OBITUARY - REVEREND FRANK BIRDETTE MUELLER, SR.
Reverend Frank Birdette MUELLER, Sr., age 65, of Decatur, Iowa, son of Mae PICKERING, was born January 18, 1936 in
Hastings, Iowa, and died June 1, 2001 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
When Frank was a baby, he was adopted and raised by Frank and Etta BAILEY in Red Oak, Iowa. When Frank was about
nine-years-old, Frank BAILEY died. Etta then married Truman MUELLER who adopted Frank and continued to help raise him with
Etta in Walnut, Iowa.
Frank grew up in Iowa. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and then in the Iowa National
Frank married Marge MAAS, and to this union two daughters, Debra and Re Nae, were born. On June 5, 1970 Frank married
Janet Charleene ADES in Omaha, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Frank Jr. and Re Gina.
Frank drove a semi as an over-the-road trucker. Frank started in the ministry in 1971 and pastored his first church in
McClelland, Iowa. In 1978 Frank became a full time minister. He and his family moved to Decatur in 1982 for Frank to
pastor a church there. Frank and Jan continued to make their home in Decatur.
In 1986 Frank and Jan started the New Life Gospel Church in Lamoni, Iowa. Frank pastored there until 1994. He and Jan
then began the Otterbein Full Gospel Church near Eagleville, Missouri. Frank was licensed by Bible Way of Doniphan,
Frank loved old cars and collected many die-cast metal models. He enjoyed going to car shows. Frank also liked fishing,
and he fished with his family while his kids were growing up. He was a big Nebraska Corn Huskers fan.
Frank was a "people person" who was well-known, outgoing and jolly. He would do anything for anyone, and Frank was a good
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank BAILEY, Etta MUELLER, Truman MUELLER and Roland FREEMAN; and his brother
Frank is survived by his wife Jan MUELLER of Decatur; his children, Debra WRIGHT of Gilbert, Iowa, Re Nae Bartenhagen of
Corning, Iowa, Frank MUELLER, Jr. and wife Catherine of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and Re Gina SANCHEZ and husband Erick of Mount
Ayr; seven grandchildren, Nancy SHERIFF, Charles WRIGHT and wife Crystal, Christopher WRIGHT, Andrew BARTENHAGEN, Audra
BARTENHAGEN, Micheala MUELLER and Alan SANCHEZ; three great-grandchildren, Johnathan SHERIFF, Jordan WRIGHT and Alexis
WRIGHT; mother Mae FREEMAN of Red Oak; and other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 4, 2001 at Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa with Reverend Dale SHORT
officiating. Burial was in Decatur Cemetery, Decatur.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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