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Mulder parents greatly missed


When the EF-5 tornado hit Parkersburg on May 25, 2008, husband and wife, 80-year olds Richard and Ethel Mae Mulder were among the innocent victims.

The tornado literally trapped the elderly Mulder's in their Parkersburg home. Because of their ages and physical limitations, the Mulder's were not able to get to the basement. It may not have made any difference, since the twister not only destroyed their family home, it was so powerful it ripped away even the sub-flooring and floor joints, leaving only the basement walls.

Rod Mulder is one of the Mulder's four grown sons. He says the family had all been together that Sunday afternoon, and he had left his parent's home only a few minutes before the tornado struck.

Rod says, "We were all here that day; all four brothers. I was the last one to leave, and after we all left, about 15 minutes later, the storm hit. They got blown away from the house."                    

            Now, one year later, it's still difficult for Rod and his brothers to return to the site, even though the lot has been cleared of debris. The American flag still flies proudly at the location, and the Mulder name can still be found at the base of the family flag pole.

The Mulder family has sold the lot, and a new family will soon build a new home on the old family site. Rod says he's very proud how his community has rebounded from this devastating tornado.

            "It's a day everyone will remember, with all the volunteerism, all the people who came here to volunteer and help. All the kids, too. It was incredible; all the people who came out to help each other. I guess A-P just came together."

     Rod says he misses his parents greatly, and sums it up this way; "It's a memory we'll never forget. I miss them a lot, and wish they were still here."

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