Robert Stephen Mueller 1920 - 2010 Lawrence
Funeral services for Robert Stephen Mueller, 89, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Mount Moriah, Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Mueller died Thursday, May 27, 2010, in Lawrence.
He was born Nov. 13, 1920, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Robert and Mary McAlpine Mueller. He graduated from Kansas University’s School of Business in 1942.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was commissioned as a lieutenant. He was part of the amphibious forces that landed in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, and he commanded a landing craft in the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach.
Mr. Mueller’s professional career as a certified public accountant spanned more than 30 years.
He was a partner and then managing partner of Sinderson, Henning, and Mueller and later senior partner of Arthur Young and Co. (Ernst and Young), Kansas City, Mo. He served as a member and president of the Kansas Society of CPAs and as founding member and trustee of its educational foundation. He was also a member of the Council of the American Institute of CPAs. He served on the Kansas Board of Accountancy and the Governor’s Commission on State Investment Policies.
Mr. Mueller served as a trustee of the KU Endowment Association, as executive vice president and national president of the KU Alumni Association, and as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Business School. He was a member of the Adams Alumni Center Planning and Building Committee and the center’s Board of Governors. KU recognized his service by awarding him the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1981.
While living in Kansas City, he was on the vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kan. He served as a director of The University Club and Mercury Club of Kansas City, Mo., and the Crippled Children’s Nursery School of Children’s Mercy Hospital. He was on the Board of Governors of the American Royal, an organization he had participated in as a boy. He was a founding member of Kansas Investors and was treasurer for 35 years. He also served as treasurer of the city of Mission Hills.
After retiring to Lawrence, he was on the Board of Governors for Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Endowment Association, a trustee of the Rotary Foundation, and a director of University National Bank. He actively supported the Lied Center and the Spencer Art Museum. He served on the advisory board for KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities and the Dyche Natural History Museum. He co-founded The New Generation Society of Lawrence with Dr. Lynwood Smith. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.
He married Charlotte Rubart Mueller on Dec. 27, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan. They shared 60 years of marriage. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Martha Jane Gentry and husband Charles, Fort Scott, and Mary Beth Doughty and husband Tom, Arlington, Va.; five grandchildren, Sara Werth, Michael and Stephen Gentry and Thomas and Robert Doughty; and a great-granddaughter, Cecilia Ann.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Gene.
The family suggests memorials to the Robert S. Mueller Scholarship at the KU School of Business in care of the KU Endowment Association or East Heights Early Childhood Center. Memorials may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain .com.