Larry Wayne Mullins, 68, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Dayton VA Medical Center.

He was born March 14,1953 to William and Mary Feebeck Mullins in Connersville, Indiana. He grew up in Laurel, Indiana where he loved to play sports including basketball, baseball, and track. His love of sports continued throughout his life as he coached his kids’ teams, played himself, and was always in the stands for the Spartans, his children, and his grandchildren. Larry won various medals in track and field in high school. He was known to run so fast that his hat would fly off of his head, and that was while playing in the “50 and up” softball league.

Larry was truly one of our Nation’s most valued treasures as he served our country by joining the Navy where he served from 1972-1975. He traveled the world and worked in communications. He often recalled his time spent in airplanes during his service and found some fun in the boxing ring. He later continued his service with the Army National Guard.

Larry met the true love of his life, Joan “Joanie” Gehlsen, in Mountain View, California while being stationed at Moffett Federal Airfield. He always joked about getting stood-up for their first date. Luckily his persistence paid off, because he got her on that date, convinced her to marry him in 1975, and move back to Laurel with him where they would create an amazing family together and ultimately finish the love story of a lifetime after 47 years of being best friends.

Larry was employed at Roots Dresser from 1972–2003. He worked very hard and found his joy in providing opportunities for his family. He retired from Freudenburg in 2013 and spent his time outdoors as much as possible. He was an avid hunter, golfer, and fisherman. If you were looking for Larry, you could find him outdoors, being with family, helping friends, attending and helping with church events, or cheering on his grandchildren’s many activities.

Larry loved God and was a member of Connersville Baptist Temple. He loved his family and it’s something everyone felt by his presence and his consistency. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke it was both meaningful and powerful. The lessons he taught us will impact our lives for generations to come and we all feel blessed to have felt his love.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Mullins; two sons, Jeremy (Jane) Mullins and Josh Mullins, both of Connersville, and daughter, Amber (Zach) Hanson of Shelbyville; his grandchildren, Jenna Mullins, Jace Mullins, Maxwell Hanson, Liam Hanson, and Charlotte Hanson; his brother, Randy (Donna) Mullins; his sister, Michelle (Mike) Milbourn; and his nephews and nieces: Gregory Mullins, Kimberly Mullins, Shelbi Milbourn, and Austin Milbourn.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents, William “Orville” and Mary Mullins and beloved nephew Randy “Little Randy” Mullins.

If you knew Larry, you know he didn’t like to make a big deal about himself. He would love to leave you all with the memories of him that you already hold dear, so per his wishes, we will not be having a public service. Just as quiet and peaceful as he was in his passing, he has also wished his arrangements to be. His close family will gather to celebrate his life together and would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made anytime at