Randy Mueller, 65, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Saturday morning, November 17, 2018 after suffering an apparent heart attack.
He was born February 19, 1953 to Virgil A. and Evelyn (Luethge) Mueller. Randy graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1971 before continuing his education at NWTC Diesel Mechanics School. On September 28, 1974, he married Christine M. Hintz at Sturgeon Bay Methodist Church. They had three children, Jennifer, Hilary, and Travis.
After graduating from Diesel School, Randy went to work in his father’s trucking business, driving and repairing trucks. In 1987, he and Chris started their own business, Mueller Towing and Repair. In 2000, they purchased and operated Royal Flush sanitation business. In 2008, their son, Travis, officially joined the family business followed by Hilary in 2011, and his son-in-law, Steven Heard, in 2015. That same year in 2015 brought the purchase of the property across from their existing businesses. They would move the existing businesses there and reopen the scrap yard and relaunched as Door County Scrap Metal. It was a true family business that he and his family currently operate.
Randy was renowned in his mechanical knowledge and ability to diagnose and repair most anything. If no one else could fix it, you called Randy Mueller. He spent many hours helping people fix trucks over the phone when the truck breakdown was in another state.
He loved being in the outdoors and spent a lot of time hunting with his son, Travis. Taking his dog, Cooper, along with Ash, Panzer, and his buddy, Neeko, for runs with the four wheeler was another favorite pastime.
Randy was an avid trap shooter and loved helping people learn the sport. He and Travis shot on the same trap team. He was a member of Door County Rod and Gun Club, Gardner Gun Club, and Peninsula Gun Club.
Randy’s family was very important to him and he loved getting together with them at holiday’s and for summer picnics. He took many vacations to Disney World with his family. It truly was a magical place for him. He enjoyed going to truck shows with Travis and restoring his antique 359 Peterbilt’s for The Big Iron Classic in Kasson Minnesota. Randy was a member of the Wisconsin Towing Association and the American Truck Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife, Chris; two children, Hilary (Steven) Heard of Brussels and Travis Mueller of Sturgeon Bay; granddaughter, Lyla Heard; mother, Evelyn Mueller of Sturgeon Bay; brother, Douglas (Teri) Mueller of Green Bay and two sisters, Sue (Harv) Rumlow and Sandi (Michael) Smith of Sturgeon Bay; brothers-in-law, Tom (Heidi) Hintz of Sturgeon Bay and Jerry (Karen) Hintz of Eagle Harbor, MI; sister-in-law, Linda Faye of New Mexico; nieces and nephews, Tim (Martha) Rumlow, Angela (Matt) Hinz, Ryan Rumlow, Heather Mueller, Derek Mueller, Alexis (Tyler) Haack, Arica (Tim) Smith, Evan Smith, Cassie (Greg) Gast, Karl Hintz, Landen Hintz, Margaret Hintz, Thor (Samantha) Gregerson, and Braggie Gregerson.
Randy was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer; and father, Virgil Mueller.
“As a family we are hurting from his loss and know those who were fortunate to have known Randy will be hurting too. Our family and his many friends are going to miss this wonderful man in our lives and will get through this shock together. Thank you for all of your support.”
A service to remember Randy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. David Leistra, of Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Bayside Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.
Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Randy may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.