Glennon Place resident shares his story

glennon.tif

Ivan Mullen, 85, sits in front of the bird enclosure in the lobby of Glennon Place. He says it's his favorite spot in the home. Andi Enns

There’s one thing Glennon Place resident Ivan Muller thinks people should know about him.

“I drink a beer every day, after dinner,” he says.

He says his doctor prescribed beer to him as an alternative to heart medication. Glennon Place’s official policies, however, prohibit alcohol on the premises.

His favorite thing about living at Glennon Place Nursing Home, 128 N. Hardesty, is when a volunteer named Eddie Oyer comes in to play piano.

“I’ve known Eddie for a really long time,” Mullen, 85, says.

In fact, Mullen has known lots of the residents, volunteers and staff members for a long time – he’s spent his entire life living in the Historic Northeast.

“I was born at 17th and Topping in my parent’s home,” he says. “When I grew up, I rented a house a few blocks away.”

He lived here for years with his wife and daughter and made his living repairing toasters.

“I’ve only had eight jobs my whole life,” Mullen says. “And I was never fired.”

Only two jobs really stick out to Mullen, and he says he left both because of management changes.

“I worked at one repair shop for 10 years,” he says. “Then, it got sold to an undertaker. He didn’t know a thing about business.”

He says he retired in 1955, partially due to his weak heart and partially because he didn’t like his boss. Mullen spent his time with his family and attending services at Holy Cross.

One day in the 1960s, his landlord called and offered to sell the house to him. Mullen says he told the landlord, “Of course.”

The house cost him $5,500. He says the mortgage payments were high: $54 per month. He says he was happy when his wife, Mary Ann, received an inheritance that allowed them to pay off the house less than 10 years after signing the papers.

Mullen and his wife lived there for over 50 years of marriage, before her declining health made her move to Glennon Place nearly a decade ago. After she moved in, Mary Ann and Mullen participated in volunteering at Northeast Senior Center, wrapping silverware for their meal service. It was a good way to pass the time, he says.

“We were watching TV together when the nurse came in and said Mary Ann had a doctor’s appointment,” Mullen says. “I went with her, like I always did, but the doctor asked me to step out of the room.”

Mullen paused and took a deep breath.

“The doctor told me she had cancer,” he says. “She had less than a year to live.”

He says his wife’s health was worsening every day. He spent a lot of time with her at Glennon Place, watching television with her and getting to know her neighbors. One day, just a few weeks after Mary Ann’s diagnosis, they were cuddling and watching a show together.

“She died in my arms,” Mullen says. “But I got to hold her.”

In 2006, Mullen moved into Glennon Place himself.

“I chose Glennon because I already knew everyone,” Mullen says. “I knew they would treat me fine and that I liked the activities.”

He says he was popular from the first day.

“My first day as a resident, a lady asked me to marry her,” Mullen says. “I said, ‘No.’ She’s my girlfriend now, though.”

And if you go to Glennon Place, you’ll see them together in the lobby, watching the birds in the big glass enclosure.

He says he used to go on a lot of the field trips to Wal-Mart, the casino and other places. He doesn’t anymore because of his health, he says. Mullen still enjoys playing bingo, listening to church services and hearing the morning news.

He says he likes to visit his daughter in her Northeast home. He also enjoys visits from his granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Comments are closed.

  • Independence Avenue CID working hard to keep community safe

    February 1st, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News February 1, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – When Kansas City, Missouri police officer Vito Mazzara […]


    KC Express Food Mart holds ribbon cutting

    January 24th, 2017
    by

    Northeast News January 24, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting […]


    Chamber to expand services along with expanded quarters

    January 4th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News January 4, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is […]


    Wrapping up another year at the Northeast News

    December 7th, 2016
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News December 7, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – From the heartwarming to the heart-wrenching, the Northeast […]


    Davis showing no signs of slowing down

    November 2nd, 2016
    by

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – It’s 9:00 a.m. on a Friday morning, and Sam Davis is already well into his day…


  • Central Bank is working to build community

    October 5th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Over the past seven years, Central Bank of Kansas City has closed financing on 41 projects totaling more than $700 million throughout the city…


    5th annual ‘International Taste and Tour’ a success

    September 13th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The 5th annual Northeast Kansas City ‘International Taste and Tour’ event was held on Saturday, September 10, as more than 200 attendees enjoyed the sights,


    Northeast dentist hopes to sustain oral health – and more

    September 7th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Historic Northeast dentist Dr. Ed Kendrick has spent more than 40 years sustaining his practice, and now he hopes to have a hand in


    Northeast funeral homes celebrates 86 years in community

    August 2nd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Eighty six years for a business is no small feat.
    However, 86 years for a family-owned, community business is even more impressive.


    Hubbard & Kurtz internship program is a boon for all

    July 6th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Aside from its respected law practice, the Hubbard  & Kurtz law firm is perhaps best known for the larger-than-life artistic rendering of an


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    John V. Mesh Memorial Scholarship gives $10K to Conservation Department

    By Michael Bushnell  Northeast News February 25, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Following the tragic October 12, 2015 death of […]

    “#Heart of KC Sale” heads to Northeast

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News February 24, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The first thing a prospective buyer is likely […]

    Northeast Library Branch debuts new checkout system

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News February 24, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Over the past week, the North-East Public Library […]