James Patrick Mulherin

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June 21, 1940 - May 15, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in Defiance, MO

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James Patrick Mulherin, 78, passed away on Wednesday May 15, 2019 surrounded by his loving and boisterous family.

This year Jim celebrated 50 memorable years of marriage to his wife Phyllis. A story that started with a woman watching an ironworker in a green hard hat write messages to her on the steel beams of the building he was constructing and it only grew better from there.

His children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. His intelligence, his stubbornness (thus the nickname "Mule"), his unstopping commitment to family, his blunt honesty (whether you wanted to hear it or not), his fierce protective nature and his no apologies given drive for life, lives on in all of us.

Jim was a proud veteran of the Army, serving in the 173rd Airborne Brigade during the Vietnam War. He was a retired Structural Ironworker with Local No. 396 and over the years left his mark on many St. Louis buildings and bridges, as well as, the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building in Florida.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and cooking. He looked forward to having family and friends over for a big BBQ and a cold beer.  And St. Pat's Day never went by without a traditional dinner and a toast with Irish whiskey.

With loving thoughts, let us remember... "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association. apdaparkinson.org

Guestbook Entries

  1. Cheri Miller May 16, 2019 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Phyllis and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please surround yourself with loving memories of your times with him and know that he loved you all very much.

    Louis and Cheri Miller

  2. Barbara Loiacono May 16, 2019 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    candle 1I love you my beautiful friend Phyllis I love your family and I love this wonderful man he will live on in our hearts with all our wonderful memories of him. I am honored to have known him and will miss him but always in my heart as are all of you
    Love Barbara Loiacono

  3. Gail Salmon May 16, 2019 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    candle 8Phyllis, Girls and family, my heart is broken. Jim was such a wonderful, gentle guy everyone who knew him loved him. I wish there were words that could ease your sorrow however all I can do is keep all of you in my thoughts and Prayers. Please know I am here Day or night if you need anything. God’s Blessing and much love to all of you !

  4. William Brennell May 17, 2019 at 9:18 am - Reply

    candle 8On behalf of Iron Workers Local 396 Please accept our sincere condolences and sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    William Brennell
    President/Business Agent
    Iron Workers Local #396

  5. Terry Butler May 17, 2019 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    candle 8The Butler Family wishes to offer our sincere condolences and prayers to the Mulherin Family with Jim’s passing.
    We say “Goodbye” to Jim Mulherin who will be remembered as a dear friend, husband, father, veteran, and patriot.
    He will be missed by all of those lives he has touched.

    Betty & Terry Butler

  6. Brenda Huie May 18, 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Phyllis and Family:

    I just want to tell you how sorry I was to hear about Jim. He was such a wonderful man. Through our talks back years ago we found out we were distant relatives and Jim gave me a copy of the family history he had. That meant a lot to me and my mom. Jim always had a smile on his face. He was a good husband, father, and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all Phyllis. God Bless.

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