Joseph John Mueller Jr
Joseph John Mueller Jr., 93, was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on
Sunday, March 6, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Joseph was born September, 24, 1922, son of Rose (Staehler) Mueller and Joseph John Mueller Sr.
He married Arlene W. Hartmann on August 30, 1947 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nenno, WI. She preceded him in death on July 8, 1998.
He married Beatrice (Ullrich) Roth on June 29, 2002 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Hudson, WI
Joseph is survived by his wife Beatrice, his 3 children, David J. (Mary) Mueller Paulene M. Polly Mueller, of Fond du Lac, and Mark A. (Kim) Mueller of Campbellsport, his 13 grandchildren: Isaac (Kate) Mueller, Sarah (Craig) Loest, Samuel (Molly) Mueller, Jacob Mueller (special friend Amy), Karl Albert, Anne (Dan) Loehr, Josef (Dolsie) Albert, Aaron Marks (special friend Tayler), Leah (Jeremy) Bode, Rick (Casey) Mueller, Luke Mueller (special friend Arielle), Josh Mueller (fiancé-Danielle) and Eli Mueller (special friend Emily), 17 great grandchildren, 8 step-daughters and their spouses: Joan and Scott Bellis, Mary and Dennis Erickson. Jeanne and Tom Wulff , Sandy and Alan Immel, Patty and Tom Murphy, Joyce and Ralph Allen, Barb and Dennis Lichtensteiger, Michelle Roth and Jacob Ribald, and 28 step-grandchildren, 48 step-great-grandchildren.
Joe is further survived by his siblings Elizabeth Theusch, Olive (Harry) Batzler, Leo Mueller, Harold (Kathryn) Mueller and Rose Guell, his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Patricia Mueller, Joan and Norbert Bassill, Jerry Ullrich and Theresa and Richard Immel, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and his first wife Arlene, Joseph was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd R. Mueller and his sister Rita (John) Spoerl, brothers-in-law and sisters-in law Edward Theusch, Gordon Bob Guell, Roman and Florence Hartmann, Edmund and Anita Hartmann, Norbert and Esther Hartmann, Cyril and Priscilla Westerman and Vicki Ullrich, two nieces, one nephew and one step-grandson.
Joseph attended Hillside School, a one-room schoolhouse near his home, and later St. Kilian grade school. He recovered from tetanus lock-jaw at the age of fourteen.
For more than fifty years, Joe owned and successfully operated a family dairy and beef farm. He provided custom farm work for neighboring farmers in the rural Campbellsport area, before moving to the village of Campbellsport in 1982. He was a humble man with a great work ethic and sense of integrity. He was an advocate for the family farmer and the preservation of agricultural farmland. He took pleasure in planting and watching the grain and hay crops grow. He enjoyed planting seedling evergreen trees to create windbreaks, making maple syrup and gardening. He took great pride in his peach tree adventures. Joe had a great sense of humor which he maintained into his final days.
He started drumming in the family variety band in 1966 and later with area bands including Syl Volms Polka Dots and, along with his wife Beatrice, The Willie Fochs band.
Joe realized one of his lifelong goals in 2006, with the opportunity to visit Germany, the homeland of his grandfather.