Wesley Muller

Posted Online: May 06, 2013, 6:53 pm
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Wesley H. Muller, 95, of Walcott, formerly of Durant, died on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 10, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Durant. Interment will take place at the Durant Cemetery, Durant. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Wes was born April 14, 1918, to Herbert and Dora Heuer Muller in Scott County, Iowa. He married Verna A. Petersen on Feb. 9, 1944, in Davenport.
Wes owned and operated Durant Fabricating and Repair in Durant, retiring in 1983. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Durant, where he served on the church council for four years. He was a member of the Durant American Legion Post 430.
Wes served his country and community in numerous ways, including serving in the United States Army for 4 1/2 years during World War II, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. He served four years on the Durant School Board. In 1987, he was elected to a seat on the Durant City Council, which he held for 18 years. He became a member of the Durant Senior Citizens in 1988 and served as their president for two years. He served on the Cedar County Economic Development Board and was a member of the Durant Living Limbs Committee.
One of his final contributions to the community was the ornamental iron fence he designed, fabricated and installed in Pythian Sisters Park in Durant.
He loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Verna Muller, Walcott; his daughter, Linda, and her husband Jeffrey Stengel, of Presto, Pa.; his sons, Ronald, and his wife Bernice Muller, Camas, Wash., Brian, and his wife Sandy Muller, Moline, Steven Muller, Bettendorf, and Jeffrey, and his wife Dawn Muller, East Rochester, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Staci, Michael, Brittany, Kristyn and Shayna; three great-grandchildren, John, William and Robert; and his brother, Lee, and his wife Mary Ann Muller, Walcott. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Stan Muller.
Memorial donations may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Durant in his memory.
The family would like to thank the caring staffs at Bettendorf Health Care Center and Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House for the care they provide to Wes.
Online remembrances and condolences may be left at bentleyfuneralhome.com.


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