Raymond P. Mueller

  • Born: September 1, 1917
  • Died: April 16, 2012
  • Location: Chilton, Wisconsin

Wieting Family Funeral Home Inc

411 W. Main Street
Chilton, WI 53014

Tel. (920) 849-4941

Tribute & Message From The Family

Raymond P. "Ray" Mueller, Sr., age 94, of Chilton, died on Monday, April 16, 2012 at the Chilton Care Center in Chilton. He was born September 1, 1917 in Sherwood, son of the late Peter & Anna (Lettler) Mueller. He was united in marriage to Rita Kees on May 3, 1944 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. John. Raymond farmed for 52 years, worked at KayTee, Co-op, Rendering Plant, the Town of Chilton, Killsnake Cheese Factory, and cut grass for the Chilton Athletic Association. Raymond was formerly an active member of St. Joseph Society and the Holy Name Society at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chilton, and was a current member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Chilton. He was also a member of the Catholic Knights Branch 148 for many years. Together with his wife, Rita, he volunteered at the Salvatorian Center in New Holstein, and was an active member of the Chilton Senior Citizens Club. Ray enjoyed playing Sheepshead, dancing, putting puzzles together and bean-bagging with his family and friends. Ray will always have a special place in the hearts of all of us and will be sadly missed by his wife, Rita; his children: Raymond (JoAnn) of Hilbert, Richard (Carol) of Oshkosh, Ann Marie (Bill) Juckem of Chilton, Theresa (Denis) Hostettler of Hilbert, Glenn (Mary Jean) of Chilton, Gail (Marvin) Thiel of Chilton, Carl (Edie) of Sheboygan, Karen (Mike) Peil of St. Augustine, FL, Connie (Tom) Daun of Chilton, Peter (Carol) of Green Bay; 30 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law: Beatrice of Kaukauna, & Florence of Sherwood. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Raymond was preceded in death by his son: Ronald; a grandson: Timothy Thiel; his parents; his brothers: Emery Krause, Jacob, Edmond, Bernard, Louis (Angie), Peter (Rita), Hillary (Genevieve), & Frederick Mueller; his sisters: Gertrude Fahrbach, Margaret Kuepper, Erma (Peter) Koehler, Madeline (Arnold) Geiser, and Mary Ann (Philip) Nash. Funeral service will be at 11:30 AM on Monday, April 23, 2012 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton with the Rev. Bob Kollath officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2012 and on Monday at the church from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM. A vigil service will be held Sunday evening at the funeral home at 7:30 PM. The family would like to thank the Calumet County Home Heath, Res Care, the Calumet County Hospice, the entire staff of the Chilton Care Center, St. Paul Elder Care Services, especially Kelly, Lisa Schabach, NP, Dr Shvygin, Dr. O'Brien, and Dr. Goggins for all of the loving care that was provided to Ray and his family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

dear rita&family I was saddened to hear about Ray passing, I remember what a good neighbor he was to our family . And like a few before me all the great card games that took place at our house. You cant imagine how much fun it was to see how late we could stay up ,to hear all the laughter, and the bantering between the differnt couples. MY thoughts and prayers are with all of you

Posted by kathy (miller)thomson - gravois mills, MO - neighbor   April 24, 2012

My deepest & heart-felt condolence to each of the Mueller family. 'Know that you are in my thoughts & prayers!

