Robert C. “Bob” Mullen of Cuba, Missouri was born Monday, March 24, 1952 at Rolla, Missouri to Lawrence and Ella Mae (nee McKee) Mullen and passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the age of 67 years.
Bob, as he was known by, spent his entire life in Cuba, Missouri. He was a 1970 graduate of the Cuba High School.
Bob started his working career at a very young age. His mom purchased him a new lawn mower and Bob began taking care of everyone’s yard. When he was 16, Bob had saved enough money to buy his own car. Bob bought and paid cash for a brand new Mustang. Bob’s love of cars continued throughout his life.
After the grass mowing business, Bob worked for Ray Hall, then Freddy’s Drive Inn, The Drug Store, Art’s Auto Sales and for 10 years Bob owned and operated a canoe rental on Thurman Lake Road, Cuba.
In 1980 Bob started ABC Investments. For the last 40 years, Bob has sold cars, furniture, lawn mowers, generators, straw, burn barrels, household items and much more. Bob was always looking to make a deal, but he also would help anyone who asked.
Bob married Darlene Epperson on May 21, 1994 at the Cuba Christian Church in Cuba, Missouri.
After collecting cookie jars, gas pumps, signs, neon signs, old Cuba memorabilia and Route 66 memorabilia, Bob started Bob’s Gasoline Alley.
Bob’s Gasoline Alley has been featured in several magazines around the state and across this great nation. They have hosted funerals, weddings, receptions, family gatherings, car clubs, Route 66 clubs and people from all over the world.
Bob and Darlene enjoyed day trips looking for antiques and new treasures. They enjoyed eating out, working together, vacations and just being together.
Bob was a member of the Cuba Lions Club, Cuba Freewill Baptist Church, Route 66 Association and Cuba Lodge #312 A.F. & A.M.
To know Bob was to know that he always had a story to tell, lots of one-liners. He could always make everyone laugh and he had good and bad jokes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mae Mullen; one sister, Mildred Bell; two brothers, Cleatis Mullen and Bennett Mullen; brothers-in-law, Jim Durbin, Alvin Kaysinger, John Kamler; and a special four-legged friend, Sir Brown Dog.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Darlene Mullen of the home; Darlene’s children, Katina Epperson of Springfield, Missouri and Scotty and wife Jamie Epperson of Mulberry Grove, Illinois; grandchildren, Chad and wife Alisha Epperson of Ozark, Missouri, Zachary Walters of New Jersey, Blake Walters, Arjan Epperson, Lucas Epperson and Karlynn Epperson, all of Mulberry Grove, Illinois; three great grandchildren, Erik, Freay and Runa Epperson; one sister, Grace Kaysinger of Cuba, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Carol Bender of Danville, Pennsylvania and Gail and husband Wayne Kohler of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; three brothers-in-law, Ronnie Stevens of Danville, Pennsylvania, Richie and wife Pat Stevens of Homer, Louisiana and Robbie and wife Theresa Stevens of Los Angeles, California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-9 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Knights of Columbus in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Knights of Columbus in Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Don Martin officiating. Special recorded music was “Go Rest High on that Mountain,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Don’t Let Me Cross Over.”
Interment and prayers followed at the Kinder Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Woodrow Martin officiating.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.