MULLER, Christof H. II, Dec 1, 1929 Sep 19, 2009 of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Omaha. Chris was born into a farming family with six siblings in Pierce, NE on Dec. 1, 1929. His parents were Chris and Agnes Muller. He attended country school and graduated from Pierce High School shortly after WWII ended. Following graduation he worked for two years to save enough money to go to Wayne State Teachers College. As a freshman Chris lettered in football and boxing. Like the majority of students at Wayne State, Chris took a part time job, becoming a member of the college ground maintenance crew. During his sophomore year the Korean Conflict broke out; he and other friends enlisted in the Navy for four years. When he went back to college, he became the college photographer, having acquired that skill while he was in the Navy. He also became a dorm counselor for 25 freshmen, and it was this rewarding experience that influenced his future career as a social worker. Through his involvement in the campus Lutheran Student Association, Chris attended a weekend retreat that focused on social work. During the retreat he learned about a scholarship being offered. Taking advantage of that opportunity, Chris graduated two years later with his Masters Degree from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. It was there where he met his future Filipino wife, Mabel, who also graduated with her Masters. Chris and Mabel were married on July 3, 1960. Both worked for Lutheran Family Services in Omaha after graduation. Three years later, Chris accepted the position as founding director of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Big Brothers Program. After 11 ½ years Chris and Mabel decided to move to Chadron, a small college town in northwest Nebraska, where Chris became the Area Coordinator for Panhandle Mental Health. Ten years later he acquired the position as a Professor at Chadron State College, teaching courses in social work. Ten years later, both Chris and Mabel retired from the college. After retirement they enjoyed traveling and eventually settled in Mesa, AZ, where Chris was an active member of Mountain View Lutheran Church. He also was an avid golfer and enjoyed teaching his children how to play the game. As a result of his efforts, his daughter earned her college degree on a golf scholarship. Preceded in death by parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Survived by wife, Mabel; 2 sons, Chris III (Susie) and Jeff (Ladean); daughter, Robbin; 5 grandchildren: Chris IV, William, Katie, Colten and Chase; sister, Verna. The family will receive friends Thursday, 10am-11am at the West Center Chapel, followed by SERVICES at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands.
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