Posted by Stan Schneider - Marietta, GA - Glenn was a good C.H.S. friend   April 23, 2012

Dear Rita and family,
Jan and I offer our sincere sympathy for your loss. Growing up being neighbors to you folks has always left me with such fond memories. Like your neighbor Rodney, I too remember the late night card games being played by Ray, Rita and friends at my folks house. It seems like yesterday when I could hear the laughter along with Ray's cigar smoke reaching our bedroom above the dining room card table. What wondeful memories of a time when neighbors helped each other make it through the hard times, and something as simple as a card game, a late night lunch, or a backyard beer would prove to be the perfect ending to a difficult week. I can only think that Ray is busy right now talking with my folks and all the other neighbors who have gone before him. There is so much catching up to do, and so many games of sheepshead that have yet to be played. Rest easy Ray, we shall all miss you. Bob and Jan Miller

Posted by Bob Miller - Sherwood, WI - neighbor   April 23, 2012

We send out heartfelt condolences. I know that Raymond brought great happiness to his Grandson's family. Sincerely, Gina and Staffan Wide

Posted by Gina and Staffan Wide and family - Stockholm - sister in law to Grandson, Rick   April 23, 2012

My condolences goes to the Mueller family.

Posted by Barry Harris - Green Bay, WI   April 21, 2012

Rita and family...what a life well lived! You can see it all the wonderful family pictures. It was great to see the old photo with the neighbors in my parent's (Russell and Edwina) kitchen. I remember card nights at our house with Ray and Rita. From upstairs we kids could hear the laughter, and groans, of the sheepshead being played below. And in the morning there was the lingering smell of Ray's cigar. My prayers are with you Rita, and family, at this time of loss, and rememberance.

Posted by Rodney Gasch - Evans City, PA - neighbor   April 20, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to all of your families. You're in our thoughts and prayers. Next time I hear thunder, I will think it is Ray throwing beanbags in heaven.

Posted by Barb and Jim Kurtz - Chilton, WI - friends   April 19, 2012

Peter and Carol and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
With deepest sympathy,
Nikki Kabacinski

Posted by Nikki Kabacinski - Green Bay, WI   April 19, 2012

Pete and Carol,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you at this time of grief. You were great neighbors and I know that having each other with help you get through the rough spots.

Posted by Tami - Bellevue, WI   April 19, 2012

We extend our condolences to the family of Raymond Mueller. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. Ray was always a pleasure to visit with. He was very caring and will be missed.

Posted by Joe and Peggy Mueller - Sherwood, WI   April 19, 2012


Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We're sorry we didn't get to know Mr. Mueller, but knowing his daughter Karen, is a joy. Please know the you have a long, extended family here is St. Augustine sending lots of love.

Posted by Win Kelly - Saint Augustine, FL - Friend of daughter, Karen Peil   April 19, 2012


Gail & Marv & family
You have our deepest sympathies and you and your mom and family are in our thoughts and prayers

Posted by Don & Shirley Bartel - Chilton, WI - family friend   April 18, 2012

Dear Rita and family, Ray will always hold a special place in my heart as a good friend and neighbor growing up in the Town of Chilton. I spent many hours watching Ray and Rita playing cards with my parents, Clayton and Ione. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Pat Miller - Chilton, WI - family friend   April 18, 2012


Our deepest sympathies go out to Rita & family. Ray was a wonderful man and a wonderful example for all of us. He & Rita's presence together in church even in these last months are a testimony to the deep deep Faith & dedication to each other and to God. He will be missed, but find comfort in the love of family & friends and knowing that he is at Peace and celebrating his life with Jesus in Heaven.

Posted by Rick & Mary Jo Weber - Chilton, WI - Neighbor   April 18, 2012

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Grandpa Ray with Michael on the Swing

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Mom & Dad's Wedding - May 3

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50th Wedding Anniversary
Complete Mueller Family-Ray is second from right in the back row.

