Lothar Kurt Robert Mueller
Lothar Kurt Robert Mueller peacefully passed in his sleep Wednesday morning, April 28, 2021. Lou, as his friends knew him, immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah as a young man from Kiel, Germany where he was born on January 19, 1940 to his parents Kurt and Elsa Mueller.
Lou's earliest memories were of the relentless Allied bombings of Kiel and picking over harvested potato fields with his older sister Liane to find food for their family. After surviving malnourishment in post-war Germany, Lou and his family set sail for America. At nearly 13 years-old he was forced to abandon ship into the frigid, winter North Sea when their ship, the SS Flying Enterprise, began to sink. All of the Mueller's survived and, undaunted, they established a new life in Utah. Lou was a life-long, dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After serving a full-time mission for the LDS Church in Vienna, Austria, he married Mary Dee Duehlmeier in the Salt Lake City Temple. Lou completed a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Brigham Young University after which he started a 33-year career as an educator, administrator, and soccer coach for the Beaverton School District at Sunset High School.
Having settled in Oregon, Lou and Mary Dee established a home in Forest Grove and continued to grow their family. Lou volunteered at his church in many roles and continued his education by earning a Master of Arts in Education at Pacific University. Lou was a hard-working, loving husband and father who has earned his eternal reward and peace with his Heavenly Father. Lou is survived by his wife, Mary Dee; sons, Marck Mueller and Travis Mueller; daughters, April (Ron) Davis and Suzy (Greg) Christensen and 14 grandchildren, Christopher, Kurt, Stacy, Joshua, Jacob, Lisa, Laura, Matty, Henry, Elsa, Ansel, Louisa, Calvin and Natalie.