Donald J. ‘Don’ Mulligan

By on December 12, 2013

Donald J. “Don” Mulligan, 79, of Elburn, formerly of Maggie Valley, N.C., passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Delnor Community Hospital.

He was born in Evergreen Park, Ill., on Oct. 30, 1934, the son of Raymond and Charlotte (Reuss) Mulligan.

Don grew up in Chicago and attended local schools. He was proud of his “south-side” heritage, where he graduated from Leo High School with the class of 1952.

Don faithfully served his country as a United States Marine until his honorable discharge in 1954.

Don met his wife on the dance floor at St. Sabina’s, and it didn’t take long for Joan Marie Callender to catch not only his eye, but his heart. They were married in February of 1955 and spent the next 52 years making unbelievable memories together.

They began their new life on the south side of Chicago until they moved to Park Forest, Ill., with their daughters, Jean and Barbara.

Don’s career took him through the world of auto financing, and he was employed most recently by Don McCue’s in St. Charles.

Don was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Margaret Catholic Church, both in Maggie Valley.

Don was a man among men and had a heart bigger than most. Don left a legacy of unforgettable memories for his family and friends to treasure for generations.

He is survived by his two loving daughters, Jean (David) Schilling of Naperville, Ill., and Barbara (Chris) Hahn of Virginia; four grandsons, Maj. Erik D. Schilling, Matthew J. Schilling, Jeffrey A. (Rachel) Hahn and Bryan W. Hahn; one great-grandson, Truitt D. Hahn and a family of friends stretching from the “south-side” to North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Charlotte Mulligan; his loving wife, Joan Marie Mulligan; one brother Raymond Mulligan Jr.; and one sister, Norma Jean Mulligan.

Private family services will be held in Maggie Valley at a later date.

Memorials can be made in his name and sent to S. S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Virgil, IL. Remembrances can be sent at