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Edward Mulligan

March 25, 1918-June 5, 2011

Former Detroit Lakes resident Edward F. Mulligan, 93, of Durand, Wis., died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis.

Ed was born the son of John and Anna (Culley) Mulligan on March 25, 1918 in Pumpkin Hollow at Pine Island, Minn. At a young age, Ed moved with his family to Plainview, and graduated from Plainview High School.

After high school Ed joined the U.S. Army, and served during World War II in Guadalcanal as a medic, earning a Bronze Star. During WW II he spent over three years on the Pacific Front on various islands, including Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, Cebu, Dahol, Leyte and Mindinsow in the Philippines.

When WW II ended in 1945, he returned home and graduated from the Dunwoody Institute as an architectural draftsman.

Ed married Julienne Gervais July 27, 1946, and they built their home in Barnesville. In 1956, Ed built a home in Detroit Lakes, where he and Julie raised their seven children. Julie passed away March 4, 1977.

Ed continued to live in Detroit Lakes until 2003, when he moved to Durand to be closer to his family.

Ed especially enjoyed art, oil painting, photography, inventing, gardening, reading, writing and swimming. He authored a history of the 164th Infantry, was active in the 164th Infantry Veterans Association and created a large diorama of the battle of Guadalcanal for the WW II museum in North Dakota.

Surviving Ed are his children, Mary Senkus of Hudson, Wis., Gerald (Marian) Mulligan of Marshfield, Wis., Maureen Mulligan of Eugene, Ore., Terri (Dave) Reiland of Durand, John (Dee) Mulligan of Hong Kong and Edward (Betty Bekemeier) Mulligan of Seattle, Wash.; and special friend, Marian Brunner of Durand. He also leaves nine grandchildren, Cristin Mulligan of Las Vegas, Nev., Kelly Mulligan of Bloomington, Kati (Zach) Longsdorf of Eden Prairie, Lisa (Eric) Arkowski of Eau Claire, Matt Reiland of Minneapolis, Liana Reiland of Duluth, Minn., Andrew Mulligan of Anchorage, Alaska, and Ean and Erin Mulligan, both of Hong Kong.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Julienne Mulligan; his son, Joseph Mulligan; his son-in-law, Raymond Senkus, two brothers, John Mulligan (his twin) and Jim Mulligan; and three sisters, Florence Whitehair, Chris Goetz and Josephine Mulligan.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand, continuing for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in Durand, with Deacon Robert Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Detroit Lakes.

Rhiel Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Durand, is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at