Dec. 30, 1936-Dec. 8, 2012
HENDRICKS - Services for Dr. LeRoy E. Mueller, 75, of Hendricks will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Christ Lutheran Church, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow the service at the Hendricks City Cemetery. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
He passed away peacefully with family at his side on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Hendricks Community Hospital from cancer.
Dr. LeRoy Mueller
Dr. Mueller was born Dec. 30, 1936, in Belle Plaine, at the home of Lawrence and Marie (Sellnow) Mueller. He grew up on a farm near Belle Plaine and was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church. He attended the local country school until 8th grade when he went to Belle Plaine High School where he graduated in 1954. After completing college at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter in 1958, he attended the University of Minnesota Medical School from 1958-1962. He met his wife Gloria (Saffel) while completing his internship at Bethesda Lutheran Hospital. After getting married on June 30, 1963, the couple moved to Hendricks. Dr. Mueller practiced medicine for more than 43 years, including several years as the sole physician on call 24/7 including house calls. Dr. Mueller cared for thousands of patients in the area over the years while delivering more than 1,300 babies. He loved serving as the town's physician and was always thankful for the privilege to work in a rural area at the Hendricks Community Hospital and Clinic, taking pride in keeping current on best medical practices through continuing education. He was also known for his professional demeanor and compassionate care.
Dr. Mueller was selected Family Physician of the Year in 2000 by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, and was a member of the Lyon-Lincoln County Medical Society and Minnesota Medical Association. His extensive community involvement included president and school board member for 18 years, president and member of the Church Council at Christ Lutheran where he also taught Sunday school, Kiwanis Club member and president, Lincoln County Coroner, and the founding director and member of the Good Shepherd Hospice Board. Hunting, fishing, gardening, and playing golf and tennis were all activities which Dr. Mueller thoroughly enjoyed during his life, sharing many of these activities with family and friends. For the past 17 years, he showed courage and a positive spirit with dealing with the challenges of Parkinson Disease. Dr. Mueller will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving and supportive father, kind grandfather and faithful Christian.
Dr. Mueller is survived by his wife Gloria of 49 years; his children, Brian (Kim) Mueller and their children Katelyn, Blake, Krissy and Kylie of Houston, Texas, Lisa (Scott) Mindemann and their daughters Carissa and Ava of Santa Rosa, Calif., Bart (Casandra) Mueller and their children Brianna, Ellise and Nathaniel of Adel, Iowa, and Laura Mueller of New York, N.Y.; brother, Marvin (June) Mueller of Iowa City, Iowa; sisters, Arvilla (Norm) Beckman of St. Paul, Donna (Dave) Renneke of Rock Island, Ill., Carolyn Mueller of Plymouth, and Marlene (Don) Anderly of Belle Plaine; brother-in-law Bruce Saffel of St. Paul; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Sue Saffel.
Please direct any memorials to National Parkinson Foundation, Good Shepherd Hospice of Hendricks Community Hospital, or The Dr. LeRoy E. Mueller Scholarship Fund.