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Plains Edition Obituaries for 1-8-11

Martin Lee Mahula, 89, of Columbia, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2010, at South Hampton Place.

He was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Sundance, Wyo., to James and Frances (McKean) Mahula. He grew up in Salem, Ore.

He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Standing 6-feet, 8-inches tall, he was recognized as the tallest soldier in the Air Force and the only person allowed to bring his own custom bed to boot camp; finding a bed long enough was a lifelong challenge.

He married Marydean Lawler on April 7, 1956, and she preceded him in death in 2005.

He taught in the North Platte, public schools for over 30 years. In the summers, he operated Mahula’s Cotton Candy and Cody Park Children’s Rides for over 20 years. He moved to Columbia in 1997 to be near his daughter Mary and her family.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Lamberson of Columbia, and Margaret (Tony) Hill of Denton, Texas; seven grandchildren, PJ (Georgia) Lamberson of Chicago, Christine Lamberson of Madison, Wisc., and Iris, Isaac, Zane, Luke and Lily Hill, all of Denton, Texas.

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Martin Lee Mahula, 89, of Columbia, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2010, at South Hampton Place.

He was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Sundance, Wyo., to James and Frances (McKean) Mahula. He grew up in Salem, Ore.

He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Standing 6-feet, 8-inches tall, he was recognized as the tallest soldier in the Air Force and the only person allowed to bring his own custom bed to boot camp; finding a bed long enough was a lifelong challenge.

He married Marydean Lawler on April 7, 1956, and she preceded him in death in 2005.

He taught in the North Platte, public schools for over 30 years. In the summers, he operated Mahula’s Cotton Candy and Cody Park Children’s Rides for over 20 years. He moved to Columbia in 1997 to be near his daughter Mary and her family.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Lamberson of Columbia, and Margaret (Tony) Hill of Denton, Texas; seven grandchildren, PJ (Georgia) Lamberson of Chicago, Christine Lamberson of Madison, Wisc., and Iris, Isaac, Zane, Luke and Lily Hill, all of Denton, Texas.

Martin Lee Mahula, 89, of Columbia, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2010, at South Hampton Place.

He was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Sundance, Wyo., to James and Frances (McKean) Mahula. He grew up in Salem, Ore.

He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Standing 6-feet, 8-inches tall, he was recognized as the tallest soldier in the Air Force and the only person allowed to bring his own custom bed to boot camp; finding a bed long enough was a lifelong challenge.

He married Marydean Lawler on April 7, 1956, and she preceded him in death in 2005.

He taught in the North Platte, public schools for over 30 years. In the summers, he operated Mahula’s Cotton Candy and Cody Park Children’s Rides for over 20 years. He moved to Columbia in 1997 to be near his daughter Mary and her family.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Lamberson of Columbia, and Margaret (Tony) Hill of Denton, Texas; seven grandchildren, PJ (Georgia) Lamberson of Chicago, Christine Lamberson of Madison, Wisc., and Iris, Isaac, Zane, Luke and Lily Hill, all of Denton, Texas.

Martin Lee Mahula, 89, of Columbia, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2010, at South Hampton Place.

He was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Sundance, Wyo., to James and Frances (McKean) Mahula. He grew up in Salem, Ore.

He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Standing 6-feet, 8-inches tall, he was recognized as the tallest soldier in the Air Force and the only person allowed to bring his own custom bed to boot camp; finding a bed long enough was a lifelong challenge.

He married Marydean Lawler on April 7, 1956, and she preceded him in death in 2005.

He taught in the North Platte, public schools for over 30 years. In the summers, he operated Mahula’s Cotton Candy and Cody Park Children’s Rides for over 20 years. He moved to Columbia in 1997 to be near his daughter Mary and her family.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Lamberson of Columbia, and Margaret (Tony) Hill of Denton, Texas; seven grandchildren, PJ (Georgia) Lamberson of Chicago, Christine Lamberson of Madison, Wisc., and Iris, Isaac, Zane, Luke and Lily Hill, all of Denton, Texas.

Martin Lee Mahula, 89, of Columbia, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2010, at South Hampton Place.

He was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Sundance, Wyo., to James and Frances (McKean) Mahula. He grew up in Salem, Ore.

He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Standing 6-feet, 8-inches tall, he was recognized as the tallest soldier in the Air Force and the only person allowed to bring his own custom bed to boot camp; finding a bed long enough was a lifelong challenge.

He married Marydean Lawler on April 7, 1956, and she preceded him in death in 2005.

He taught in the North Platte, public schools for over 30 years. In the summers, he operated Mahula’s Cotton Candy and Cody Park Children’s Rides for over 20 years. He moved to Columbia in 1997 to be near his daughter Mary and her family.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Lamberson of Columbia, and Margaret (Tony) Hill of Denton, Texas; seven grandchildren, PJ (Georgia) Lamberson of Chicago, Christine Lamberson of Madison, Wisc., and Iris, Isaac, Zane, Luke and Lily Hill, all of Denton, Texas.