NORTH PORT - Ferdinand F. Mueller of North Port, FL passed away on July 9, 2012 at the age of 86. Ferdinand was born December 18, 1925 in Fenton, IA to Clara (Bierstedt) and Ferdinand F. Mueller.
Ferd as Seaman First Class, honorably defended our country during WW II on the Naval Amphibious Destroyer U.S.S. Bates in the south pacific. While in the process of carrying out an essential military operation, his ship was bombed and destroyed. Being one of the few survivors, he spent many months in a Naval Hospital recuperating from extensive injuries upon which he was awarded the purple heart and Navy Combat Metal. Upon his honorable discharge, he continued service to the U.S. government in the postal field for 30 years. During his retirement he took great pride in the care and the maintenance of his home and properties and also shared a unique interest in classic western movies.
When asked what he is most proud of in life, his answer was consistently the same: his family.
FERDINAND F. MUELLER
Survivors include his wife, Joan; four children: Lynda Miller of Coralville, IA, Dr. Steven Mueller of Algona, IA, Lance Mueller of Hayden, ID and Dr. Shawn Mueller of Fort Myers, FL; his sister, Viola Doehla of Iowa City, IA; his ten grandchildren: Amy, Josh, Lindsey, Kyle, Jesse, Karla, Brian, Ashley, Katie and Blake; and his ten great grandchildren.
Funeral Service for Ferdinand Mueller will be held Saturday July 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Oakcrest Funeral Services in Algona with interment in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Fenton, Iowa. Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Hagg-Turner Post #90 and V.F.W. Post #2541 Algona. Visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral time at Oakcrest Funeral Services in Algona.