PERU - A. Charles Mueller, 88, of Peru, a longtime area funeral director, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, March 14, 2013, at Manor Court of Peru.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Mueller Funeral Home in Peru followed by a Mass of Christian burial at noon in St. Joseph's Church in Peru, with the Rev. Harold Datzman, OSB, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Spring Valley, with full military rites conducted by the Peru Veteran's Memorial Group. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with recital of the rosary at 2:45 p.m.
Mr. Mueller was born April 26, 1924, in Earlville to A.O. and Louise (Franckey) Mueller. He married Jean E. Yenerich on April 7, 1945, at St. Theresa's Church in Earlville.
He attended the University of Illinois before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was an Aerial Navigator in the Army Air Corps during World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He flew B-24's and B-25's in World War II and B-29's in the Korean Conflict.
He graduated from Worsham College.
He was the founder and former President of Mueller Funeral Homes in Peru, Ottawa and Lostant and a partner in Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home in LaSalle and Prey-Mueller Funeral Home in Oglesby.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Peru, past president of the Holy Name Society, St. Benedict's Court, COF, Calvert Council Knights of Columbus, 60-year member of the Peru American Legion Post, Fraternal Order of Eagles, past president of the Peru Rotary Club, where he had 41 years of perfect attendance and was a Paul Harris Fellow, past president (five terms) of Tri-City T.B. Society, chairman of LaSalle County Welfare Advisory Board (6 terms), Peru CSO, LaSalle-Peru Elks Lodge, LaSalle-Peru Chamber of Commerce since 1950, Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce since 1978, and St. Bede Alumni Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jean of Peru; five children, Barbara (William) Peters of Fort Worth, Texas, A. Charles (Donna) Mueller Jr. of LaSalle, Arthur (Ellen) Mueller of Ottawa, John (Cynthia) Mueller, M.D., of Dunlap and Jane (Steven) Fly of Houston, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Debora Mueller.
Pallbearers will be his seven grandsons, Scott Mueller, Mike Peters, Chris Mueller, Greg Mueller, and Ross, Chuck and Mitch Fly.
Memorial contributions may be directed to a church or
Online guest book may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.muellerfh.com.