|Jean Kay Morse-Jackson
Joined: 29 Mar 2008
|Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:25 pm Post subject: Mueller, Henry W. "Hank" "Butch" 1922-20
|Obit: Daily Reporter, Wellsville, NY; Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:00 PM; Last update Feb 15, 2013 @ 08:54 PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Henry W. "Hank" "Butch" Mueller, 79, of Melbourne, Fla., and formerly of Wellsville, died peacefully with family by his side on Feb. 10, 2013, following an extended illness.
A former resident of Wellsville, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga., Mr. Mueller was born on Nov. 9, 1933, in Buffalo, N.Y., and was the youngest of four children.
He is predeceased by his parents, Henry W. Mueller Sr. and Ruth Ziebarth Mueller; and three beloved sisters, Ruth Float, Marion Steinwandel and Naomi Kinmartin.
In addition to his wife and sweetheart of 56 years, the former Patricia O’Donnell, Mr. Mueller is survived by his daughter, Patricia Heitmuller of Atlanta, Ga.; his son, David Mueller; daughter-in-law, Janet; and treasured grandchildren, Kristin, Ryan and Megan, all of Jasper, Ga.; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews residing in every corner of the U.S.
Hank, also nicknamed “Butch”, was known to many as a successful salesman and mechanical engineer (employed by the Air Preheater Company, Inc., Power Replacements, Inc., retired from the Helmick Corporation and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers); near-scratch golfer and skilled athlete; a caring coach and mentor; a devoted gardener; a crooner-style singer who loved the “standards”; and a connoisseur of the perfect Manhattan.
During the many years he lived in Wellsville, Hank devoted much of his leisure time to athletics and service. He played on Wellsville’s traveling baseball team, coached young people in the town’s Minor League Baseball and Small Court Basketball leagues and served in leadership roles in both leagues. He frequently selected at-risk youth for his teams because he wanted to make a difference in their lives. In addition, he was an active member of the Wellsville Country Club. His commitment to community service included many years with the Wellsville Lions Club, where he loved performing in the club’s annual variety show; the Boy Scouts of America, where he was a leader; and as a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.
After moving to Atlanta in 1973, Hank’s love of golf, performance and service continued. In his new community, he was a member of the Briarcliff United Methodist Church. In addition, he affiliated with the Trispro singing group and enjoyed participating in both individual and group performances. Following a kidney transplant in 1991, Hank engaged with the Georgia Transplant Foundation as a committed member of the Board of Directors. Helping transplant candidates and recipients live healthy and active lives became his passion. One of his greatest personal achievements was competing and medaling in the Transplant Games as a representative for Team Georgia.