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TOWANDA - Donald J. Mueller, 85, father of a Towanda resident, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 2, 2006) at his home in Champaign.

Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign, is in charge of arrangements. There will be a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 403 W. Clark St., Champaign. Father Dennis Spohrer will officiate. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Champaign. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. There also will be a parish wake service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

He was born Sept. 20, 1920, at Belleville, a son of John E. and Frieda Gundlach Mueller. He married Vivian Woods on April 19, 1944, in East St. Louis. She survives and resides in Champaign.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Glenn Mueller, Urbana, and Dennis Mueller, Towanda; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Allen J. Mueller, Belleville.

He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, one brother and one sister.

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Champaign. He was a life member and past-exalted ruler of the Champaign-Urbana Elks Club 2497 and was a former member of the Champaign Moose Club. He worked as a farmer in the Belleville area until 1959, when he purchased the Western Auto Parts Store in Urbana and moved to the Champaign area. He worked as a building service inspector at the University of Illinois, retiring in 1982. He also enjoyed bowling and golfing.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Carle Hospice 206A W. Anthony Drive, Urbana, IL 61801; or to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 403 W. Clark St., Champaign, IL 61820.

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