William Mulvey

William R. “Bill” Mulvey, 86, a resident of Davenport, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at Crest Health Care, Ridgecrest Village, Davenport. Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2011 at Our Lady of Lourdes, Bettendorf. Private family burial will take place on Monday at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home with a prayer service offered at 4:00 p.m. There will be additional visitation Saturday at the church from 10:00 until 10:30 a.m.William Richard Mulvey was born on April 10, 1925 in Palmer, Massachusetts, a son of James Henry and Sadie Frances (Mahoney) Mulvey, Jr. He proudly served our country in the Navy during World War II, serving as a navigator in the South Seas of the Pacific. He was discharged in 1946 after receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross twice, the Air Medal six times, Presidential Unit Citation twice, a Naval Unit Citation, four Battle Stars, and other medals.Bill was united in marriage to Helen M. Derrig on September 7, 1947 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Monson, Massachusetts. She preceded him in death on March 16, 2001. They shared 53 years of marriage together.Bill was a graduate of Boston College, earning a bachelors and masters in accounting. He was employed with Plymouth Rubber Company for approximately 10 years as the Accounting Manager. He then went to work for Kollmorgen for 23 years as the comptroller, retiring in June of 1990.Bill was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, a founding member of Our Lady of the Rosary, Stoughton, Massachusetts, where he also enjoyed teaching CCD lessons; and a former member of the Davenport Country Club.

Bill was very proud of his Irish heritage. He was a first generation Irish American. Bill also enjoyed his many friends, playing golf, and cards.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Iowa Chapter.

Bill is survived by his children: Chris (Michael) Kessel, LeClaire, and Kevin (Jean) Mulvey, Chandler, AZ; a daughter-in-law, Susan Mulvey, Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Stephen (Renee) Mulvey, Jessica Kessel, Sean Kessel, Sharon Gillespie, and Jason Mulvey; great-grandchildren, Daniel Mulvey, Richard Mulvey, Christopher Richard Mulvey, Kylie Mulvey, Brennon Richard Mulvey, and Rylee Gillespie; and a sister, Ann Gribben, FL.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, a son, David in 2000; brothers, Leo Mulvey in the Battle of Saipan, and Edward Mulvey.  May they rest in peace.  Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mr. Mulvey’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.


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