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John Mulholland Jr.

John William Mulholland Jr., 79, Wolcottville, died Saturday, November 4, 2017, at his residence on Adams Lake.

    He was born November 11, 1937, at McCray Hospital in Kendallville, Ind., to John William and H. Maud (Halverson) Mulholland.

    Spending his early childhood in Kendallville and Adams Lake, he was a 1956 graduate of Wolcottville High School. He entered the U.S. Army on March 20, 1958 and received an honorable discharge in 1961. He underwent basic training at Ft. Knox, Ky., Signal School at Ft. Gordon, Ga., jump school at Fort Bragg, N.C., and attended the NCO Academy at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. He was a senior advisor to the Roka (Korean Army) Signal School at Taejon, Korea, serving the Korean Military Advisory Group, a Department of Army assignment.He began his banking career with Campbell and Fetter Bank in 1961, graduating from the School of Banking in Madison, Wisc., in 1971. In 1972, he started the Auburn Federal Savings branch in Columbia City, Ind., where he remained until 1982. In 1982 he returned to Kendallville, where he managed the American State Bank until 1984. From 1984-1995, he worked for Domex, Inc. He then became president and part owner of Metalcraft, Inc. in Wawaka, Ind. He was named Kendallville Citizen of the Year in 1969, was chairman of the committee which raised funds for the creation of the Kendallville Public Library, president of the Kendallville Jaycees, charter member of the Kendallville Park Board, vice president of the Kendallville Chamber of Commerce, president of the McCray Hospital Board, member of the Kendallville Economic Development Commission, a lifetime member of Kendallville Elks Lodge, member of Rome City American Legion Post 86, member of Kendallville VFW Post 2749, member of the Kendallville Rotary Club, served as the first Noble County United Fund chairman, and was a charter member of the steering committee which established the Kendallville YMCA. He was also a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville. While in Columbia City, in addition to serving two terms on the city council, he was president of the Columbia City Rotary Club, charter member and president of the Columbia City Economic Development Commission, Whitley County United Fund campaign chairman, and board member of the Whitley County United Fund, as well as president of the community needs committee.

    He was marriedJune 30, 1962, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis, Mich., to Barbara French. She survives.

    Also surviving are three sons, John William III, Suwanee, Ga., Shawn (Keira) Amstutz, Indianapolis, Ind., and Shane (Kristin) Mulholland, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and five granddaughters, Chase Mulholland, Elise Mulholland, Gracie Mulholland, Tatum Mulholland, and Sofia Mulholland.

    Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Saturday November 11, at Young Family Funeral Home Kendallville Chapel.

    Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11, at Young Family Funeral Home Kendallville Chapel with Honor Guard services by Rome City American Legion Post 381, Kendallville VFW Post 2749, Kendallville American Legion Post 86, and active duty members of the U.S. Army.

    Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

    Memorials may be directed to Rome City American Legion Post 381 or Kendallville VFW Post 2749.

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    Young Family Funeral Home Kendallville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.