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REV. RICHARD ERNEST MULLER, died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of Monday, April 11, 2016. Born March 19, 1928, in New York City, he was the son of German immigrant parents the late Elsie and Ernst Muller. His undergraduate education was in the New York City public schools upon completion of which he received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Oswego State Teacher's College, in Oswego, N.Y. While in college, he met and fell in love with Catherine Elaine Kovac. They were married on Aug. 30, 1951 after which he spent two years overseas as a radio operator in the United States Army in the immediate aftermath of World War II. After an honorable discharge from the military, he returned home and completed a Master of Arts (Education) degree from Syracuse University following which he was employed by General Electric Corporation in Utica, N.Y. His only child, Peter, was born in March of 1954. In 1961, Richard was transferred by GE to their plant in King of Prussia, Pa., in suburban Philadelphia. Following the move to Pennsylvania, he developed an intense interest in theology. He pursued and received a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pa., followed by a Master of Arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. With these degrees in hand, he did a vicarage, completed a colloquy program and was subsequently ordained as a minister in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and joined the faculty at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. He taught for many years in the Systematic Theology department as well as serving for a period of several years as the Registrar of the Seminary. He taught at Concordia until chronic back problems made it no longer possible for him to do so, at which time he and Catherine retired to The Towne House Retirement Community in an apartment overlooking the seminary where he had worked for so many years. Catherine died in August of 2010, of leukemia. Had she survived to the end of the month, they would have been married for 59 years. After Catherine's death, Richard continued to reside at The Towne House, which is where he lived until his death. His was a long life of dedicated service to those around him. He is remembered fondly by his seminary students and colleagues as a gifted co-worker, teacher and valued mentor. He was an active charter member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. The nurses and staff at The Towne House, who took excellent and compassionate care of him in his declining months, were fond of his sense of humor and easy going manner. He is survived by his son, Peter, a physician in Rocky Mount, N.C., and his wife, Deborah Fackler Muller, and their four children, Maria Elizabeth Muller, Hannah Jean Sims, Capt. Mark Phillip Muller (U.S.A.F.) and Seth Daniel Muller; and one great-grandchild, Graham Bennett Muller the son of Mark and Blair Muller. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 8811 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. Burial at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorials can be made to the Concordia Theological Seminary or Ascension Lutheran Church. For online condolences, please visit

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Professor Muller was a thorough teacher who made theology understandable. He was one of the most accessible professors I have ever had. He was patient and you could tell he really wanted you to learn. He was a great blessing to our church body and I give thanks that he is now in heaven with the Lord.
Rev. Erik Stadler
April 14, 2016
I fondly remember Pr Mueller as I studied missiology in the 90's who does not remember his famous outlines ? He was a dynamic teacher, and strongly affirmed his lutheran confession, I guess because he adopted it later in life.
I wish I was there on Friday - all places sound familiar and Ascension was my favorite church to attend.
My prayers are with you and I trust you will find consolation, comfort in the company of the church.
I am saddened by the news but glad for the peaceful call home of Pr Mueller. Well done, good an faithful servant, do come in the joy of your Lord !
We may weep, but let it be with a strong hope !
In Christ, pastor Philippe Volff
vice-president of LC-MS sister church in France
Philippe Volff
April 13, 2016
What a blessing to have been a student of his. I benefited from every lecture of his that I ever heard. God brought light & clarity into the darkness of our world through Professor Muller.
Dean Poellet
April 13, 2016
A great man. A gifted teacher. A gift for the seminary and the church.
Rev. Raymond Parent
April 13, 2016
Professor Muller was one of my favorite teachers and mentors at the Seminary. Christ was always at the heart of his instruction and his life. Jesus lives and Prof. Muller now with Him. All praise to our gracious God! Professor Muller's family and the Fort Wayne Seminary family are in my prayers.
Rev. Wayne Schwanke
April 13, 2016
Peter, I have such fond memories of the times that we shared with your family growing up in PA. I still think of all of you when I have occasion to pass your old house on Sandy Lane, and cherish those great memories. Your dad was such a good friend to my father, and I'm sure they spent many hours in deep theological discussions! We were both blessed to have wonderful parents who have had such a significant influence on the lives they touched over the years. My prayers are with you and your family as you mourn your dad, but at the same time I'm certain that you find comfort and peace in the knowlege that he is in the loving arms of his Heavenly Father. He and my dad will have to share the pulpit up there!
Sarah Heilman
April 13, 2016
Thank you, heavenly Father for your servant Richard! His enthusiasm for the confessions, their context and right understanding, still inspire me after 18 years. God bless the Church Dr Muller loved and served so well. (CTSFW Class of 2001)
Rev Robert Harmon
April 13, 2016
It was 25 years ago this month that I received a call to the parish from CTSFW. Those four years of study were certainly enriched by classes taught by Professor Muller. The impression he made upon me was his organized, structured lectures and presentation of materials. I too appreciated the many diagrams he prepared for students to give depth of understanding to the topics covered in class. Also, each student knew when it would be his turn to begin the class session with prayer to our gracious God. Peace in Christ Jesus to Professor Muller's family.
Michael Schotte
April 13, 2016
I attended the seminary in Fort Wayne from 1995 until 2000. Pastor Muller was one of the chief reasons that I enjoyed Systematic Theology at CTS-FW. He's also one of the reasons why I still enjoy Apologetics to this day. May God grant his family and loved ones the reassurance and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life for all those who die with faith in Jesus Christ.
Sean Esterline
April 12, 2016
I thank our Lord for Professor Miller. Especially for the training he provided to a generation of pastors and other church workers in simple structured thought based in Biblical principles, a skill much lacking in our culture. He and Catherine welcomed both myself and my wife when we were new to Fort Wayne, welcomed us with hospitality and grace. I will miss him.
Rev. James Rice
April 12, 2016
To this day there are some doctrines I don't think of in words, rather I "see" them as one of his enlightening diagrams. Christ has gathered his servant to Paradise. Thanks be to God!
Steve Bagnall
April 12, 2016
I knew Professor Muller and his wife, Catherine, as Uncle Richard and Aunt Kay. Catherine was my godmother, and we thought of them both as family. They were such dear people. I can still hear their voices and laughter today. I treasure the many stories Aunt Kay would tell, while Uncle Richard would sit back in his chair, smiling. They were such a wonderful example of a Christian marriage, always caring for one another. I will always remember them.
Sarah Grasch
April 12, 2016
My fellow Westminster Seminary alumni (1985). We shared many talks comparing Calvin's Institutes and our mutual respect for Dr. cornelius VanTil's Apologetic method.His beloved Kate had me pick up a subscription to a French devotional for her from a local Church when I was in Strasbourg, France. "As iron sharpens iron..." so was my friend Professor Muller. - Rev. Dr. Leroy Leach (Concordia College, Bronxville, NY)
April 12, 2016
The greatest analytical theologian of my era. A great Christian gentleman and marvelous teacher.