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Life Stories

Good morning. Welcome to the celebration of the life of Raymond P. Mueller Sr. For those of you that don’t know me, I am Peter, the youngest of the Mueller children. Dad was born on September 1st, 1917. He was born again to eternal life on April 16th, 2012.
Dad was born and raised on a dairy farm near Sherwood, which is a small town not far from here. He wasn’t able to attend school as long as he allowed his children to, due to other obligations, but you wouldn’t know it by his ability to be successful during his lifetime. When Dad was in his early twenties, he began to court a young lady from nearby St. John, Rita Mary Kees. Dad would drive his car a couple of miles to visit Mom. Mom’s younger siblings would see him coming up the driveway and sing a song to Mom that started with, Ray-Ray come, Ray-Ray come. The courtship lasted until May 3rd, 1944 when Mom and Dad were married at St. John the Baptist church in St. John. That is when the fun started.
Mom and Dad bought a dairy farm about 5 miles out of Chilton, where they farmed for 52 years. They have 11 children. Raymond Jr., Richard, Ann Marie, Ronald, Theresa, Glenn, Gail, Carl, Karen, Connie and me. From those 11 children, we have 30 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and still counting. Dad was busy.
We lived on a small farm, so Dad had to work outside jobs along with farming. Dad was a hard worker.
It was during one of these jobs, driving a milk truck, when Dad came across a tractor rolling in a field with nobody in the seat. He jumped out of his truck and stopped the tractor shortly before it was about to run over the driver that had been thrown from the seat. Dad was a hero.
It wasn’t all work for Dad. He enjoyed Sheepshead, dancing, putting puzzles together and bean bagging. They played in a number of card clubs over the years and we as children, would watch and learn. I apologize in advance if some of you don’t understand the sheepshead terms I am about to use. It was just a few short weeks ago, when his grand-daughter Christine was having her baby shower that Mom attended, some of the brothers and I joined Dad for some sheepshead. Though he couldn’t see or hear that well, his mind was still as sharp as ever. He was sitting to my left, which means he was behind me when playing, and he would get a little grin on his face as he kept trumping me and taking tricks. Don’t know who won or lost money that day, don’t care. It was a great day playing cards with him. Dad was a card shark.
The other game Dad enjoyed was bean bags. He played for a number of years for Brant Inn in a local league. Growing up, we would go along and pick up the bags for the players to earn some spending money. A few years ago, some of my brothers and I thought of playing in a bean bag tournament that the Stockbridge Lions club sponsors every year. We thought it would be great if Dad would play with us and he agreed. The team name we thought of was “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Now some of you might think we used the name because of a popular TV show. However, it was more because everybody loved Dad. I mean, what’s not to love? We had some success in the tournament, but I won’t rub it in. For today, we will consider bean bag a sport. If NASCAR is a sport, we can call bean bag a sport. Dad was an athlete.
The Mueller family isn’t big on public showing of emotion. When we gather, we aren’t big on hugs like some families. But in no way does that mean the love isn’t there. I think we learned this quiet respect and assumed love from Dad. Dad was a man of few words, but when he spoke, people generally listened. Dad was very busy when we were growing up, but he would still take the time occasionally to take a couple of swings at the softball at night after milking. But for me, the love Dad had, really came out toward the grandchildren. After he was retired, he was able to spend time with them playing games and doing whatever they wanted. He would also give them hugs and kisses when it was time for them to go home. As far as respect, Dad was well respected in the community. I was often asked by people around Chilton who my parents were. After I would tell them, they would comment what nice people they are. My brother in law summed up community respect in this way, “respect for a man in the community is sometimes based on how he treats his wife.” Dad cherished the life he had with Mom, as evidenced by the many years they spent together. On May 3rd, they will be married 68 years. What great role models they both are for us. It was also a short time ago when Mom attended a funeral for a sibling, Sr. Anacile. She returned home after their normal bed time. Dad was still waiting in his chair until Mom returned home safely. Dad was a gentleman.
So as you can see, Dad was many things during his 94 years on earth. Among those was a great husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He often stated how he would live to be 100, close enough Dad, we’ll round up on this one.
We have a distinct advantage with our faith. That is we believe in everlasting life. We can all rest assured that Dad is up in heaven, sitting in a chair, Ronny on one side and Timmy on the other. Dad, have fun reuniting with them and the rest of your family. Save us a spot up there so that we may be with you again some day. We will miss you and we love you.