Francis N. Muller, 77, of Tempe, Ariz., and formerly of Remsen, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at the Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa, Ariz.
Francis N. Muller was born Sept. 27,1927, in Marcus, the son of James P. and Agnes (Kass) Muller. Francis was raised in Remsen and received his education at St. Mary's Catholic School from which he graduated in 1945. He entered the U.S. Army on Dec. 4, 1945 and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, being discharged Jan. 21, 1947. He then returned to Remsen to work in the construction business with his father. On June 7, 1950, he married Mary Lou Shea and they made their home on a farm near Remsen where they raised their children. In the early 1970s, they started Muller's Inc., a furniture, gift and interior decorating business in Remsen. In 1984 they moved to Tempe, Ariz., and enjoyed retirement and frequent returns to Remsen for many years.
Francis was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, V.F.W. Post 3328, and the Lions Club, all of Remsen.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou of Tempe, Ariz.; three sons and their wives, John and Jane of Paullina, Dr. James and Linda of Manhattan, Kan., Dr. Philip and Valentina of Sioux City; three daughters, Barbara and her husband, William Champion of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ann Muller of San Antonio, Texas, Joan and her husband, Dan Carlson of San Anselmo, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Yvonne and her husband, Ivan Theisen of Marcus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, William Paul in infancy.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, April 4, at the Church of the Resurrection at Tempe, Ariz., with the Rev. Tim Davern officiating.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen. Graveside military services will be conducted by Post 220 American Legion and Post 3328 V.F.W. Visitation with friends will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen.
Casketbearers were his grandsons, Jason, Jared and Theron Muller, David Torrez, and Nicholas and Bayard Carlson.
Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen was in charge of arrangements.