Richard P. Mueller

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Richard "Dick" Mueller, 91, of Givens Health Center passed away Monday, June 8, 2015. He was the son of the late George H. and Mildred L. Mueller. He was a native of Milwaukee, but chose to live an active retirement in Asheville in 1985. He and his wife, Beth, returned to the area where they honeymooned in 1946. They enjoyed the natural beauty of the region and became involved in multiple social and service organizations. They initially resided in Crowfields, but Dick later moved to Givens Estates in 2005. Dick pursued an engineering career at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin. His education was interrupted by his service in WW II where he was a decorated member of the 96th Infantry Division, serving in the Philippines and Okinawa. After the war, he began his career with the family metal stamping business, Luitink Manufacturing Company, ultimately becoming the president. He actively participated in church and service organizations in the Milwaukee area and served on the Menomonee Falls Community Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees from 1976 – 1985. Dick was a member of the Asheville Racquet Club, the Biltmore Forest Country Club and several social men's groups. He always appreciated the opportunity of hearing or telling a good story or joke. In addition to interests in tennis, bridge and traveling, he especially treasured time spent with his family. Mr. Mueller was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, in 2003. He is survived by their children, Donald B. Mueller (Nancy) of Columbia, MO, Dr. Robert A. Mueller (Ellen) of Bristol, TN and Patricia L. Skattum (Robert) of Spokane, WA. He is also survived by his brother, Armand Mueller, of Vero Beach, FL as well as seven grandchildren (Christina, Katherine, Gregory, Randall, Jeffrey, Benjamin and Jennifer) and ten great grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted for Mr. Mueller on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Norma F. Pulliam Chapel at Asbury Commons in Givens Estates. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service. A private burial service will take place at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. The family expresses heartfelt thanks to Dr. James Ladd, the Givens Home Care Services team, Dr. Timothy Plaut and the entire staff at Givens Health Care Center for their care and support over the years. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Givens Estates, Mueller Family Endowment, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803 or to Mission Healthcare Foundation, Inc., PO Box 5363, Asheville, NC 28813 or to a charity of your choice. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. On behalf of myself and my uncle Bob Gerschke please accept our condolences. Bob was the President of Wisconsin Gasket and had the privilege of working with Richard in the Milwaukee area. I live in the Asheville area and had occasion to visit Richard on a couple of occasions and I enjoyed his stories of the early days of manufacturing in my hometown.

  2. I am sorry to hear the passing of Mr.Mueller. May you be comforted by God’s word in John 5:28, 29 and Acts 24:15 that there will be a resurrection to life of all our dear loved ones.

  3. My condolences to the Mueller family. May it help you to know that Psalms 34:18 read: God is close to the brokenhearted; he save those who are crushed in spirit. Yes, at this time of need, he care and is willing and able to give you and your family the needed strength to continue on, in your days ahead.

  4. Dick and Beth leave a legacy of a beautiful and loving family. The family members in attendance at your memorial service today are living proof of Mueller family love. The Semmens nephews and niece of my generation thank you for shared memories send condolences. Our lives have been blessed by all the Mueller family. God\’s peace to all.

  5. Thank you for protecting our country during WWII. Rest well and may God comfort your loved ones.
    ~A WWII veteran’s daughter

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