Russel Austin Mueller, 18, of Belleville, Ill., born June 15, 1991, died Wednesday, May 5, 2010, after a courageous battle with depression.
Austin attended Whiteside Elementary School, Belleville East High School, and currently attended S.W.I.C. He was a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa and STRIDE. He was always an excellent student and also an amazing artist.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Miron Mueller, Mike Evansco Jr., and James Becker.
Surviving are his parents, Joyce, nee Evansco, Coulter of Wildwood, Mo., and Russ Mueller of Belleville, Ill.; his sister, Megan Mueller Dietrich; a brother, Thomas Stauder; maternal grandmother, Marian Becker; paternal grandmother, Ruth Mueller; his dear companion, Shane Chronister; his aunts and uncles, Mickey and Kathy Evansco, Linda Hinton, Ron and Brenda Evansco, Greg and Janice Evansco, Janet Evansco, Ray and Sharon Evansco, Elaine and Charles Guffey, Rochele Fuchs, Dawn Feazel and Page Hinkleman; cousins, Rachael and Sarah Evansco, Brian Diser, Clinton Marler, Ronda Brooks, Eric Evansco, Sean Callahan, Theresa Knapp, Charles Jr., and Tony Guffey, Greg Jr., Christine, and Diane Evansco, and Micki Evansco, Preston Feazel, Colin Feazel, Kiley Hinkleman and Connor Hinkleman.
A special thanks to Wendy and Perry Williams, Mathew, Mindy, Madyson, Jack, Judy Ledbetter, Lynsey Parker and Tyler Vaughn for always being there for Austin.
His gentleness and kindness will be missed by all who loved him.
Memorials may be made to the Belleville Humane Society or the Austin Mueller Q&A Activism Scholarship Fund c/o SWIC. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Kassly Mortuary Chapel, Fairview Heights, Ill., with Father Joe Rascher officiating. At the wishes of the family, cremation will follow.
KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from May 8 to May 9, 2010