Posted: Apr 9, 2013 11:06 AM
Henry G. Mueller (Hank/Papa), of Bozeman, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, in his home Sunday, April, 7, 2013 after a six-month battle with esophageal cancer.
Hank was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on July 14, 1936, the youngest of four children. He married his high school sweetheart, Janet, in 1955. Hank worked for Safeway as a meat cutter, manager and consultant for 35 years. Hank and Jan moved to Montana in 1957. They lived in Red Lodge, Laurel, Hardin, Butte and Helena before retiring in 1991 and building their dream home in Bozeman. Though they left Nebraska, Hank would always be a die-hard Corn Huskers fan, wearing red and yellow and shouting at the TV on game day.
Hank played legion baseball in high school, pitching a no-hitter in a double header that he completed. He was drafted by the St. Louis Browns and participated in spring training before his big league dreams were cut short by an arm injury.
In retirement, Hank and Jan enjoyed traveling and spending time with their loved ones. Hank was a talented wood worker and spent hours in his shop crafting furniture and toys, which he never sold, but gave away to family and friends. Hank loved his neighbors and was always ready to lend a hand. Everyone in the neighborhood knew that on snowy days, Hank would be out plowing their driveways.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Fritz. He is survived by his wife, Jan; sisters, Fran and Betts; daughter, Kerrie and her husband John; son, Gary and his wife Kristin; grandchildren, Zach and K'Lynn Harris, Amanda and Tom Burkhart, Laura and Adam Holloway, Chris, Jordan and Ryan Mueller; and great-grandchildren William Harris and Madeline Holloway.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service www.dokkennelson.com