Ronald A. Mueller, 68

Ronald A. “Ron” Mueller, age 68, passed away Thursday March 26, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at The Kathy Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Aug. 19, 1946, in Sheboygan to the late Norbert and Ottilia (nee Schladweiler) Mueller. At an early age, the family moved to Fredonia, where he grew up. He attended St. Rose Grade School, and was a 1964 graduate of Port Washington High School.

He was employed at Gilson Bros. Co. in Fredonia for two years, before serving his country in the United States Army from June 1966 through June 1968. After his honorable discharge, he returned to work at Gilson Bros. for a short time before moving to West Bend.

On May 31, 1969, Ron was united in marriage to Jane Kasten of West Bend, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Fredonia. The couple made their home in West Bend, where they raised two beautiful daughters.

In August of 1969, Ron began working at the West Bend Post Office as a city letter carrier, a position he held for 24 years. The last few of those years he was also a part-time supervisor. On Oct. 13, 1993, he was appointed postmaster in Hingham. He served as postmaster for eleven years and during that time he also served as temporary postmaster at various offices. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service on Dec. 31, 2004. After his retirement, he began working part time at the West Bend Shopko store for seven years, and then resigned because of health issues.

Ron was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Parish, the American Legion Warren Kane Post 410 in Fredonia where he held several offices including Commander, the Fred A. Schaefer VFW Post 1393 of West Bend and the National Association of Postmasters of the United States.

Ron enjoyed music, and for 12 years he played in a band called “The Bel-Aires” with his brothers, Frank and Ray, and some friends. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping at the family’s mobile home on Lake Ellen in Cascade. He cherished his family and his grandchildren, and especially enjoyed the summers when all the family came out to the lake to go camping and fishing.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Jane; his two daughters, Lisa (Jody) Schneider of Traverse City, Michigan, and Stacy (Daniel) Jeserig of Menomonee Falls; seven grandchildren, Allison, Alec, Brendan, and Dylan Schneider of Traverse City, and Jackson, Leah, and Sloane Jeserig of Menomonee Falls; three brothers, Francis (Sandra) Mueller of Batavia, John Mueller of Cascade, and Raymond (Jean) Mueller of Silver Creek; two sisters, Mary Mueller of West Bend and Patricia Mueller of Sheboygan Falls; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Ottilia, and his parents-in-law, Richard and Emily Kasten.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church (1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend). The Rev. Nathan Reesman will be the celebrant. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 30 at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St.) West Bend from 4-8 p.m., and Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial with full military honors will follow in Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorials to St. Frances Cabrini Church or School, Warren Kane American Legion Post 410, Fred A. Schaefer VFW Post 1393 or Kathy Hospice are appreciated by the family.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of the Kraemer Cancer Center and Kathy Hospice for their wonderful care of Ron and his family.

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