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Raymond W. Mullen
Sept. 5, 1918 -- Feb. 18, 2006

Raymond W. Mullen, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker, died Saturday in the New York State Veterans Home, Batavia, after a long illness. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he attended school in Gardenville.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Mullen served in the Army as a tank driver in Central Europe. In addition, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

From 1948 until he retired in 1979, Mr. Mullen was employed as a heater helper at Bethlehem Steel.

Mr. Mullen was a volunteer firefighter at Union Fire Company for 59 years, and he was a life member of the Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in West Seneca.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Norma Hess; a daughter, Eileen Porebski of Orchard Park; two sons, Dennis of Lancaster and Donald of West Seneca; a sister, Regina Sevron of Maryland; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Curtin Funeral Home, 1340 Union Road, West Seneca, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 in Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca.

[D/WILLIAMS]

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