OBITUARY

Michael Merrill Mutchler

August 20, 1944April 4, 2019

Victoria---Michael M. Mutchler passed into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, April 4, 2019. He was born in Victoria on August 20, 1944 to the late Bessie Hosek Mutchler and Bryan H. Mutchler. A loving son, brother, uncle, and friend, Mike had a remarkable memory and enjoyed recalling the years he spent working with his Dad on the family farm. He spent many long hours in the fields on a modest “Poppin’ Johnny” John Deere tractor in the South Texas heat - planting and harvesting crops long before the modern machinery of today and then eventually transporting cotton, corn, and maize to the Wood Hi Gin to sell. For much of his life, he began the day long before dawn, milking and feeding cows, shredding pastures, tending a sizable garden, and maintaining farm machinery. He cherished memories of his sweet Mother’s attention to every detail in their home, the delightful meals she lovingly prepared, and the beautiful flower gardens that she artfully created and nurtured. Mike embraced his relatively simple and peaceful lifestyle in Wood Hi and enjoyed many true and enduring friendships with the wonderful people of the community where he lived all of his life. The Wood Hi community also remembers Mike’s service as a Wood Hi Election Official alongside his Dad for many decades. Special memories also included the trips he made with his Dad to Houston back in the day when Elmo Estes organized bus trips to see the Astros play. He was also an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to farming, Mike was a dedicated employee of the Victoria Advocate for 38 years and treasured the many coworkers there that were also his dear friends. Mike was a devout Christian and a member of First English Lutheran Church since childhood. He held a very strong faith and was a living witness of the love and promise of Christ. Mike will be remembered most for his positive outlook, humble and kind nature, beautiful sense of humor, and sweet spirit. Through the years, Mike nurtured several very fortunate and spoiled pets including Missy, Lady, Smokey, Bandit, and especially Peanut. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Norman Mutchler. He is survived by his beloved sister, Becky Land (Charlie), nieces, Suzanne Stone (Ernest), Carolyn Knox (Randy), Lisa Aitken (Joe), nephews, Sammy Fischer (Sherri), Shelby Fischer (Debbie), Jason Mutchler (Jeannie). A visitation will be held at First English Lutheran Church on Tuesday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. with funeral services to follow at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Jim Pearson will officiate. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers include Shelby Fischer, Sammy Fischer, Jason Mutchler, Ryan Austin, Sam McCutcheon, Morgan McCutcheon, Henry Hosek, and Edward Koehl. Honorary pallbearers include Rick Smith, Aubrey Mutchler, Alfred Mikula, Vurlen Hosek, and Charlie Land. The family expresses sincere gratitude for the excellent care provided to Mike by Dr. Robin Adams, Dr. Juan Llompart, Dr. Samuel Copeland, Dr. Tywaun Tillman, Dr. Andrew Clemmons, Dr. Daniel Cano, Dr. Manuel Ruiz, Dr. Tyson Meyer, Dr. Terry Whitehouse, and Rachel Wunsch, DNP. We will be forever grateful to all of the Citizens Medical Center Care Team for sharing so generously their expertise and providing Mike exceptional care that was consistently grounded in kindness, compassion and respect. Heartfelt appreciation is especially extended to the CMC Intensive Care Unit Nurses and Respiratory Therapists, ER and Surgery Staff and Physicians, and Citizens Home Health Team, with special thanks to Yvonne Riedesel, RN. Memorial Donations may be made to First English Lutheran Church. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Bryan H. Mutchler, Father
  • Bessie Hosek Mutchler, Mother
  • Becky and Charlie Land, Sister and spouse
  • Norman D. Mutchler, Brother
  • Suzanne and Ernest Stone, Niece and spouse
  • Carolyn and Randy Knox, Niece and spouse
  • Lisa and Joe Aitken, Niece and spouse
  • Sammy and Sherri Fischer, Nephew and spouse
  • Shelby and Debbie Fischer, Nephew and spouse
  • Jason and Jeannie Mutchler, Nephew and spouse
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Shelbly Fischer
  • Sammy Fischer
  • Jason Mutchler
  • Ryan Austin
  • Sam McCutcheon
  • Morgan McCutcheon
  • Henry Hosek
  • Edward Koehl
  • Rick Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Aubrey Mutchler, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Alfred Mikula, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Vurlen Hosek, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Charlie Land, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • First English Lutheran Church

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Michael Merrill Mutchler

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Shirley Sparks

April 7, 2019

He was very caring of my oldest daughter, loved holding Babies that couldn't go to sleep.
When I first met Mike thru the higdon family. When I got to work with him at the Victoria advocate for awhile. But, when we would get off work. I would help him milk his cow. He educated me on how to do that with being gentle. Then once we was done we would go to the house and have a cup of coffee and fresh milk. That was truly an experience. Helped him look for spring calves and to pick dried corn fron the field. Loved his shucking corn machine that was made before today's machinery. All hand powered. Sure would be tiring. Fed his cows when he would be gone on a trip with the higdon family.
He will be truly missed. I learned alot from him. Rest in peace Mike.

