Thomas J. ‘Tom’ Mullen, 73

Thomas J. ‘Tom’ Mullen, 73, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, at home, on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, under the care of Delaware Hospice and with his loving wife, Karen, grandson Ryan and cherished four-legged buddy Max by his side. He was born Oct. 17, 1945, the only child of his wonderful parents, the late John J. Mullen and Mary K. Mullen, in Chester, Pa.

Mullen and his loving wife met in 1990. They married in 1994 and spent the last 25 years by each other’s sides. He retired from work for Congoleum Corporation in Marcus Hook, Pa.

He formed a wonderful friendship with his neighbor, Tom Strawbridge. The special bond that ‘Mulley and Straw’ had was more than a friendship; it was the brother Mullen never had. They spent their time together going to yard sales, sitting out by the bonfire, drinking beer and listening to music. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR, tinkering in his work shed and spending time with his grandkids and his dog Max. He was a son of the American Legion Post 28.

Mullen leaves behind four children, Thomas ‘T.J.’ Mullen and his wife, Laura, of Washington, Jeanne Marie Powers of Alabama, Rodney Thomas and his wife, Debbie, of New Jersey, and Michael Mullen and his fiancée, Meghan, of Bear, Del.; his stepsons, Lee Wilson, and Tommy Wilson and his fiancÈe, Brandi, of Dover, Del.; his grandchildren, Ryan, Kellan, Tae, Cole, Preston, Zachary, Cade, Daphne, Emily and Hailey; his dear aunt, Betty Ostan of Millsboro, to whom he was very close; his aunt and uncles, Helen ‘Cookie’ Bogle of Linwood, Pa., Jim Graham of Aston, Pa., and Bill Clark of Millsboro; and a host of cousins.

A memorial service will be held March 9, 2019, at noon at the Long Neck chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome, to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Condolences can be sent online at