Don Edward “Jiggs” Mullins, 83 of Salem, passed away Wednesday, April 22, at his home in Salem after falling ill in the past year. He was born on Nov. 30, 1931 in Stella, one of eight children born to the late Clyde E. and Opal S. Mullins.
Jiggs was raised around Salem and in 1949 graduated from Salem High School. In May 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. After being discharged in 1951, he attended one year at Peru State College.
On March 23, 1958 he was united in marriage to Ruth Frederick in Salem.
Don worked different jobs throughout his life; he owned and operated Mullins Bar and Café (what became the Big Red Inn) in Salem, worked at the Falls City Meat Co., Elliott Meat Co., and retired from Rolfes Manufacturing in 1996.
His real love was fishing, hunting and teaching youth how to fish and hunt and enjoy nature and the outdoors. Don was also an avid Nebraska Husker fan.
Jiggs was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bob and Bill; and one sister, Naomi.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Salem; son, Keith (Donna) Mullins, of South Duxbury, VT; three grandsons, Jeremy, Nathan and Troy Mullins; brother, Jerry (Evelyn) Mullins, of Ames, IA; sisters, Phyllis Davis, of Jacksonville, FL, Karen Kanatzar and Dixie Trusty, both of Kingman, AZ; close family friends, Lonnie and Kim Goff and their family, other relatives and friends.
There will be no viewing; a visitation was April 25 — at the Hall Funeral Home at 2403 Harlan St., Falls City.
A graveside memorial service at Maple Cemetery in Salem will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, with graveside Military Honors provided by Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard.The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to family choice.