Joseph H. Mueller

September 26, 1918February 9, 2013

Joe was born to Anna Katherine (Klasinski) Mueller and Joseph William Mueller in Kansas City, Missouri, September 26, 1918. He passed away in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, February 9, 2013. Visitation will be Thursday, February 14 from 9:30-10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Presentation Catholic Church, 130 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, MO, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Catholic Charities. He attended grade school at St. Michael’s, high school at St. John’s Seminary, and college at Finley Engineering, all in Kansas City. Joe was a member of Our Lady of Presentation Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit. He and Shirley Emaline (Smith) Mueller were married July 20, 1940 at Our Lady of Sorrows in Kansas City, Missouri. Joe retired from Bendix Corporation in 1982 after 30 plus years of service as a Facilities Engineer. He was a licensed Professional Engineer. He served in World War II in the 9th Tank Destroyers in Patton’s Third Army and served under Patton during all four European campaigns, completing his service as a Staff Sergeant. He was a Purple Heart recipient, twice decorated. In September 2011, Joe was able to participate in the Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington, DC. It was a very rewarding experience for him to share with fellow veterans. Joe had a lifetime fondness for fishing and vacationing at Lake Minnebelle in Litchfield, Minnesota. Joe and Shirley spent their retirement years visiting all fifty states and many other countries with family and friends. He was an enthusiastic and avid fisherman and bowler. As a young couple, Joe and Shirley danced with the Holy Cross Square Dancing Club and enjoyed ballroom dancing with a group of friends. Because Joe and Shirley both came from large families, their home was always a welcoming and gathering hub for family and friends. He was devoted to his children and grandchildren. Annual family vacations were a highlight for all, and numerous road trips leave treasured memories for family and friends. Joe had a life of service with St. Michael’s Church and Our Lady of Presentation Church, serving as a lector, usher, treasurer, Eucharistic minister and doing errands and repairs whenever needed. Joe and Shirley helped as drivers for Meals on Wheels. His memberships in Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus provided many good times with their friends from both parishes. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Joseph and Anna; brothers: Bob (Anna), Ed (Margaret), and Dick; son, Stephen; daughter, Sondra Sue Mueller; and lifetime friends Joe and Florence Blum. Joseph is survived by: his wife of 72 years, Shirley Emaline; sister Joanne Krebs (Jim, deceased); sister-in-law Marie; children: Raymond (Carole) Mueller, Shirley Ann Snider, Ronald Mueller, Regina (Joe) Gonzalez, Roberta (Rick) Boitnott, daughter-in-law Georgia Mueller; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. Joe often recalled many happy memories of his early years in Leavenworth with his cousins Father George (Bud) Klasinski and Bill Klasinski. The family wishes to thank the caregivers of John Knox Village and Village Hospice for their compassionate care for Joe. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Kansas City, 301 E.Armour Blvd, Suite 620, KCMO, 64111. Please offer condolences at


  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, February 14, 2013

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April 11, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Mueller. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Barbara (Krebs) Eglinton

February 16, 2013

Uncle Joe always had a smile on his face and twinkle in his eye. Those who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Joe in this life were better for it.

Cindy Farrant

February 15, 2013

Aunt Shirley and Family,
We are so sad to hear of Uncle Joe's passing We have been thinking of your famlily often lately, knowing he was beginning to fail. I have so many great memories of Uncle Joe, he was a kind and gently soul. Yo are in our prayers.
Love, Cindy, Billy and Duncan Farrant

John Quinn

February 15, 2013

Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I have many fond memories of my former co-worker, fishing buddy and friend. We had some great times fishing in Canada with Fritz Guilford, and Harry Renick (both who've passed on). He was a great guy to be around. My thoughts are with you and your family.

John Quinn

Chris Krebs

February 13, 2013

Aunt Shirley and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Joe. But know that with this sad time come warm memories of shared moments... for me that means fishing trips in Minnisota and visits to Kansas City. And I'm sure that Dad has welcomed his fishing buddy and together they have their lines in the water up there somewhere. Know that you and all are in our thoughts. God bless.

February 12, 2013

To the Mueller family: Growing up as a kid in the 50's I heard a lot of about the Mueller family from my dad Bill Blau Jr. We attended St. Michaels Church often because my grandparents lived near there and attended that church. But the real reason was because dad got to see his old buddies which included the Mueller brothers. Unfortunately I did not have the privelege of getting to know many of you over the years, but I sure heard great stories that always mentioned the "Muellers". May God Bless your family.

Faith Baker-Berrier

February 12, 2013

Gina & Ronnie: I am truly sorry for your loss. You and your families will be in my heart and prayers. God bless you.

Jim Klasinski

February 12, 2013

Shirley, we are thinking of you and your family at this sad time. My dad and mom, Herman and Frances, had many fond memories with you and Joe and all of our Mueller cousins. Take care and God bless.

Andy Gignac

February 12, 2013

May the coming days be filled with wonderful memories of your grandfather...he sounds like a truly amazing man.