|Gordon Jerome Mueller|
May 29, 1931 to March 30, 2013
Dad was born May 29, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wis., son of George and Irene.He grew up poor and his family struggled. Dad graduated from Riverside High School as valedictorian in 1949. He then traveled to Evanston, Ill., and Northwestern University on an academic scholarship. Dad graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Accounting degree.
Then he attended Marquette Law School. He gave up the aspiration for a legal career when he met the love of his life, Daisy Wilcox. Jerry and Daisy met at the A&W and spent their time courting at Camp Waushara in Wautoma, Wis.
Mom and Dad were married in Wautoma on March 24, 1955. Jerry and Daisy moved to Wauwatosa and started a successful accounting business. In 1976, they moved back to Wautoma to John’s Lake. Jerry’s mother, Irene, then married Daisy’s father, Silas, which drew the family still closer.
The accounting business grew into Mueller & Mueller Accounting in 1983, with the addition of Jerry’s son and daughter to the business.
Mom and Dad retired to Land O’ Lakes, Wis., in 1998, and spent seven years together before Mom died in 2005. Then Jerry lived in Land O’ Lakes until 2011, when he moved back home.
Dad sat on many church and charity committees and boards. He loved investing in real estate, walking his hounds, playing blackjack and poker at Watersmeet, and watching old movies and musicals. His favorite actress was Sophia Loren.
There were many family gatherings at John’s Lake — hams on the spit, barrels of beer, poker and sheepshead games. Many nights were spent singing by the campfire with aunts, uncles and friends.
Dad wasn’t much of a hunter, but loved hunting camp — playing poker, telling stories, and eating and drinking with all of his clients and friends at camp in Mt. Morris.
His favorite place was Birch Lake in Land O’ Lakes. Here he earned the nickname “Wild Goose.”
Survivors include his sons, Jeb (Jenny) Mueller, Mt. Morris, Jim (Debbie) Mueller, Fox Lake, Wis.; daughters, Marla (Mark) Reepsdorf, Mt. Morris, Mary (Jeff) Dassow, Mt. Morris; grandsons, Jason, Brett and Tyler; granddaughters, Cody and Tammy; nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, George and Irene; stepfather and father-in-law, Silas Wilcox; brother, Dick (Marge) Mueller; brother-in-law, Doc (Phyllis) Young; and very many friends along the way.
Per Dad’s wishes, there will not be a service or a funeral. Dad and Mom’s ashes will be spread in the place they loved, with a campfire memorial, with all the children at Birch Lake.
No flowers, please. You can send condolences to: Mueller Family, P.O. Box 856, Wautoma, WI 54982.
Leikness Funeral Home of Wautoma is assisting the family with the arrangements. www.wautomafuneralhome.com.
|Tuesday, April 02, 2013 1:52 PM|