William "Bill" Mullener
1949 - 2013
Lt. Col William "Bill" Richard Mullener USAFR, Ret., 64, of Plantersville, TX died Thursday, October 24, 2013.
Bill was born January 17, 1949 in San Antonio, TX to William and Elaine Mullener. Bill lived a life built around serving others. After graduating from Texas A&M University, where he was a proud member of Squadron 3 and the Ross Volunteers, Bill entered active duty with the US Air Force. He left active duty to fly for Delta Airlines while maintaining his affiliation with the US Air Force Reserves. Bill flew a total of over 20,000 hours of flight time over Southeast Asia and the Persian Gulf region during his illustrious military career, earning multiple medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. After retiring from Delta Airlines and the US Air Force, Bill completed a Masters in counseling. Using his life experiences, Bill devoted his work to serving others, especially military families and individuals dealing with addiction. Bill's commitment to his family is marked with years of involvement in Boy Scouts, camping and hunting trips, and tailgating at Aggie games. Bill was active in Grimes County serving as Emergency Response Coordinator.
Bill is survived by his wife of 21 years Diane Mullener of Plantersville, TX and four children, Robert Scott Mullener (Tina), Rick Radliff (Meagan), Matt Radliff, and Rebecca Mullener Proske (David); eight grandchildren, Christopher, Maryn, Tyler, Nicholas, Emalyn, Austin, Johnathon, and Joshua; his mother Elaine Mullener of Austin, TX; sister Molly (Hugh) West; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and colleagues. Bill is preceded in death by his father, William P Mullener.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Klein Funeral Home, 14711 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77355. Family visitation will begin at 9 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
You will be missed, Grandpa Bill.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 29, 2013.
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Memories & Condolences
November 15, 2013
I am so very sorry to learn of Bill's passing. He was a great asset to me for many years in the Academy process. I valued his expertise so much. It was nice to see you both this past August and He will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Marlene Moulder
November 6, 2013
I knew Bill in elementary school as our dads were stationed together and again at Wiesbaden HS and again at A&M. Sometimes things happen that can't be explained. Bill will be remembered for his service to his country and his community and for just plain being a good guy.
Jeff Murray
November 5, 2013
Diane. So shocked and saddened to hear of Bill's passing. You guys are some of my special memories of Wood Badge in the early 90's. Our thoughts and prayers with you and family.
Stan Stanley
November 5, 2013
Diane. So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. What a shock. We gave font memories of our Wood Badge experiences in the 90's. Bill impacted my life in so many ways.
Blessings and fond thoughts
Stan Stanley
November 5, 2013
RIP Bill. Enjoyed flying with you. I think our last layover was El Paso in the early '90's; we walked across the border to Martino's steak house.
John Malone
November 4, 2013
RIP Bill.
Carlotta (nee Williams) Schmittgen
November 4, 2013
Please accept my condolences at the passing of Bill. We flew together quite a lot in the early days of his career with Delta. We shared lots of stories about our experiences in combat over Laos. I'm sorry we lost contact once I retired.
May God's peace and grace be yours.
Tim Eby
November 4, 2013
Words cannot express my feelings for the loss of Bill. He was a friend, student and teacher. He will be missed!
May God bless him, his family and friends.
Scott Crawford
October 30, 2013
At a very difficult time in my life, God lead me to Bill. I am so blessed to have crossed paths with him and thankful for all the help he was able to provide. May the comforting Grace of God keep you during this time.
Kim Walden
October 29, 2013
The Mulleners and the Feagans at the Logotherapy Congress 2013

We feel so blessed to have met you and Bill this past summer. He will always be in our hearts as a very special man. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts.
Renee and Steve Feagans
October 29, 2013
While I only met Bill once a few years ago while attending storm watch training in Bryan, I am honored now to be following directly in his footsteps as Grimes County's current Emergency Management Coordinator. As a fellow Air Force veteran I share Bill's passion for public service, and he contributed much to Grimes County and his fellow veterans. He will be sorely missed.

David Lilly
October 29, 2013
It was such an honor for me to meet Bill this summer. He gave so much to the world. My thoughts are with Diane and the rest of his family.
Christine Brandel
October 29, 2013
Claudia and I send you all our heartfelt sympathy. We celebrate Bill's life and work.
John Smith
October 29, 2013
Dear Mullener Family, we are so very sorry you lost Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
donna & jim Allyn
October 29, 2013
Dearest Diane,
I am very deeply sorry for your loss. Sharing our experiences and getting to know Bill at the conference this summer was a genuine honor and gift for me, and I will cherish these memories forever. He was one of the best people I have ever met, and I am very grateful that I had a chance to encounter him and to get to know him a little. I am very grateful that I met both of you and I am here for you. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Irina Abinya
October 29, 2013
Billy set my sister up on a blind date with a fish from his outfit. That fish and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary next year. Thank you, Billy!
And, thanks for your warm friendship with my father. The difference in age made no difference to you. That says a lot about both of you!
I'll miss your smile and your warmth.
Blessings and peace to all who love Bill.
Karen Haws McNeely