Dean Mullett, 65

COLUMBIA CITY — Dean L. Mullett, 65, of Washington Township, died at 11:56 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was admitted Nov. 16.He was born Nov. 25, 1946, in Fort Wayne, a son of Donald R. and Phyllis Dean (Fleck) Mullett.His formative years were spent on the Mullett family farm. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.On Oct. 7, 1967, he was united in marriage to Judy Lynn Shearer. They made their home in Columbia City for five years before returning to the Mullett farm.He worked for Columbia Tool & Die for a short time before joining his father full time in farming.His church membership was with St. John Lutheran Church.Surviving relatives include his wife, Judy; three children, Michelle L. Mullett of Fort Wayne, John F. Mullett of Columbia City and Jim D. (Laura) Mullett of Columbia City; three grandchildren, Emma Grace, Samuel Dean and Jacob Michael Mullett; and two sisters, Linda J. Leighty of Kendallville and Jo Ellen Maley of Columbia City.The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.The burial will be in Nolt Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or Salvation Army.Condolences may be sent to