Dr. Phillip B. Giessler
April 12, 2016
Thanks be to God! Professor Muller rests now in the bosom of His Lord Christ. I knew him as one of my favorite seminary professors and a man whom I could call in his later years, discussing theology, pastoral matters and politics. I will miss his straightforward demeanor and his wise yet humble instruction in the true faith. His simple faith in Christ has always been a shining light in a dark and fallen world, an example to me in particular and, I'm certain, to those around him.
Rev. David Kottlowski
April 12, 2016
My husband and I will not forget Professor Muller & his dear wife. Both of them were ever such gracious and hospitable people. Always so kind to encourage the students and offer encouraging words of wisdom to us and with a great sense of humour. French is my native tongue and Mrs. Muller being the French teacher we immediately connected. After her death we stayed in touch with him through phone calls.
Please accept our prayers to his family.
Viviane Kottlowski
April 12, 2016
Prof. Muller taught me a great deal about Systematic Theology and was always an inspiration. A few of us referred to him as the "Dynamo" because his enthusiasm would grow and grow as he taught each class. Prof. Muller has been a valued part of my ministry.
Pr. Norman Barnette
April 12, 2016
Professor Mueller was an excellent Christian teacher and person. I attended seminary 1991-1995. He was a gift from God for His Church on earth. How much more for you, his family!
Rev Dean Spooner
April 12, 2016
After 25 years in the ministry, I have never forgotten Professor Muller's teaching and encouragement. He was a wonderful teacher and special to my heart.
John Walther
April 12, 2016
God blessings of peace to the family! Professor Muller was one of my favorite teachers in the DELTO program - he sure had a lot of charts! I liked the charts and can easily refer to them today.
Ralph Hough
April 12, 2016
Prof. Muller loved to teach. But even more, he loved what he taught: the Gospel of salvation in Christ Jesus. I thoroughly enjoyed his classes at seminary and at Ascension. A faithful servant!
Steve Bohler
April 12, 2016
Kyrie eleison! Christe eleison! Kyrie eleison!

As a student in one of Pastor Muller's dogmatics courses in 1981, I still remember his clear explanation of two Latin terms, and still have his notes.
Fred Lingenfelder
April 12, 2016
Christ's peace, brother Richard.
Peter, your father and I first met when I entered the Sem in 1979. He was all you remember. Your mother and my wife were friends. At Ascension, we joined in giving thanks with great joy. Rich blessings attend your celebration.
Bill and Marilyn Barlow
April 12, 2016
I thank the Lord for Professor Muller; he taught me how to think and organize my thoughts as a theologian; and to effectively teach. The Lord used him as the greatest theological influence in my life. I pray that his family is comforted in the Hope we have in Christ; and I look forward to seeing him again in the Kingdom of Heaven!
dave bolte
April 12, 2016
As my mentor at Sem, I couldn't ask for a better friend or confidant. He will be missed by many but we take comfort in knowing that there will be a blessed reunion at the end.
Gerald & Jo Ann Epperson
April 12, 2016
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