LASALLE — A. Charles Mueller Jr., 70, of LaSalle, longtime area funeral director, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 8, 1948, in LaSalle to A. Charles and Jean (Yenerich) Mueller. He married Donna J. Turner on Jan. 29, 1970, in St. Patrick’s Church in LaSalle.
He attended LPO Junior College and Illinois Valley Community College, where he was a member of the first graduating class, the University of Illinois in Champaign and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Following graduation, he joined the family profession in 1970, with his father at Mueller Funeral Homes, Peru and Lostant, and Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home, LaSalle. With his father and brother, they started the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa and Mueller Funeral Home in Cherry. After the death of William Prey, they became partners with Prey family at Prey-Mueller Funeral Home in Oglesby. He retired as president of Mueller Funeral Homes Inc. in 2008.
He served on the board of directors at Hometown Bank in LaSalle, serving on the Executive Loan Committee, Trust Committee and as chairman of the Audit Committee, and also served on the boards for the American Red Cross, American Funeral Assurance Co., Pekin Insurance Advisory Board and Kensington-Kaskaskia in LaSalle. He was named to Business and Professionals Who’s Who, Oxford’s Who’s Who, Outstanding American Business and Professionals, and Outstanding Americans.
Chuck was past president of LaSalle Little League, LaSalle Park Board, St. Patrick’s School Board and Church Council, and Horizon House in Peru.
Chuck coached basketball at St. Patrick’s in LaSalle for several years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in LaSalle, LaSalle Rotary Club, LaSalle Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society, Holy Rosary Men’s Club, Illinois Valley Serra Club, St. Bede Alumni Association, Peru CSO, L-P Booster Club, LP Jaycees, and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
He is survived by his wife, Donna of LaSalle; his mother, Jean Mueller of Peru; two sons, Scott Mueller of Palm Desert, Calif., and Christopher (Colleen) Mueller of Oglesby; three daughters, Becky (Kevin) Dornik of Peru, Julie (Lance) Siebert of Dimmick Township and Elizabeth (Mark) Grzybowski of Peru; 14 grandchildren, Katy Gapinski, Olivia Mueller, Maya Mueller, Ava Mueller, Anna Mueller, Jake Mueller, Lydia Dornik, Ethan Dornik, Aubrey Siebert, Nolan Siebert, Kaylee Siebert, Dylan Grzybowski, Eloise Grzybowski and Kennedy Grzybowski; two great-grandchildren, Collette and Greta Gapinski; two sisters, Barbara (William) Peters of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jane (Steve) Fly of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Arthur (Ellen) Mueller of Ottawa and John (Cynthia) Mueller, M.D., of Dunlap; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, A. Charles Mueller, on March 13, 2013; and one sister, Deborah Mueller.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at St. Patrick’s Church in LaSalle with the Very Rev. Paul Carlson officiating and the Rev. Ronald Margherio, O.S.B., as the concelebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Webster Park.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home in LaSalle. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Pallbearers will be Olivia Mueller, Maya Mueller, Anna Mueller, Mike Peters, Randy Turner, Joe Janz and Bob Lamboley. Honorary pallbearers will be Katy Gapinski, Ava Mueller, Jake Mueller, Lydia Dornik, Ethan Dornik, Aubrey Siebert, Nolan Siebert, Kaylee Siebert, Dylan Grzybowski, Eloise Grzybowski and Kennedy Grzybowski.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Horizon House in Peru, Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle or the American Liver Foundation.
The online guestbook may be viewed and memories shared at www.MuellerFH.com.