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Cattlemen community mourns Kansas family killed in plane crash

Glenn and Elaine Mull died in the plane crash near the Bellevue YMCA Monday. (Photo credit: Facebook) Glenn and Elaine Mull died in the plane crash near the Bellevue YMCA Monday. (Photo credit: Facebook)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A plane crash Monday in Bellevue claimed the lives of four members of a family that had deep roots in the Kansas cattle community.

They were traveling to Nashville to attend a cattlemen's convention at the Opryland Hotel, where other members of the National Cattleman's Beef Association are remembering 62-year-old Glenn Mull as a "great guy in every way."

Mull was the pilot of a twin-engine plane that went down just outside the Bellevue YMCA. He, his wife, 63-year-old Elaine Mull; their daughter, 40-year-old Amy Harter; and their granddaughter, 16-year-old Samantha Harter, perished in the crash.

Dee Likes, of the Kansas Livestock Association, goes way back with Glenn Mull.

"Very personable. Everybody liked him," Likes said.

The two were classmates at Kansas State University and have remained colleagues through years of industry associations. The deaths of Glenn Mull and his family are casting a pall on the 6,000-member convention in Nashville.

"We're all feeling it," Likes said.

The Mull family has been in the livestock business since 1908. Most recently, they were feeding 40,000 to 50,000 head of cattle a year.

Likes said it wasn't uncommon for Glenn Mull's family to fly to business-related events in a private plane.

"He was a very experienced pilot and had flown this plane many, many times. And had made this trip many times," Likes said.

The Nashville Fire Department chief credited the pilot Monday for saving many lives by making a hard-right turn and avoiding the YMCA building and a nearby retirement home.

Jeanine Haynes is Glenn Mull's sister. She said Tuesday that, "the tremendous void left in the ashes of the crash will be a stinging reminder in the days to come of the ones taken too soon."

"They were a part of the very thread that weaved the heartbeat of the family," Haynes said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived to the scene Tuesday morning for analysis.

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