Robert L. Mueller

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.



  • Therese and Joe Paladino Posted October 5, 2021 8:38 pm

    Sending love to you Ila. Bob was a wonderful man. I’m sure you miss him terribly but know he is at peace. Hugs to you, Rob Losing a dad is difficult no matter when it happens.

  • Angie Nordhus Posted October 6, 2021 7:19 pm

    Reese and I are so very sorry for your loss. We really enjoyed chatting with Bob and it was very obvious he never met a stranger. He was a wonderful, kind man and we feel blessed to have gotten to know him. Certainly your loss is heaven’s gain. We are praying for all of you!!

  • Claudia Posted October 6, 2021 8:04 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss.

  • Julie Stark Didier Posted October 6, 2021 8:21 pm

    Love and prayers to you all!

  • Angie Schipper Posted October 6, 2021 9:46 pm

    Our thoughts are with you Aunt Iva, Kristi, Shelly, Julie, Mike and Rob. Uncle Bob was a very special man. I carry many warm memories of growing up with the family. May Uncle Bob rest in peace and may you be comforted by the Holy Spirit and the close bonds you share. Aroha nui e te whānau – my love to you all.

  • Marcia K Mapes Posted October 7, 2021 8:06 am

    Iva, Chub and I are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We worked with Bob at Northwestern Bell in North Platte until he and family were transferred to Omaha. Bob was a delight to work with, always whistling and working the crossword puzzle. Iva, I’ve heard so many stories from Chub which included Bob such as driving Jeanne to Yankton, joining the Navy at the same time and, although they were on separate ships, they met up in Japan!
    God’s peace to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Marcia and Chub Mapes

  • Gary and Judy Conrad Posted October 7, 2021 9:58 pm

    Robert will be missed. I’m sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you Andy our Family. We are Heartbroken for your loss. Our Prayers for the Family.

  • Charlie and Lynn Wurtz Posted October 8, 2021 6:31 am

    May Bob Rest In Peace. He has done so much for our parish and brought a joy with him in everything he did. We will miss seeing him at mass.

  • Gene & Mary Ann Wessling Posted October 8, 2021 4:06 pm

    Our condolences. Bob was a good help & influence to us & everyone. Love & Prayers.
    Gene & Mary Ann Wessling

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