Robert L. Mueller
June 27, 1924 Ė Sept. 8, 2010
Robert L. Mueller, 86, of Appleton, formerly of Waukesha, affectionately
known as S.O.B. (Sweet Old Bob), died peacefully at his home Wednesday,
Sept. 8, 2010, of colon cancer.
Bob was famous for his detailed explanations. Ask him a question on any
subject and he would give you more information than you ever wanted. Bob
was a lifelong target shooter and enjoyed muzzle-loading rendezvous. He
tanned his own hides to make his clothes and moccasins for the rendezvous.
He was a founding member of the Old Northwest Trading Co. He was a
longtime member of the Appleton Rifle and Pistol Club and a former member
of Hartland Sportsmenís Club and Smokey Hollow Muzzle Loaders club. Bob
was a U.S. Marine who served in the South Pacific during World War II as a
radar technician in the 1st Air Warning Squadron, serving on several
islands, leaving active duty in March in 1946 as a staff sergeant. Before
enlisting in the Marine Corps, he attended Carroll College in Waukesha.
Upon his discharge, he completed his chemical engineering degree at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Mueller (nee Mueller) in
1947. He was preceded in death by Dorothy in 2002 and his son, Fredrick,
Bob is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Ruys (Joe) of Castle Rock,
Colo.; his son, Patrick (Pam) of Muskego; his brother, Andy of Waukesha;
grandchildren, Jeff (Stephanie) Ruys, Julie (Matt) Peterson, Suzie
(Steven) Tellefson, Jessica Larson and Sam Mueller; and four
Bob and Dorothy enjoyed playing bridge with friends. He also had the
patent for the container in which the first astronauts mixed their Tang.
After he retired, he used his knowledge of packaging to found Tipi Paper.
Tipi Paper grew from just a few local clients to shipping international.
He volunteered from 1986 to 1991 for International Executive Service
Corp., sharing his expertise in plastic food packaging, traveling to
several countries and a few islands.
According to his wishes, his body was donated to the Medical College of
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at St.
Bernardís Church, 1617 W. Pine St., Appleton, with a luncheon at the
church to follow.
Once a Marine always a Marine. SEMPER FI.