. Charles. Don was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, both in Maggie Valley. Don was a man among men and had a heart bigger than most. Don left a legacy of unforgettable memories for his family and friends to treasure for generations.
He is survived by his two loving daughters, Jean (David) Schilling of Naperville, Illinois and Barbara (Chris) Hahn of Virginia; four grandsons, Major Erik D. Schilling, Matthew J. Schilling, Jeffrey A. (Rachel) Hahn and Bryan W. Hahn; one great-grandson, Truitt D. Hahn; and a family of friends stretching from the “south-side” to North Carolina.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Charlotte Mulligan; his loving wife, Joan Marie Mulligan; one brother Raymond Mulligan, Jr.; and one sister, Norma Jean Mulligan.
A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Maggie Valley. Father James Cahill will officiate. The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Mulligan Family and words of comfort may be shared at firstname.lastname@example.org.