Robert J. Mueller


July 26, 1939 - March 6, 2013

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Robert James Mueller, 73, of 628 8th Street, LaSalle, passed away Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru shortly after arrival.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 at Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home in LaSalle followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Patrickís Church, LaSalle with Rev. Antonio Dittmer, pastor of LaSalle Catholic Parishes officiating. Burial will follow at St. Vincentís Cemetery, LaSalle. Visitation will be 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with a prayer service at 3 p.m.

Mr. Mueller was born July 26, 1939 in LaSalle to Joseph and Sally (Leszczyski) Mueller Basalay. He married Charleen Flannery on January 13, 1958 at St. Patrickís Church in LaSalle. He graduated from Drake University with a masterís degree in English and played basketball for Drake University. He was a teacher at Mendota High School, L-P High School, and retired from IVCC. He coached football, basketball, and tennis at L-P High School and later coached tennis and football at IVCC. Mr. Mueller was a member of St. Patrickís Church in LaSalle.

Survivors include his wife, Charleen of LaSalle; 6 children, Dr. Michelle Mueller of Normal, Robert (Paula) Mueller of Woodridge, Kathy Ulivi of Morris, Gary (Jean) Mueller of New Lenox, Brian (Tricia) Mueller of Bloomington, and Craig Mueller of Havre, Montana; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Bruce (Sophie) Mueller of South Barrington; one step-brother, Robert (Karen) Basalay of Midlothian, Virginia; one brother in-law, Vincent (Cathy) Flannery of LaSalle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sally Mueller Basalay and Joseph Mueller; one brother, Joseph William Mueller; his in-laws, Vincent and Edna Flannery.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Katie Ulivi, Kari Dragovan, Lynn Mueller, Erin Mueller, Bobby Mueller, Kimberly Ulivi, Ben Mueller, Megan Mueller, Scott Mueller, and Ella Mueller.

Memorial donations may be directed to the family.