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Rev. Dr. Herbert Christian Mueller, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Herbert Christian Mueller Jr., 66, of Waterloo, IL, died March 21, 2020, in Columbia, IL. He was born May 16, 1953, in Grand Forks, ND.

He is survived by his wife Faith Mueller (nee Anderson); sons Herbert Christian (Kristen) Mueller III and Nathan James (Aimee) Mueller; daughter Carol Bethany (Michael) Scheck; grandchildren Catie Mueller, Bram Meyer, Naomi Mueller, Micah Mueller, Rachel Mueller, and Rowan Scheck; mother Ruth H. Mueller (nee Polley).

He is preceded in death by his father Herbert Christian Mueller Sr.

Herb proudly served the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from 1977-1994. He served three churches: Mt. Calvary in Chicago, Zion in Bethalto, IL and Immanuel Lutheran in Waterloo, IL.

His leadership skills and patient compassion were needed on the Southern Illinois district level from 1994-2010. During that time his greatest accomplishment was starting a Lutheran School in East St. Louis where 200+ students learn about God's love in Jesus. From 2010 until his retirement in 2019 he served as First Vice President on the national level. He became the bridge to bring people together and lessened conflict. He also helped over 35 lay ministers become ordained pastors.

His greatest joy was being a husband, father, and grandfather. He wants everyone to know that he is with the Lord waiting for the Great Resurrection when Jesus returns to take everyone who believes in Him to our heavenly home where we will forever all be with the Lord.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Hospice of Southern Illinois or Immanuel Lutheran Church - Waterloo, IL

Private services will be held with a Celebration of Life at a later date.

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Years ago, I was the head elder at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Troy. On Christmas Eve our pastor became ill and I was asked to lead our children's Christmas program and our midnight service. These our the largest services of the year, and I was having a severe panic attack. Pastor Mueller came to our rescue. In an answer to prayer he performed both services. In between services he came to our home and our teen age sons helped entertain pastor and his wife by making balloon animals. It was a wonderful Christmas memory that I will never forget. Thank you pastor.

Phil Loethen Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM

My sympathy to the family. Pres. Mueller was a great influence on me when I worked at Luthrran Child and Services.
Janet Keiser

jkeiser156@yahoo.com Mar 26 2020 12:00 AM

Herb Mueller was a "pastor of Missouri Synod" in the best, and old sense of the term. A plain, humble servant of the Lord. What was Jesus like? He was like Herb; or rather Herb was like Him, for Herb was full of the Word, which is to be full of Christ. His Greek New Testament was beat up and shabby from much reading. Now Herb is in the grave as Jesus was. But Jesus rose from the dead. Herb will too. Goodbye, dear brother. "And flights of angels sing thee to the rest."

Rev. Dr. Fritz Baue Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM

Herb joined a group that I lead. Although outnumbered by women, Herb never lost patience and will be a missed member. He cheered all of the successes and he provided strong support for any of the challenges. Faith know that we are with you in prayer.

Yolandea Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM