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Michael E. Mulford, 66

Michael Eugene Mulford, age 66, of Delano, entered eternal rest Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at his home.

He was born Aug. 20, 1946, in Creston, IA, to John Francis Mulford and Marguerite Edyth (Slater) Mulford, who were both life-long residents of Creston.

Mike married Janet Louise Cook Sipe Nov. 10, 1968, a young divorced mother with a 3-year-old son (also named Mike). They met soon after Mike was offered a job as a security guard at Woodward State Hospital in Woodward, IA, where Janet also worked as a nurse. Over the next 10 years, they lived and worked in several different states and cities, and enjoyed meeting new people.

Mike and Janet added three more children to their family in the next four years. They enjoyed traveling across the United States in their motorhome.

Mike was fanatical about all the projects he envisioned, and his upbeat personality convinced other people that they wanted to do it, too. He was just as fanatical about injustices that happen to minorities, children, and vulnerable seniors. Without a doubt, his love of animals was where his heart was.

Left to cherish Mike’s memory is his wife of 44 years, Janet Mulford of Delano; his children: Mike (Sandy) Mulford, Jr. of Northfield; Kris (Kyle) Marcus of Delano; John Slater (and long term partner, Joan E. Kealy) of Somerset, WI; and Joe (Julie) Mulford of Mora; his grandchildren: Zachary, Jacob, and Joseph Mulford, Maggie Marie and Jessica Louise Marcus, and Thomas and Benjamin Mulford; his niece, Gina Volpe of Northfield; and his great-nephew, Mark Wyatt of Dayton, OH.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his half-brother, Ernest Curry, Ernest’s wife Kitty, and three Curry children, Nicoletta, Robin and LeRoy; his Uncle Pete and Aunt Hope Slater; his Aunt Carrie and Uncle Joe Mulford; and his great-nephew, Chris Wyatt.

The funeral service took place Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Pearson Family Funeral Service in Creston, IA, preceded by visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment followed at Graceland Cemetery in Creston.