Everett “Ev” Walter Mueller

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo


Date: Saturday September 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Saturday September 22, 2018
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church [ view map ]


Location: Ft. Snelling National Cemetery [ view map ]

Military Honors

American Legion Post 9, Winona, Minnesota

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
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Everett “Ev” Walter Mueller

Everett (Ev) Mueller, 91, of Rochester, MN (formally of Winona, MN) was called to his eternal home on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Ev was born June 29, 1927 in Hillsdale Township, Winona County, MN to Walter and Gertrude (Stellwagen) Mueller. He married Marion Joyce Colstrup on June 9, 1950.

He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1945. As a seventeen year old high school graduate, he enlisted in the US Navy. He completed basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station and was sent overseas to Guam where he was assigned to the USS Ukiah (PC-1251) submarine chaser class.

Upon discharge from the service in 1946, he enrolled at Winona State Teachers College, graduating in 1950 with a BS degree in Education, majoring in History, Physical Education and Elementary. He began his teaching career in Winona, MN at Madison School. After four years, he accepted his first administrative assignment at Winnebago, MN, eventually moving to Luverne, MN where he was Principal of a large, newly consolidated elementary school for eleven years. The family returned to Winona in 1967, serving as Associate Superintendent for ISD #861 until his retirement in 1989. During his thirty-nine years in Public Education, Ev was known for his expertise in school district consolidation. He was recognized by the Bush Foundation for his classroom teaching innovations.

Ev was a four year college letterman on championship baseball teams posting a notable pitching record. For many years he was an active area baseball player and league bowler. He learned to play golf after he hung up his spikes and recorded two hole-in-ones! Ev was a charter member in the Kiwanis Sunrisers Club in Winona and was active in his church and many organizations within the community. Ev had a strong faith and taught Sunday School and Bible studies his entire life.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marion. Their marriage was blessed with six children; sons, Gary (Suzanne), John, Randy (Linda), Charles (Gail), Paul (Nancy); daughter, Marybeth Gardner (John); eighteen grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Lorraine Korn.

Memorials are preferred to #861 Foundation or Winona County Historical Society. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the medical and care staff at Homestead, Seasons Hospice, and the Mayo Clinic for the exceptional care shown to Ev and Marion during the last year.

The funeral service for Everett Mueller will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN with Pastor Adam Koglin officiating, preceded by a visitation at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.


The family of Everett “Ev” Walter Mueller has received the following condolences.

As a new teacher who came to ISD 861 in 1975 I can only say what I said many times "Thank you Mr. Mueller."  I am sorry for your family's loss.  Ruthanne Weispfenning

My heartfelt condolences to Marion and the family of Ev Mueller.  Professionally, Ev was an important man to Independent School District #861.  His dedication, passion and expertise had a positive impact upon thousands of students and hundreds of teachers.  Thanks Ev, I was one of those teachers.


Randy Gronert

John, Randy & Chuck,

So sorry for you loss. I remember your dad fondly. He always had a nice word to say and was a positive and supportive educator. 

Don Addington 

A great mentor, educator and friend has passed. He will be sorely missed.

Mr. Mueller is truly one of my heros in life.  As a new teacher in the Luverne, MN public schools, I was 22 years old with lots to learn.  Mr. Mueller was supportive, patient and a dispenser of great leadership.  I remember fondly my years in Luverne, 1964-1966. To the Mueller family, thanks for the memories.

Our sincerest condolences for your loss.

We only had personal contact with Mr Mueller one time. But that was all it took to make a lasting impression. When our daughter started kindergarten at the Ridgeway school, she was not picked up by the bus her first day. Thinking she had missed the bus we took her to school. Unbeknownst to us she had not been assigned to a bus route. Imagine our surprise later that afternoon when a strange car drove in with our daughter in the back seat! This dear man, knowing how frightened our child was, took it upon himself to bring her home from school. He assured us he would personally take care of the busing issue and she would be picked up by the bus and brought home the following day. That is exactly what he did. We never forgot his kindness and concern. What a great man!


Please accept our deepest condolences at the passing of Ev. We both worked for him; Joan as a teacher and I as an administrator. Ev, without a doubt, was one of the finest educators we had the privilege to work with. 

Ron and Joan Weiss

It has been my great honor and privilege to have known Ev. His commentary and insights were right on target. His smile and wit seemed to bring out the best in people. We were so fortunate to have him in Winona where he will always be remembered for his people skills, tremendous work ethic and talent.

Ev will be remembered for his passion for education and in particular with his work for the Winona Area Public School. He cared deeply for his family, his community, and for the staff he worked with in Winona over the many years.

Judy Davis