Former Juneau resident Richard Joseph Mueller, 83, died Monday, April 22, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Seattle and attended Lincoln High School. He served for six years in the U.S. Navy in World War II and received numerous medals and honors. He retired from the Alaska National Guard on Sept. 30, 1976, after serving for 22 years.
He lived in Ketchikan for four years, Juneau for 14 years and Anchorage for 14 years. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and the Juneau Sandblasters Golf Club. He grew up enjoying sports, particularly baseball, and later in life took up golf. His family said he enjoyed working with his hands, reading and keeping up with current events. They said his ever-inquisitive mind and exceptionally charming sense of humor were a delight to all who knew him, and he dedicated his life to serving his country.
Following retirement, he spent 10 years traveling in his RV. His family said he was a dedicated father, husband, mentor and true friend.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Mueller, Anchorage; children Joseph Mueller and his wife Terry, Juneau, Donald Mueller, Washington state, and Claudia Ussery and her husband Mike, Anchorage; and grandchildren Channing Burke, Juneau, Travis Burke, Arizona, and Michelle and Renee Ussery, Washington.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2002, at South Anchorage Assembly of God Church, 12101 Brayton. A reception will immediately follow the service.