Robert L. Mueller
February 18,1936 – October 3, 2021
Preceded in death by parents, Albert and Mary Ella Mueller; sisters: Eleanor Callahan (Ray), Gretchen Jordan (Tom), and Jeanne Berberick (Larry); brothers, Ted (Jean), and John Mueller. Survived by brother, Jim; sisters-in-law, Delores and Dorothy Mueller.
Robert “Bob” was born in North Platte, Nebraska. He attended McDaid Elementary and St. Patrick High School. Throughout his youth, he played football, basketball, and baseball while also helping at his family’s grocery store. After graduation, Bob briefly attended seminary and Kearney State College before entering the Navy. He proudly served six years, two of which were active duty aboard a ship in San Diego and Japan. It was in the Navy that he learned electronics and communications. When Bob returned to Nebraska, he began his employment with Northwestern Bell as a lineman.
He met his bride, Iva (Huettner), through his younger sister, Jeanne, who was Iva’s college roommate in Yankton, South Dakota. Bob and Iva were married August 4, 1962, in Cornlea, Nebraska. They joyfully welcomed five children: daughters: Kristine Griffiths (Rod) of Wallace, Nebraska, Michele Morrow (Jack) of Jacksonville, Florida, Julie Polt (Brian) of Chicago, Illinois, and sons, Michael of Kearney, Nebraska, and Robert of Overland Park, Kansas; beautiful grandchildren: Ryan Griffiths (Mickayla), Jacqueline Arens (Jason), Anna Griffiths, Sean and Morgan Morrow, Emma Polt, Antonia Mueller, Molly and Calvin Mueller; two precious great-granddaughters, Ellie Griffiths and Eden Arens.
Bob worked more than 30 years for Bell Telephone and AT&T, finding enjoyment and success in sales and marketing. He loved being part of the North Platte Catholic Schools and served on the school board in the 1970s; he shared his gift and love of singing as a cantor at Sunday Masses at St. Patrick’s. Bob was proud to live and work in his hometown. In 1985, Bob’s job took him and his family to Omaha, Nebraska, where he continued his career until his retirement in 1999. He continued his involvement in the Church, volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and its namesake parish.
Anyone who knew Bob understood that his faith was strong, and his humor and smiles came easily. He loved going to daily mass, attending men’s Bible study, reading daily prayers, and praying the rosary. Bob was a humble servant of God and chose to accept his health challenges with grace, patience, and humility. He loved Iva deeply and was proud of the 59 years of marriage they shared. His faith, family, and friends were what mattered most to him.
VIGIL SERVICE and ROSARY: Friday, October 8th, 7pm at West Center Chapel with visitation starting at 6pm. MEMORIAL MASS: Saturday, Oct 9th at 10 am at St Vincent de Paul Church Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.