Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ronald E. Mullinax, 72, Manhattan, Kansas, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019.
Ron was born Aug. 25, 1946, in Norton, Kansas, to Earl and Mary Posson and was later adopted by John and Ada Mullinax. He grew up in Lenora, Kansas, graduating from Lenora Rural High School in 1964.
After completing a Denver Automotive Institute training program, Ron worked at New Look Body Shop in Norton until 1968.
Ron began his long and distinguished military career by enlisting in the Kansas National Guard in 1965 and began his full-time military technician career in 1968 at Organizational Maintenance Shop #1 in Norton. He was promoted through the enlisted ranks, attaining the rank of master sergeant before earning a warrant officer commission
In 1992, Ron was selected as the armament supervisor at Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site on Fort Riley, and he moved his family to Manhattan. Ron reached his military mandatory retirement age in 2006 and retired at the rank of chief warrant officer four with 40 years, 11 months, and three days of service to the nation. He continued his service to the National Guard and Kansas as the assistant site foreman at the Kansas Readiness Sustainment Maintenance Site, Fort Riley, until he retired in 2015.
Ron married Diane Smith, the absolute love of his life, in Norton on Sept. 11, 1966. They made their home in Norton, then Manhattan. They raised two sons, Mike and Mark.
Ron was a dedicated family man and always actively supported family activities. He and Diane were church youth group leaders and enjoyed car clubs. Ron was also a scoutmaster for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and was a little league baseball coach. Ron enjoyed a variety of activities, from meticulous yard care to almost any outdoor activity to working on and restoring numerous cars. His greatest love was spending time with family, and doing absolutely anything for his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Ron is survived by his wife Diane, and two sons, Mike and wife Lynette, and Mark and wife Lisa; three grandchildren, Dalton, Haley, and Jaxon; brothers Charles (Bud) and William (Bill) Posson; and one sister, Charlotte Roberts. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Ada Mullinax, and Earl and Mary Posson, and his sister Peggy Kindall.
A celebration of life and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth St, Manhattan, with Pastor Cam McConnell officiating. Following the service, military funeral honors will be conducted in the church’s memorial garden. A light lunch will be served at the church at the conclusion of the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Good Shepherd Hospice House, First Presbyterian Church, or the National Guard Museum. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kansas 66502. Online condolences may be sent to www.ymlfuneralhome.com