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Richard Allan Muller
Nov. 17, 1925 - Oct. 28, 2017
Richard Muller, 91, of Windom died Oct. 28, 2017, at his farm in rural Windom.
Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 2, at 10:30 a.m., at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom with Pastor Paul Sajban officiating.
Special music was provided by Linda Staples, organist. Congregational hymns were: "How Great Thou Art," " The Old Rugged Cross," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Amazing Grace" and "I Know My Redeemer Lives."
Ushers were Phil Duerksen, Scott Veenker and Daryl Tasler.
Casket bearers were Andy Maras, Jordan Muller, Travis Muller, Pat Tiede, Tom Muller and Steve Muller.
Honorary bearers were Betty Tasler, Pat Miller, Delores Schroeder, Elizabeth Wiemann, Pearl Christoffer, Edith Morphew, Bob and Joyce Oltmans, Fran Hochstein, Delores Horkey, and Wayne and Meridith Grams.
Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Rich was born on Nov. 17, 1925, in Windom to Reuben McKinley and Amy Elizabeth Muller. He was baptized at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Windom.
He attended school through grade 8 at Greenhill School District 75 in Dale Township and graduated from Windom High School in the class of 1943.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1947-48 in the Korean Conflict.
On July 2, 1950, he married Dolores Schmidt, also of Dale Township, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom. They lived their entire married life on the same farm in Dale Township.
Rich farmed his entire life and was a Pioneer Seed dealer for 33 years and sincerely enjoyed each of his customers and considered them friends.
He was very active in his church, serving as elder, usher, trustee, board of education, Sonshine Preschool board, Sunday School superintendent and youth counselor.
He served his community as a director of the Delft Co-op Elevator, Dale Township supervisor, Dale Diggers 4-H Club leader and was an active member of the Dale Farmer's Club.
In 1955, he competed and won the Minnesota State Plowing contest with his JD Model A tractor and a three-bottom plow. He went on to take fifth place at the national plowing contest in Indiana. The local John Deere dealer allowed him to use a one-ton flatbed truck to haul his plow to Indiana and arrangements were made for him to use a new JD 60 tractor. He was glad for the extra horsepower as it plowed tough.
He had many enjoyments in life, including golfing, trap shooting, snowmobiling, keeping his yard up, plowing with the "old" Delft Furrow Makers, helping his sons and grandson restore old tractors, and watching Travis in his snowmobile races.
He truly enjoyed each of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 67 years, Dolores; his children and their spouses: Gail Maras (Russell), Wayne Muller (Monica) and Scott Muller (Lisa) all of Windom. His grandchildren are Andrew Maras (Tiffany Wahl), Sara Maras (Matt Arlandson), Kathryn Underwood (Andrew), Mindy Shupe (Brad), Bridgette Armstrong (Robby), Andrea Muller (Pat Tiede), Jordan Muller and Travis Muller (Jasmine Erickson) and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Oberle of Jeffers; his brother, David Muller, and sister-in-law, Beatty, of rural Windom; brother-in-law, Paul Schmidt of Fulshear, Texas; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Warren Muller, and sister-in-law, Bernice; brother-in-law, Jack Oberle; sister-in-law, Mary Schmidt; and nephew, Tim Muller.
He went to heaven doing what he loved - working the land in his John Deere just north of his home.