Everett Walter Mueller -- Rochester

September 17, 2018

Everett “Ev” Mueller, 91, of Rochester, formally of Winona, was called to his eternal home on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

Ev was born June 29, 1927, in Hillsdale Township, Winona County, to Walter and Gertrude (Stellwagen) Mueller. He married Marion Joyce Colstrup on June 9, 1950.

He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1945. As a 17-year-old high school graduate, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He completed basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station and was sent overseas to Guam, where he was assigned to the USS Ukiah (PC-1251) submarine chaser class.

Upon discharge from the service in 1946, he enrolled at Winona State Teachers College, graduating in 1950 with a BS degree in Education, majoring in History, Physical Education and Elementary. He began his teaching career in Winona at Madison School. After four years, he accepted his first administrative assignment in Winnebago, Minn., eventually moving to Luverne, Minn., where he was Principal of a large, newly consolidated elementary school for 11 years. The family returned to Winona in 1967, serving as Associate Superintendent for ISD #861, until his retirement in 1989. During his 39 years in Public Education, Ev was known for his expertise in school district consolidation. He was recognized by the Bush Foundation for his classroom teaching innovations.

Ev was a four-year college letterman on championship baseball teams, posting a notable pitching record. For many years, he was an active area baseball player and league bowler. He learned to play golf after he hung up his spikes and recorded two holes-in-one! Ev was a charter member in the Kiwanis Sunrisers Club in Winona and was active in his church and many organizations within the community. Ev had a strong faith and taught Sunday school and Bible studies his entire life.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marion. Their marriage was blessed with six children: sons, Gary (Suzanne), John, Randy (Linda), Charles (Gail), and Paul (Nancy); and daughter, Marybeth Gardner (John); 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Lorraine Korn.

Memorials are preferred to #861 Foundation or Winona County Historical Society. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the medical and care staff at Homestead, Seasons Hospice and Mayo Clinic for the exceptional care shown to Ev and Marion during the last year.

The funeral service for Everett Mueller will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, with Pastor Adam Koglin officiating, preceded by a visitation at 10 a.m. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.

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