John Edward Mulvaney


John Edward Mulvaney


John Mulvaney

John Edward Mulvaney was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Feb. 2, 1936, to Chester and Alice Mulvaney, and passed away at home in Billings on Jan. 27, 2017.

John was raised in Colorado, graduating from Longmont High School in 1954. From 1955 to 1959, John proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, receiving an honorable discharge. In July 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Wille. After two years in Oahu, Hawaii, they returned to Colorado with their baby girl, Brenda. Three sons, Doug, Jeff and Tom, completed their family. In 1970, American Beauty Macaroni transferred John and his family to Billings. He serviced grocery store accounts in Montana and Wyoming. In 1980, he began a home repair/handyman business, retiring from that in 2009.

As a teen and young adult, John was active in sports. Later, he became a very faithful fan to his children and grandchildren’s sports and music events. Family was his priority. He loved camping outings, road trips, and hosting family and friends in their home. John really enjoyed driving their motor home throughout many states and Canada.

John served God in many ways, attending prison Cursillos, doing kitchen duties for the Walk to Emmaus weekends, and giving his time to children’s ministries of all ages, from grade schoolers to teens, but especially the babies. Organizing annual Christmas caroling parties for 15 years was one of John’s favorite pastimes. It pleased him to see the smiles of the shut-ins they would sing to. John loved to tease, joke and give big hugs to family, friends, food servers and healthcare workers.

John’s parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by sister-in-law Georgene; brother Don (Rhonda); three nieces and three nephews. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Barbara; daughter Brenda (Bill) Wuertz; sons Doug (Polly), Jeff and Tom; and grandchildren Larissa, Brett, Beau, Madison, Max and Brooke Mulvaney, Riley, Blaine and Shelby Wuertz; and his Shih Tzu buddy, Buckaroo.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 328 Shiloh Road, in Billings.

Our family is very grateful to Dani Heser, Synergy and the many wonderful healthcare workers whose care for John is so appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Emmanuel Baptist Church; Walk to Emmaus, c/o First United Methodist Church; or RiverStone Health Hospice.

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15 thoughts on “John Edward Mulvaney”

  1. Jeffrey Kreidler

    Dear Doug and Family,

    Words are only of so much use at times such as this. Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences to you, your entire family, and dear friends. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely, Jeffrey Kreidler

  2. Dear Doug and family,

    We were saddened to learn of John’s passing. We got to know him when he did some tile work in our home many years ago. We were always happy to see and talk with him over the years. He was a good guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Dennis Hall & Robyn Butler-Hall

  3. With deepest sympathy for your loss, I’m very sorry to hear about John. I always enjoyed talking with him back when Jeff and I were running around together in High School and the years that followed. I always had a lot of respect for John and he had a smile and laugh that would light up a room. John you will be greatly missed and always remembered.

    Mulvaney family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Greg and Wendy Miller

  4. Dear Jeff and family:

    Sorry to hear that you’ve lost your Dad. i sure he will be missed. Our best to all of
    you. Sincerely, JoAnne & Vic Miller

  5. Lynn Mullowney Cabrera

    Tom, Doug, and Jeff,
    To extend our sympathies to you and your entire family during this difficult time. We have you in thought and prayer. Lynn Mullowney Cabrera

  6. Oh my goodness. My heart aches for you all. I always knew love from John. Your family held us so close in their hearts, and you in ours. I wish I could be there to say farewell. Big loves, Mulvaneys!

  7. Barb and family,

    Sorry to hear about John. I’ll remember him always trying to tease me and always waiting for me to get him back. I pray you are filled with HIS peace through this time. Sorry we won’t be able to be there, but know we will be praying for you all.

    Dan and Corinne Finley

  8. I pray for peace for the Mulvaney family as you continue the work your husband and father embraced with dedication and conviction.
    Lynne Jermunson

  9. We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We pray for you, Barb and your family for peace and strength. He was such a kind man and faithful servant of God. Love, Sandy and Denny Mrachek

  10. Dear Barb and family. I am so sorry i could not be there to share your lose. John, one of my most favority people must have been needed my the Lord real bad. Ken Finley May The Lord Be With You Always!! De Colores

  11. Barb and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time.
    Courtney Wray & Hannah Stovall

  12. Barb and family: My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. May you find peace and comfort in the sweet memories you hold so dear. John was a big love and will be missed by so many who treasured him. May God bless you all and comfort you during your hour of need,
    Jan Williams

  13. Barb and family, Our hearts are with you as you grieve the loss of John and celebrate his homecoming. We have always enjoyed time with you and John over the years…Much love to you!
    Cory and Diana Krumm

  14. Dear Barb and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of someone so special. I can see John at the Walk to Emmaus in the kitchen, serving and smiling. Thinking of you. .
    Susan Thomas

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