Charles Mueller

April 26, 1924 - March 14, 2013

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A. Charles Mueller, 88, of Peru, longtime area funeral director, passed away peacefully, Thursday morning, March 14, 2013 at Manor Court of Peru.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon in St. Joseph’s Church, Peru with Rev. Harold Datzman, OSB officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Spring Valley with full military rites conducted by the Peru Veteran’s Memorial Group. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with recital of the rosary at 2:45 p.m.

Mr. Mueller was born April 26, 1924 in Earlville to A.O. and Louise (Franckey) Mueller. He married Jean E. Yenerich on April 7, 1945 at St. Theresa’s Church in Earlville. He attended the University of Illinois before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was an Aerial Navigator in the Army Air Corps during WWII and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He flew B-24’s and B-25’s in WWII and B-29’s in the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Worsham College. He was the founder and former President of Mueller Funeral Homes in Peru, Ottawa and Lostant and a partner in Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home, LaSalle and Prey-Mueller Funeral Home, Oglesby. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Peru, Past President of the Holy Name Society, St. Benedict’s Court, COF, Calvert Council Knights of Columbus, 60 year member of the Peru American Legion Post, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Past President of the Peru Rotary Club where he had 41 years of perfect attendance and was a Paul Harris Fellow, Past President (5 terms) Tri-City T.B. Society, Chairman LaSalle County Welfare Advisory Board (6 terms), Peru CSO, LaSalle-Peru Elks Lodge, LaSalle-Peru Chamber of Commerce since 1950, Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce since 1978, and St. Bede Alumni Club.

He is survived by his wife, Jean of Peru; 5 children, Barbara (William) Peters of Fort Worth, TX, A. Charles (Donna) Mueller, Jr. of LaSalle, Arthur (Ellen) Mueller of Ottawa, John (Cynthia) Mueller, M.D. of Dunlap, and Jane (Steven) Fly of Houston, TX; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Debora Mueller.

Pallbearers will be his seven grandsons, Scott Mueller, Mike Peters, Chris Mueller, Greg Mueller, Ross, Chuck and Mitch Fly.

Memorial Contributions may be directed to a church or charity of the donor’s choice.