Alice Nesloney

April 7, 2019

Mike Mutchler has been very close to my family from 1982 to present, my family and Mike would go out to dinner together to celebrate August birthdays . Mike was very sweet and caring, my older 2 children called him " Uncle Mike ", if you had a hard time putting your baby to sleep and you handed it to Mike, he would cuddle it and it wouldn't be long before the baby would be fast asleep.

Michael Biehunko

April 7, 2019

I retired as a partner from Rosewood Funeral Chapels in May 2016. I had the extreme pleasure of knowing Mike for over 40 years. He was always upbeat and kind when we had conversations when he came by the funeral home to sign books on many people he knew and respected. I also had the pleasure of being friends and knowing all of his family. May god bring his blessings upon Mike and his entire family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Victoria---Michael M. Mutchler passed into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, April 4, 2019. He was born in Victoria on August 20, 1944 to the late Bessie Hosek Mutchler and Bryan H. Mutchler.

A loving son, brother, uncle, and friend, Mike had a remarkable memory and enjoyed recalling the years he spent working with his Dad on the family farm. He spent many long hours in the fields on a modest “Poppin’ Johnny” John Deere tractor in the South Texas heat - planting and harvesting crops long before the modern machinery of today and then eventually transporting cotton, corn, and maize to the Wood Hi Gin to sell. For much of his life, he began the day long before dawn, milking and feeding cows, shredding pastures, tending a sizable garden, and maintaining farm machinery. He cherished memories of his sweet Mother’s attention to every detail in their home, the delightful meals she lovingly prepared, and the beautiful flower gardens that she artfully created and nurtured.

Mike embraced his relatively simple and peaceful lifestyle in Wood Hi and enjoyed many true and enduring friendships with the wonderful people of the community where he lived all of his life. The Wood Hi community also remembers Mike’s service as a Wood Hi Election Official alongside his Dad for many decades.

Special memories also included the trips he made with his Dad to Houston back in the day when Elmo Estes organized bus trips to see the Astros play. He was also an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

In addition to farming, Mike was a dedicated employee of the Victoria Advocate for 38 years and treasured the many coworkers there that were also his dear friends.

Mike was a devout Christian and a member of First English Lutheran Church since childhood. He held a very strong faith and was a living witness of the love and promise of Christ. Mike will be remembered most for his positive outlook, humble and kind nature, beautiful sense of humor, and sweet spirit.

Through the years, Mike nurtured several very fortunate and spoiled pets including Missy, Lady, Smokey, Bandit, and especially Peanut.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Norman Mutchler.

He is survived by his beloved sister, Becky Land (Charlie), nieces, Suzanne Stone (Ernest), Carolyn Knox (Randy), Lisa Aitken (Joe), nephews, Sammy Fischer (Sherri), Shelby Fischer (Debbie), Jason Mutchler (Jeannie).

A visitation will be held at First English Lutheran Church on Tuesday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. with funeral services to follow at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Jim Pearson will officiate. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Shelby Fischer, Sammy Fischer, Jason Mutchler, Ryan Austin, Sam McCutcheon, Morgan McCutcheon, Henry Hosek, and Edward Koehl.

Honorary pallbearers include Rick Smith, Aubrey Mutchler, Alfred Mikula, Vurlen Hosek, and Charlie Land.

The family expresses sincere gratitude for the excellent care provided to Mike by Dr. Robin Adams, Dr. Juan Llompart, Dr. Samuel Copeland, Dr. Tywaun Tillman, Dr. Andrew Clemmons, Dr. Daniel Cano, Dr. Manuel Ruiz, Dr. Tyson Meyer, Dr. Terry Whitehouse, and Rachel Wunsch, DNP. We will be forever grateful to all of the Citizens Medical Center Care Team for sharing so generously their expertise and providing Mike exceptional care that was consistently grounded in kindness, compassion and respect. Heartfelt appreciation is especially extended to the CMC Intensive Care Unit Nurses and Respiratory Therapists, ER and Surgery Staff and Physicians, and Citizens Home Health Team, with special thanks to Yvonne Riedesel, RN.

Memorial Donations may be made to First English Lutheran Church.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.