Hans Siegfried Mueller
July 17, 1918 - April 7, 2017
After a remarkable life of 98 years, Hans peacefully passed away in his sleep on April 7, 2017. A memorial service is planned for May 13, 2017 at the Horizon House Chapel at 2:00 p.m.
Hans was born in North Tonawanda, NY to Rev. Dr. Theodore and Eva Mueller. He attended Antioch College, received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and then attended New York University to study meteorology.
Hans served in the Army Air Corp and was stationed in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. After his military service, he spent forty years as a passenger and freight agent at Northwest Airlines. He was married to the late Esther Renstrom Mueller and raised two children, Rick (Wendy) Mueller and Karen (David) Erickson in Bellevue, WA. Hans and Esther retired to Ballard where he sang in St. Paul's United Church of Christ choir as well as in the Norwegian Male Chorus.
Hans had a keen interest in transportation of all types and put to work a progressive passion for rail and mass transit.
He married Mary Martin in 1990 whom he met in the St. Paul's choir. Their 27 years of marriage were filled with many wonderful excursions, choruses and music, church activities and cultural outings. They traveled several times to Scandinavia with their respective Norwegian choruses.
In private, Hans was a modest, gentle man - a true gentleman. He brought a compassionate heart and enlightened understanding to every conversation. He was meticulous in maintaining his car, mower and home. He loved woodworking and crafted doll houses and even built a harpsichord by hand. He grew lovely vegetables that he shared with his neighbors but he was most appreciated for his "world famous" apple pies made from the backyard tree.
In 2013, he and Mary moved to Horizon House where he was able to keep up with the latest news and activities, lectures, concerts, church activities and visits with fellow residents. Hans will be missed by all who knew him. Donations may be made to the Horizon House Partners in Caring fund, 900 University St., Seattle, WA 98101.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 18, 2017.