Emil William Mueller, son of Ralph Hubert Mueller and Blanche Altis Mueller, born March 11, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri, died January 31, 2010 in San Diego, California, after a short bout with cancer.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Charles Mueller of Houston, Missouri; two daughters, Rebecca Huner and Charlotte Mueller of Ft. Collins, Colorado; four grandsons, Jay Yerxa and Brendan Mueller of Columbia, Missouri, Jacob and Ethan Dickinson of Ft. Collins, Colorado; and siblings Omanez Fockler of Houston, and Dwight Mueller of Grant City, Missouri.
Bill grew up in Houston, Missouri, and graduated from Houston High in 1950. At the age of 12 he felt the call to the ministry, deciding that he wanted to serve as a foreign missionary. He gave his first sermon at Rocky Branch at age 14 and pastored his first church, Grandview, at the age of 16. Other early churches were Oakland and Grogan. He received degrees from Southwest Baptist College and Baylor University and his master’s degree in divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1957.
Bill married Agnes Ann Southern in 1954. After seminary, he was an area missionary to eastern Kentucky for three years. In 1960 he and his family boarded a ship for Liberia, West Africa, and began his dream of missionary to Africa. For 13 years he worked to build the Southern Baptist Mission in Liberia, as a pastor, church planter, business manager and educator. He spent furlough years in Missouri, preaching and serving as a camp missionary. He also attended the University of Missouri, earning his master’s degree in education.
In 1973 Bill and his family returned to San Diego. There he studied clinical psychology and began his career as a therapist. Discovering the healing power of touch, he studied massage and in 1976 he opened the Mueller College of Holistic Studies. He taught there until his death. He received many awards from the American Massage Therapy Association and was president of the California Massage Therapy Association from 1978-1991.
A memorial service is planned March 13, 2010 at Wellspring Church, Houston. Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. and the service at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to Hospice of Care/TCMH Foundation at Texas County Memorial Hospital.