Shane Leroy Mullen, age 60, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, at his home in Oakley, KS. Shane made his memorable first appearance on September 16, 1958, being delivered by his grandmother, Mabel Linder, on his grandparent’s farm NE of Leoti, KS. Shane was the baby of the family, the son of Leonard and Sharon Mullen.
Growing up on a farm on Beaver Creek NE of Leoti, he spent his days hunting, fishing, riding his horse named “Pal” and later becoming involved in 4-H and high school rodeo.
In 1976, Shane graduated from Wichita County High School and married Kathy Appl. From this union, a daughter, Shala Rae, was born on August 22, 1977. They later divorced.
In 1982, Shane and his brother, Kevin, started K&S Trucking, and later he began custom harvesting and raising livestock. Shane had a deep love and respect for farming, ranching, and trucking and for the hardworking man. He knew that it took hard work and dedication to “get er done” and that “it ain’t easy being a big operator.”
On October 22, 1994, Shane married Cindy Miller in Windsor, CO. Their daughter, Katelyn Marie, was born on September 26, 1998. Shane and Cindy farmed and ranched in rural Russell Springs, then later moved to Oakley, KS where they operated Mullen Custom Harvesting and continued to raise a small black angus herd on their farm south of Oakley. Shane was also a crop insurance adjuster and later started Mullen Insurance Agency serving farmers in Western KS and Eastern CO.
Shane was a member of the Butterfield Trail Historical Association and the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Shane was baptized the same day as his daughter, Katelyn. He was a member of the Winona United Methodist Church and later also a member of the Oakley United Methodist Church.
Shane’s surviving family includes his wife Cindy Mullen, Oakley, KS; two children, Shala (Kevan) Steele, Fredonia, KS and Katelyn Mullen, Oakley, KS; two grandchildren, Dillon Steele and Kinley Steele, Fredonia, KS; his mother, Sharon Mullen, Leoti, KS; three siblings, Rick (Patty) Mullen, Plainville, KS, Kandice McCabe, Pueblo, CO and Kevin (Kathy) Mullen, Leoti, KS
He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Mullen.
There will be a visitation for Shane’s friends and family on Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Oakley United Methodist Church from 5-7:00 p.m. Funeral services for Shane will be held at noon on Saturday, July 20, at the Oakley United Methodist Church. Shane’s favorite desserts will be served at the church after the funeral service, with graveside services following at the Russell Springs cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Butterfield Trail Historical Association or the Oakley United Methodist Church, sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 204, Oakley, KS 67748. For condolences or information visit www.baalmannmortuary.com