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The family of Lincoln Frederick Mueller would like to announce his peaceful passing on March 19, 2014, at the age of 94.
Link was born on February 19, 1920, in Mishicot, Wisconsin, to Chester A. and Amanda A. (Eisemann) Mueller, the third of four children. The family moved in 1927 to Seattle, Washington, where he went to school, graduating from Lincoln High School.
After school, Link delivered telegrams on his Harley and Indian motorcycles for Postal Telegraph, and then worked for Foss Launch and Tug. He was working in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, when Pearl Harbor was bombed.
On May 27, 1946, he married Joyce A. Mjelde, whom he shared a beautiful life with for 60 years.
In the mid-1940s, Link and Joyce owned The Spot, a restaurant and tavern in Amanda Park, Washington.
In 1949, he opened Link's XL Donut Shop in Hoquiam, Washington.
In 1952, he built and operated Mueller Shake on the lower Hoh while having the family home built by Harold Schmidtke in Forks.
They moved to Forks in 1954, and he went to work for Allen Logging Company, running the lathe for 25 years. He retired in 1982.
Link and Joyce were very involved members of Forks Congregational Church. They sang in the church choir and the Forks Community Choir for decades. They square danced every Saturday night with a group of friends.
Link had a beautiful and productive garden every year from which he shared his delicious vegetables with friends in the community.
Link led the Boy Scout Troop 466 back in the 1960s and was an active participant in the Forks Lions and a member of the Forks Elks Lodge. For years, he baked "Link's 8 Grain Bread" and made peanut brittle for the school's annual scholarship auction.
Link was a volunteer ambulance driver and fireman for 25 of his working years.
After retirement, he volunteered and dedicated many hours at the Forks Food Bank for 25 years.
Link was a family man, had an extremely generous and genuine heart, and loved and enjoyed all of his friends and acquaintances.
He was a role model, mentor, teacher, storyteller, baker, woodmaker, wonderful father, grandpa and relative who will be missed dearly by everyone who was lucky enough to have shared in his life.
His legacy will live on for many years to come by his family and so many people in the Forks community.
Link's family would like to extend our appreciation and thanks for all the prayers, visits and warm thoughts during his final days.
He is survived by his daughter, Joy (Frank) Leyendecker of Forks; son Ken (Teeder) Mueller, of Seattle; grandchildren Jason (Dustie) Dannemiller of Sammamish, Washington, Julie Dannemiller of Forks, Kesa Mueller of Seattle, Teren Mueller and her husband, Andrew Larson, both of Seattle, Nick (Melinda) Shelly and Jacob (Shannon Brown) of Seattle; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one sister; twin sons; his beloved wife, Joyce; and granddaughter Kendra Mueller.
A celebration-of-life service will be held at Forks Congregational Church on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow to share stories and memories of this wonderful man.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Forks Congregational Church, 280 South Spartan Avenue, Forks, WA 98331; or the Forks Food Bank, P.O. Box 933, Forks, WA 98331.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 6, 2014