William “Bill” J. Mueller, age 76, current President of the Village of Lombard.

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 19th, 2012

William “Bill”  J. Mueller, age 76, current President of the Village of Lombard, died Saturday August 18.

A visitation will be held on Friday from 3-9 PM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1025 E. Madison Street, Lombard, Illinois.
A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10 AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL.

Mr. Mueller is survived by his beloved wife, Eileen nee Rogers; 2 daughters, Debbie (Keith) Rapata of Hanover Park and Donna (Mark) Fruehe of Lombard; 4 grandchildren, K.J. of Hanover Park, Stephen of Lombard, Mikey of Lombard, Ashley of Hanover Park; a brother, Thomas M. (June) of Georgetown, Texas; his nieces and nephews, Mike (Jenny) Mueller, Jim Mueller, Chris Williams, Cheryl (Jim) Maynard, Don Wesolowicz, Sandy Wesolowicz, Mike, Mary, Kelly and Ann Harrington; 3 sister-in-laws, Carol (Don) Wesolowicz, Lucille Rogers and Mary Harrington; a brother-in-law, Francis (Rose) Rogers; a special cousin, Ann Ahern; and many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Mueller was preceded in death by a nephew, Joe Harrington.

Please omit flowers. Memorials would be appreciated to your favorite Lombard charity, such as St. Pius Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Lombard YMCA, Lombard Historical Society Carriage House Fund or The Deicke Home.

Mr. Mueller had served as Village President since 1993, having begun his fifth consecutive term in May of 2009. He was the longest serving Village President in Lombard’s history. He was a veteran of the Illinois Air National Guard.

Mr. Mueller began his political career in the late 1950’s as a member of the Village of Lombard’s Safety Committee and the Lombard Youth Commission. From there, he served in every aspect of local government. He held the position of District Trustee (1975-79) and served as Chairman of the Public Works Committee as well as the Chairman of the DuPage Community Development Commission. More recently, Mueller was President of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference and Co-Chairman of the Glenbard Wastewater Authority. He was a member of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce and Industry Eagle Club. He was a former Lombard Man of the Year. He served on the boards and committees of many local groups, such as the YMCA, St. Pius X School and Church, Cub Scout Leader and President of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Mueller was raised in Lombard by his parents, Joseph and Dolorosa nee Muldoon Mueller. His grandparents had farmed on Swift Road. Shortly after he  returned to Lombard in 1965, he opened the Bill Mueller Insurance Agency on Westmore Avenue.  Bill retired from American family Insurance in 2005.

Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main, Lombard. For info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.


16 Comments so far ↓

  1. Arlene Holloman says:

    He was my Dad’s friend, my insurance man & my Mayor. I cannot recall a time when I didn’t know him. Whenever I saw him around town or at events he had a warm smile for me and genuinely seemed happy to see me there. My condolences to Eileen, his children, grandchildren, extended family and the entire town of Lombard.

  2. Rachel says:

    Such a great loss to Lombard… Bill will be sorely missed by all that knew him. A wonderful man who has truly shown that one person CAN make a difference! Our thoughts & prayers go out to his entire family, & all Lombardians.

  3. Jeff Sweeney says:

    Bill was family, he was Lombard. Bill was a part of my life and families life that we will never forget. I will never forget the times Bill and Eileen took me and my brothers and sisters to the zoo when I was younger. I will never forget the father figure he was to me since my father passed at an early age. He will be missed. My condolences to Eileen and the family.

  4. President Mueller has been a friend for many years and has led Lombard from a position of life-long love for this village. We, as National University of Health Sciences will miss him greatly. In behalf of the entire National University Community I extend our profound condolences to Ms. Mueller and the Mueller family.

    Jim Winterstein
    President – NUHS

  5. Leon Kutzke says:

    President Mueller will be missed. I was Police Chief in Lombard from 1993 to 2001 and always found ‘Bill’ to be supportive of the police and fire services and interested in promoting the safety of the community. He participated actively by being involved in the programs and services and demanded and encouraged high standards of service. He was a great leader and advocate for the citizens of Lombard and for the team that serves the community. His passing is a great loss to the village and to DuPage County.

  6. Dora Agosto says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family.

    Bill Mueller was a gentleman, a friend to many, and a leader to all. His Illinois American Family Insurance Friends will remember him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Rest in Peace Bill.

  7. Margery Lamonica and Kathleen Lamonica Krochock says:

    It was with great sadness that we learned of Bill’s passing on Saturday. He was so committed not only to his family but to every cause he undertook-an admirable trait for anybody. He shall be missed. We thank him for the kindness he has shown to our family over many, many years. Our love to Eileen, Kathy Krochock and Marge Lamonica

  8. Dave Gorak says:

    Before moving to Wisconsin in 2005, my wife and I lived in Lombard for 26 years; 18 of those years were spent on the Lombard Historical Society’s Board of Management and as a member the Historical Commission. You couldn’t ask for a stronger supporter of our efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and his family.

  9. Elaine Reniche (formerly of Pro-Graphics) says:

    Was so sorry to hear about Bill’s
    passing…He was a fighter..
    My thoughts and prayers to Eileen and Family…
    He was always very friendly and helpful to me..
    Rest in Peace

  10. Mike Feigenbaum says:

    On behalf of the Westin Lombard family I wish to express our heartfelt sorrow and sadness on the passing of our friend and collaborator, Bill Mueller.

    Many of my team fondly remember his visits to the pre-opening hotel site to assure everyone that the hotel project would be a great addition to the local community and thank them for their hard work. We all truly appreciate and recognize the outstanding contributions he did not only for his community but for our hotel and he will be missed.

    “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.”

  11. LeRoy Love & Family says:

    Bill Mueller was a friend of the family for many years. My daughter worked with him at City Hall and always had high praise for him. He was always ready with a smile and a greating whenever you met him. He will be missed not only for his services and dedication to the office of Village President, but to those in the community that knew him as an individual. Our heart felt sympathy goes out to the Mueller family in this time of sadness. But we will also rejoice that he is now in a better place and is at peace.

  12. Sharlene Metz says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May he rest in peace. We have read the good things they had to say about Bill. He was even mentioned in our local newspaper of the Quad Cities, since he died of the west nile virus. Our prayers are with you.

    Sharlene & Gery Metz

  13. Debbie Mueller-Rapata says:

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments. Dad was an awesome father, grandfather and mayor. He loved life and it showed. We will miss him so much.

  14. Carol Bauer and Cliff Randall says:

    Bill Mueller was a great Mayor, boss and friend. The Village and the residents have lost a dedicated and true leader. We miss you Bill, but thank you for all that you did for the community in those many years of service.

  15. Jerry and Winnie Lyons says:

    Gone but not forgotten….Today is your Birthday and this should be celebrated. You made Lombard what it is today. Everyone misses you.You were a dedicated and honest Mayor/President, a wonderful and loving husband and father and a loyal friend. No one can ever replace you.

  16. John M. Jezuit says:

    Thanks for the summer gatherings and lasting memories of unlimited sodas in the coolers I know my pops is too

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