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Wilhelm Mueller
  • Passed away on May 11, 2020

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Wilhelm “Bill” Mueller of The Villages, Florida went to be with the Lord May 11, 2020. He was surrounded by his family where he died peacefully in his home after a long struggle with cancer.

Wilhelm is survived by his wife of 59 years, Edith Mueller, daughter Melissa Mueller Hodges of Centerville Ohio and son Eric Mueller, Loveland Ohio; and his five grandchildren, Karl, Gillian, Drake, Bailey and Meghan.

Wilhelm was born July 31, 1936 in a small German farming community in Croatia. Things were happy there until after 1939 when Hitler invaded Yugoslavia and communist partisans began attacking the villagers. In 1944, the German army rescued them, and they were forced to flee with one day’s notice under a hail of gunfire.  By 1945, they slowly made their way to Vienna, Austria. In 1949 his family applied for permission to immigrate to the USA, but had to  get to Germany first, as the immigration quota was higher. After a long waiting period, they finally came to the USA in 1952.

Wilhelm settled with his mother, brother and extended family in Dayton, Ohio. In 1956, he graduated from Patterson Co-Op High School in Dayton, Ohio., after which he began his career in the tool and die industry.

Wilhelm met his future bride Edith Federspiel, also a German immigrant, in May 1958 after being set up on a blind date by Wilhelm’s Aunt.  By December they were engaged. Wilhelm then served two years in the Army and was stationed in Germany. Upon his return, they were married in 1961.

Wilhelm and Edith resided in Dayton Ohio until 2004. Upon retirement, they moved to The Villages. Here they spent many happy years together, active in the German Club and the Beachcombers.  Wilhelm loved traditional German folk music, classical music and dancing. He was a hard-working man, a loyal friend, a loving husband and a wonderful father and Opa.  Services are pending at The First Baptist Church of the Villages, with interment at Bushnell National Cemetery to follow, once restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Wilhelm’s honor to Hospice of Marion County (hospiceofmarion.com).

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  1. 21 May 2020
    Diana lit a candle:
    Lit since May 21, 2020 at 5:37:52 AM

  2. 20 May 2020
    Diana Mueller posted an image:
    Siesta Key with the family
    Siesta Key with the family

  3. 20 May 2020
    Diana Mueller posted an image:
    Out for dinner
    Out for dinner

  4. 20 May 2020
    Diana Mueller posted an image:
    Germania Club
    Germania Club

  5. 20 May 2020
    Diana Mueller posted an image:
    Happy 80th!
    Happy 80th!

  6. 20 May 2020
    Diana Mueller posted an image:
    German club Christmas party 2019
    German club Christmas party 2019

  7. 20 May 2020
    Eric Mueller lit a candle:
    Lit since May 20, 2020 at 5:07:12 PM

  8. 20 May 2020
    Eric Mueller lit a candle:
    Lit since May 20, 2020 at 5:06:41 PM

  9. 20 May 2020
    Eric Mueller posted an image:
    Mom and Dad 2016
    Mom and Dad 2016

  10. 16 May 2020
    Donna & Dick Stegemeier says:
    Edith and family,

    We were so very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. We know he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

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