Services were held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 14, 2007, at the Alta High School Gymnasium, Alta, with Pastor Terry W. Pollard officiating. Burial was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta, Iowa. Barker Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.
Ronald Lee Mueller was born February 20, 1941, to William and Adelyne (Lueck) Mueller in Danube, Minnesota. He graduated from Danube High School and from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, in 1963, with a degree in Mathematics. He then attended Florida State University, Marquette University, University of South Dakota, Alabama University, and University of Nebraska. He received two Masters Degrees, one in Administration of Health and Physical Education and the other in Administration of Secondary Schools.
On June 7, 1964, Ron was united in marriage to Nancy Shipley in Wichita, Kansas. They made their first home in Sibley, Iowa, where Ron taught school and coached. He also taught and coached at Blue Earth, Minnesota, Tri-Center of Neola, and ended his career in Alta as principal for 27 years.
Ron's joys in life were his family, playing golf and cards, umpiring, gathering with friends, and watching sunsets over Lake Okoboji. Of utmost importance to him was his Christian faith and helping his fellow man. He took special pride in his ability to communicate with "kids" in his school. He made an effort to know each one personally and call them by name. Ron was always living life by the "Golden Rule", and exemplifying to others the benefit to society through it.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ron is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Nancy of Alta, Iowa; daughter, Laurie Mortensen and her husband Dana of Marion, Iowa; son, Bill Mueller and his wife Wendy of Sibley, Iowa; daughter, Mary Hoefle and her husband Bill of Marion, Iowa; six grandchildren, Kyle and Scott, Ryan and Macy, and Abby and Nathan; one brother, Howard Mueller and his wife Mary of Naperville, Illinois; mother-in-law, Mildred Murphy of Phoenix, Arizona; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A memorial fund will be established in Ron's name.