Raymond E. Mueller, 95, of Wabasha, Minn., and formerly of Alma, Wis., died Saturday, December 25, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center, Wabasha.
Raymond was born on September 20, 1909, on the homestead farm in rural Alma. He was the son of the late John and Anna (Boettcher) Mueller. On May 25, 1935, Raymond was united in marriage to Janet Steen in Triumph, Minn. Janet preceded Raymond in death on July 20, 2003.
Raymond and his wife farmed for many years in the Alma area as well as Elgin, Minn., and St. Charles, Minn. They also resided in Rochester, Minn., and Winona before retiring in Wabasha in 1979. While Raymond lived in Rochester and Winona, he was a self-employed handyman and carpenter.
He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Lake City, Minn.
Raymond enjoyed both flower and vegetable gardening, but the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was by far his greatest enjoyment of all.
Raymond is survived by five daughters, Muriel (Paul) Douglas of Lewiston, Minn., Shirley (Ronald) Johnston of Red Wing, Minn., Judy Ginther of Sioux Falls, S.D., June (Taisir) Mueller of Plymouth, Minn., and Gwen Mathers of Buffalo City, Wis.; ten grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
Besides his parents and wife, Janet, Raymond was preceded in death by a stillborn son, a great-granddaughter, a brother, Alvin, and two sons-in-law, Dick Ginther and Steve Mathers.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 29, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lake City, with the Reverend Bruce Stam officiating. Burial will be in Buffalo City Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday at the church in Lake City from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Talbot Family Funeral Home, Alma, Wis.