Albert Theodore “Ted” Mueller Jr., age 85 of North Platte, passed away Friday May 16, 2014.
Ted was born on October 11, 1928 in Scottsbluff to Albert T. and Mary Ella (Gardner) Mueller Sr. The family moved to North Platte from Scottsbluff to open the Mueller’s Grocery store. From an early age Ted and his brothers worked at the business after school and during the summer. He often talked about neighborhood friends and the ballgames they played at the Washington School. Over the years, Mueller’s Grocery was known for helping others during difficult times. Ted attended St. Patrick’s High School where in 1944 he met his future wife, Jean Hoefer. He graduated with the class of 1947 where he participated in football, basketball and summer league baseball. In his later years he commented how much he appreciated being educated by the Ursuline Sisters. After graduation he went into business with his father at the grocery store. He and Jean were married on September 3, 1950 and they were blessed with four children, Al, Debbie, Angie and Andrew.
Ted was a 16 year veteran of the National Guard. In 1974 after the death of his father he closed the grocery store and went to work for Fairmont Foods, finally retiring from Adams and Swanson Funeral Home in 1994. He was an avid golfer with many golf buddies. He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, active in the pro-life movement in North Platte, and supporter of the North Platte Catholic Schools. He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s and St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Churches.
Ted is survived by his daughter Angela (Louis) Schipper of Hamilton, New Zealand and sons Al and Andy Mueller of North Platte; grandchildren Jason (Julie) Mueller and Ryan (Jessica) Mueller of Lincoln, NE and Daniel Schipper and Christina Jean Schipper of Hamilton, New Zealand; 3 great grandsons Adam, Luke and Gage Mueller of Lincoln, NE; a sister Mary (Dutch) Jordan of Parker, CO; brothers Jim (Dee) Mueller of Denver, CO, and Bob (Iva) Mueller of Omaha, NE; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Jean his wife of 56 years; daughter Debbie; sisters Jeanie Berberich and Eleanor Callahan; and brother John Mueller.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Catholic School Endowment and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Catholic Wake Service will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday May 20, 2014 and Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday May 21, 2014, both at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church with Reverend Mark Seiker officiating. Visitation will be Sunday noon until 6:00 p.m., Monday 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.