15 Jan Rest in Peace, Allen
Allen Ray “Pop” Mueller, 69, of Austin, TX, the son of D.E. and Alice Mueller, of Giddings, TX, was born on November 23, 1946 in Burton, TX. He was baptized (February 16, 1947) and confirmed (May 1961) at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings, TX.
Allen graduated from Giddings High School in 1965. He attended Blinn Jr. College where he played football for two years before graduating with a Bachelor of Business degree from Sam Houston State University in 1970.Prior to graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Suzanne Socha in August of 1969 at Immanuel Lutheran in Giddings, TX. They fullyembraced 46 years of marriage and the Lord blessed them with three children and seven grandchildren.
Allen’s first work experience after college was with JC Penney Co in Pasadena, TX. In 1972 he moved to Austin working in Human Resources at the Austin State School then the Texas Department of Human Services as Personnel Director for over 25 years. Following a brief retirement, he served as HR Director for two years at the Giddings State School. He found great pleasure at his retirement job as a Range Officer at Eagle Peak Shooting Range in Jonestown, TX.
One of Allen’s favorite pastimes was spending time at his Stork Hill Ranch in Lee County, TX. He had a great passion for hunting, fishing, 42 dominos, unsuccessfully trying to cook biscuits in a dutch oven over a campfire and going to the coast with family, friends and the infamous Back Bay Speckled Trout and Redfish Club. Outside of his home, his favorite place on Earth was with his cattle, family and friends in and around Giddings, TX. He especially looked forward to any time the extended family would get together. He found great joy in participating in sports during his early years and watching his children and grandchildren share his passion forathletics and the outdoors. One of the highlights of each of the last several years was traveling with Suzanne and the annual family summer vacation to coasts, rivers and lakes across Texas.
Allen was a faithful servant to his God as an active member of Hope Lutheran Church since 1972, where he served numerous offices, cooked thousands of pounds of BBQ, enjoyed the weekly men’s Bible study, assisted with the food pantry and was a willing volunteer to lend a hand anywhere one was needed.
Allen was a devoted husband and father that absolutely loved his children, adored his grandchildren and served as a mentor to all of them. To those who knew him, Allen will be remembered as a kind and soft hearted man despite his tough exterior. He was a tremendous and compassionate leader with an impeccable work ethic. He was ALWAYS on time, except for the times that he was waiting for Suzanne, and he was a dedicated friend that could be counted on regardless of the circumstance.
Allen is survived by his wife of 46 years, Suzanne Socha Mueller, his children, Kevin and Erin (McMahon) Mueller of Georgetown, TX, Mark and Stacy (Brown) Mueller of Pflugerville, TX and Kara (Mueller) and Nathan Mendoza of Round Rock, TX; grandchildren Kelsey and Travis Mueller of Georgetown, Hudson, Julia and Beth Mueller of Pflugerville and Ryann and Karsen Mendoza of Round Rock;sister and brother-in-law Vicki and Larry Boriack of Round Rock; sisters and brothers in law Ed and Janet Kasper of Ft. Worth, TX, Billy and Dottie Placke of Katy, TX, Jodie and Margot Foster of Hubbard, TX, Jonathon Sochaand Alma Weiser of Giddings, TX and Robert and Martha Socha of Marrero, LA; Aunt Bernice (Stork) Mueller of Carmine, TX and Aunt Nadine (Mueller) and Uncle ArdellMuske of Brenham, TX; numerouscousins, nieces and nephews,great nieces and nephews andloving friends. He went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 13. He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws Rev. John and Elsie Socha.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm Sunday, 1/17/2016 at Hope Lutheran Church, 6414 North Hampton, Austin, TX 78723.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the ministry of Hope Lutheran Church in memory of Allen Mueller.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles. – Isaiah 40:31