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June 23, 2013

Lewis N. Mullin

Lewis N. Mullin

DELPHI — Lewis N. Mullin, 96, rural Delphi, died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Mulberry Health and Retirement Community.

He was born Feb. 24, 1917, the son of Roscoe C. and Pearl Sterrett Mullin. He married Hazel Esther Stockrahm Oct. 26, 1940, in Peru. His only sibling, Opal Ringer, died in 2001.

Lewis attended school at Burrows and Rockfield, graduating in 1934. He received a scholarship paying twice a year $67.50 for his tuition to Indiana University lasting all the six years needed to obtain a law degree in 1940. Early at IU he helped build a log cabin and recycle crate wood as firewood in exchange for room and board. Later, a roommate, Ed Craft, found him employment in the Union Building waiting tables, checking coats and cleaning. At IU he served as a student editor of the Law Journal and earned membership in the Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary. It was at IU that Lewis met Hazel.

Lewis was Carroll County prosecutor for eight years, public defender for 20 years, county attorney for five years, REMC attorney for 44 years, Area Planning Commission advisor for 20 years and Rock Creek Cass-Carroll County Conservancy District attorney for 50 years. In 2006 he received the Samuel Milroy Award from the Delphi Chamber of Commerce.

Before settling back in Carroll County, Lewis worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., from 1940 to 1943.

He also served three years in the U.S. Army in the southwest Pacific, including New Guinea, Australia and then in Manila in the office of Adjutant General in McArthur’s headquarters and later in McArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo.

After his discharge from the army, he returned to work in the Department of Agriculture for one more year before heeding this father’s call to bring his family to his home county to farm and practice law. His first office was above what was once Orr’s Drug Store in Delphi. In 1960, he moved his office to the corner of Market and Monroe into a big brick house he inherited from his grandmother, Jenny Dickenson.

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