ALTOONA - Earl "Chet" McMullen, 82, of 59 Riverview Drive, McVeytown, formerly of Mount Union and Three Springs, died on Monday evening, Oct. 1, 2012, at the Altoona Hospital, after a brief illness.
Mr. McMullen was born on Feb. 19, 1930, in Mount Union, the son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Moore) McMullen.
He married Helen (Garver) McMullen in Hagerstown, Md. His wife preceded him in death on April 27, 1999.
He was preceded in death by siblings, Hazel Reed, Raymond McMullen and an infant brother.
Surviving are: three sons, Carl McMullen, of Three Springs, Paul McMullen and wife, Nancy, of Three Springs, and Terry McMullen and wife, Deb, of McVeytown; five grandchildren, Eric McMullen, Paul McMullen Jr., Anita McMullen Shields, David McMullen and Carissa McMullen; two stepgrandchildren, Sandy and Amelia; one sister, Elizabeth Barton and husband, Ernest "Bunk," of Three Springs; great- grandchildren; and several stepgreat-grandchildren.
Mr. McMullen was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having serving in Korea during the Korean War. He was awarded two purple hearts for wounds received in combat.
He owned and operated Chet McMullen and Sons Excavating of Three Springs, was a partner in McMullen's Garage in McVeytown and was a truckdriver for Wible's Concrete. He was also a past fire warden for the Rothrock area.
He was a former member of the Three Springs and McVeytown Lions clubs and was a lifetime member of the Madden-Wennick American Legion Post, Rockhill.
Mr. McMullen attended the Church of God, at Walnut Grove.
He enjoyed hunting and spending time at camp along the river.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, with Pastor Bill Benson officiating. Interment will be in Salem Cemetery, Shade Gap.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 and from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Friday, at the funeral home.