Leo Edward Mueller Jr., 91, of Streator passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care, Streator.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Sunday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Visitation will be from 12-2 P.M. Sunday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Streator.
Leo was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church , was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of The American Legion.
He was the son of Leo & Mary (Callahan) Mueller. He married Patricia Woll on August 29, 1946 by Pastor J.J. Cosgrove.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, of 73 years, their 10 children and his sister, Marilyn Ohligschlager of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Streator.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Adrienne Flynn, and granddaughter Christina M. Kallas. He was also preceded in death by brothers-in-law Wayne Ohligschlager, Bill Flynn, Philip Woll, Frank Coveny, Vincent Halm; sisters-in-law Evelyn (Woll) Coveny, Kathleen (Woll) Halm and Vera Woll; and sons-in-law Ronald (Kate) Ward and John (Mary) Getchell.
Their 10 children include, Leo (Linda) Mueller of Sheffield, IL, Kathleen (Ronald) Ward of Streator, Jerrilynn Kallas of Streator, Philip and Debra Mueller of Arizona, Daniel (Deborah) Mueller of Streator, Mary Ellen (Peter) Getchell Alexander of Michigan, Patrick Mueller of Streator, Edward (Teri) Mueller of Streator, Christian (Janet) of Wisconsin and Michael Mueller of Streator. He will be sadly missed by his children and lovingly missed by his 25 beloved grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Leo attended Grant School and was a 1945 graduate of Streator High School. He was inducted in the Army Air Force into Weather School, then as a SGT into the Army Air Force Band. He was honorably discharged. Music was his forte. He was an awesome alto saxophone player, as well with the clarinet. He played in military events all over the USA, and later played all over The Land of Lincoln with the Jonnie Kay Orchestra. In raising his 10 children, Leo worked hard and it seemed the harder the challenge, the more enjoyable the task. He had a special talent to fix, well, anything! He spent his professional working years as an Electrical Foreman at Libby-Owens Ford in Ottawa.
When the children were young, vacations were fishing trips or a trip to relatives from out of state. One fond memory was a trip through a western mountain pass in a station wagon full of kids, with eyes wide as silver dollars. Leo & Pat loved to dance and travel, and travel they did, all over the USA. Their favorite place was Jackson Hole, Wyoming when it was still a sleepy town and they often went boating and fishing on Jackson Lake, and watching the wild life. Leo & Pat also had the good fortune to travel overseas to 11 different countries, and when the Berlin Wall was still standing. Dad was also a lover of the Bulls and Bears!
He was loved by all family so very much.
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Hospital for children.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.solontelford.com