Retired Sgt. Maj. Joseph T. “Jody” Muller Sr., 83, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Brookdale of Topeka.
He was born Sept. 17, 1935, at St. Marys, the son of Frank and Catherine Bennett Muller. Shortly after, his family moved to Delia, moving back to St. Marys when he was in the eighth grade. He graduated from Immaculate Conception Grade School and St. Marys High School with the class of 1953.
In 1955, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Patricia E. Pollard. They shared 63 years together.
After high school, Jody worked for the U.S. Post Office, Rezac Sale Barn, and Gockel’s IGA before he started farming in 1967.
Jody served in the Kansas Army National Guard, retiring after 43 years of service with the rank of sergeant major. His unit was called to active duty in 1968 and was stationed at Fort Carson. Colorado. Upon returning from active duty, he continued farming until he retired.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 657, and a was 4th degree member of Thomas A. McNeive Assembly 289. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Jody always enjoyed doing things with his kids and liked fishing with the grandkids. He was a great father and husband. Although he will be greatly missed he is now done with his suffering. We are sure he is in heaven.
Jody was preceded in death by his parents; brother Francis Muller; and sister Bonnie Brunin.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons Joseph T. “Jay” Jr. (Penny) Muller, Olathe; Brad (Maria) Muller, Cancun, Mexico; Jim (Sherry) Muller, Centennial, Colorado; Mike Muller, St. Marys; and Jeff (Amy) Muller, Topeka; his daughter, Tricia (Tom) Becker, Kansas City, Missouri; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. He will lie in state and the family will receive friends Wednesday, May 1, from 5-7: 00 p.m. at Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Army National Guard Museum or Grace Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home.