88-year old A. Charles Mueller of Peru died Thursday morning at Manor Court of Peru. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Mueller Funeral Home in Peru followed by a Mass of Christian burial at noon at St. Joseph's Church, Peru. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Spring Valley, with full military rites conducted by the Peru Veterans Memorial Group. Visitation is Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home with recital of the rosary at 2:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to a church or charity of the donor's choice.
He attended the University of Illinois before enlisting in the Army Air Corps. He was an aerial navigator in the Army Air Corps during World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He flew B-24s and B-25s in WWII and B-29s in the Korean Conflict.
He graduated from Worsham College. He was the founder and former president of Mueller Funeral Homes in Peru, Ottawa and Lostant and a partner in Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home, La Salle, and Prey-Mueller Funeral Home, Oglesby.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Peru, past president of the Holy Name Society, St. Benedict's Court, COF, Calvert Council Knights of Columbus, 60-year member of the Peru American Legion Post, Fraternal Order of Eagles, past president of the Peru Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow, past president Tri-City T.B. Society, chairman La Salle County Welfare Advisory Board, Peru CSO, La Salle-Peru Elks Lodge, La Salle-Peru Chamber of Commerce since 1950, Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce since 1978 and St. Bede Alumni Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Peru; five children, Barbara Peters of Texas, A. Charles Mueller Jr. of La Salle, Arthur Mueller, of Ottawa, John Mueller, M.D. of Dunlap, and Jane Fly of Houston. Also by 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Arrangements for A. Charles Mueller of Peru are through Mueller Funeral Home in Peru.