Mack A. Pullman, 84, of Geneseo, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at his home. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. The Rev. Beth Rupe will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to First Christian Church, Moline or the Geneseo Humane Society.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1929, in Quincy, the only child of Daniel David and Pearl Ada (McBee) Pullman. He graduated from Seymour High School in Payson, where he lettered in baseball, basketball and track. Mack studied at Quincy College for two years then transferred to Iowa State and graduated with a bachelors of science in agronomy in 1952. That same year, he began Armored-Infantry training in Fort Chaffee, Ark. and later transferred to the Chemical Corps at the Army Chemical Center, Edgewood, Md. After receiving top security clearance, he continued to serve at Fort Detrick, Md in the bacterial warfare program. He proudly finished his service as Corporal in 1954.
The University of Illinois offered him an assistantship for the USDA Economic Research Service while working and he earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics in 1957. He took a position with Hutchinson Farm Management, a farm management, appraisal, and real estate firm in Geneseo of which he later became partner. He worked there just under 43 years, retiring in 2000.
Mack was a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He was an accredited farm manager and rural appraiser and real estate broker in both Illinois and Iowa. As a member of the Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, he served on numerous committees, including vice president, president-elect and president in 1981. He received the Hall of Fame Award for outstanding service to the profession in 1999.
In 1958, he marred Vivian Swanson and they raised three children, Margo, Rod and Cathee. They later divorced and he married Judy (Lewis) Plumley in 1983 at First Christian Church, Moline. As an involved member of the church, he served on many committees, including roles as Deacon, Elder and Chairman of the Official Board.
In the Geneseo community, he was a founding member of the Geneseo Jaycees in 1962 and the organization won the Outstanding First Year Club Award. He was involved with Kiwanis, Band Booster Board, Realtors Land Institute and the Coast Guard Auxiliary where he served as commodore. Mack was secretary of the Geneseo Police Commission for eight years. He also was an assistant Boy Scout Leader and co-manager of the Babe Ruth Baseball League and a member of the American Legion.
Page 2 of 2 - Survivors include his wife, Judy; children, Margo Pullman (Chris Blatchly), Rod (Brenda) Pullman and Cathee Pullman; two step children, Janeen (Jamie) Brady and Duane (Laura) Plumley; grandchildren, Delaney Blatchly, Camden Blatchly, Aaron Pullman, Colin Pullman, Ethan Pullman, Olivia Wilson, Beau Wilson and Adele Wilson; and step grandchildren, Jacob Brady and Bridget Plumb. He was preceded in death by his parents.