2013-11-07 / Obituaries

Egon Walter Mueller

Egon Walter Mueller, 90, died on Nov. 1, 2013, at his ranch home in Mariposa surrounded by his loving family.

Wally, as he was known, was born Aug. 3, 1923, in Liebertwolkwitz, Germany, a small town outside Leipzig, to Otto Walter Muller, a bank teller and violinist, and Paula Hartwig. Paula divorced Walter and married Paul Bellmann when Wally was very young. At the age of seven, Wally and his parents emmigrated to the U.S. and became citizens, living in Milwaukee, Wisc. He attended the University of Wisconsin and studied electrical engineering. World War II began while he was a student and his education was interrupted when he enlisted in the Navy, in which he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. At the end of the war, Wally returned to the university and graduated with degrees in electrical engineering and law. Since he was an active Naval reservist at the beginning of the Inchon Invasion of the Korean War, he was called to serve as a legal advisor to the Naval Admiral in San Diego. After the war, he continued as a Naval reservist for over 20 years.

Returning to civilian life at the war's end, Wally became a patent attorney and legal advisor for Convair and later Stromberg-Carlsen in San Diego. Within six years he decided to open his own law practice in Escondido, (San Diego County), where he practiced until moving to Mariposa in October 1974. He took the oath as judge of the Justice Court in Mariposa Judicial District in January of 1975. The position he held until his retirement in December of 1988.

Wally was a lifetime member of Rotary Club, a lay leader and Sunday school teacher of the adult class at the Mariposa United Methodist Church, a volunteer math tutor in Waltzie Janeski's middle school class and an avid sailor.

Wally was married for 64 years to Marjorie Jean Wallis until her death. He is survived by his current love, Mary Nichols Craig, who he married when he was at the young age of 87. Others he is survived by are Mary's children, Christine Pearson and husband Christopher, and Phillip Craig, his sister Eva Jaeger and daughter Paula, and his five children and their spouses: Karen Eklund, Gail Muller, John Mueller and his wife Cathy, Betsy Taylor and her husband Peter, James Mueller and his wife Shelly, and their families, which include 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In honoring his wishes to be joyful at his death, Wally's family will hold a celebration of his life on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Bootjack Stomper's Hall in Mariposa. The family welcomes all who would like to join in our celebration of Wally's life.

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