Kenneth Howard Mueller, 72, who had been associate medical examiner for the state of Montana for 30 years, died early Tuesday morning, Aug. 14, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare of cardiac arrest.
He was born March 27, 1940, in Harvey, Ill., the eldest son of Walde H. Mueller and Joann Rohrschneider, both of Hustisford, Wis. He graduated from Hustisford (Wis.) High School in 1957 and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Carroll College of Waukesha, Wis., in 1961. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1965.
His early post-graduate medical training was in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, but he switched to laboratory medicine, eventually spending much of his time in forensic medicine and pathology.
He served as a medical officer in the Air Force, including a tour as an exchange officer with the Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine in Bucks, United Kingdom.
Upon returning to the United States, he studied forensic pathology at the Office of the Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After moving to Montana in 1980, he transferred to the Naval Reserve in Billings and eventually Seattle, Wash. He retired from the Navy with the rank of captain.
He was appointed as associate medical examiner for the state of Montana in the fall of 1980 and remained in that position until he retired in 2010.
He played trombone with the Community Band and Community Orchestra, and especially the Al Bedoo Shriners Dance Band and the Billings Brass Society, of which he was a founding member. He also sang in church choirs and was a loyal baseball fan.
In the past year, Mr. and Mrs. Mueller began splitting their time between Billings and Phoenix.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carol Ann LuConic; children, Margaret Anne and Patrick Mazzuca of Issaquah, Wash., Joan Marie and Donald McInnes of Novato, Calif., Peter Thomas of Billings and S. Elizabeth Mueller Gomez of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren; and three brothers, Gerald Ronald of Sun Prairie, Wis., Russell Ramon of Baneberry, Tenn., and Thomas David of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Memorial Mass was held Aug. 21 at St Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made to American Legion Baseball, Rimrock Opera, Billings Symphony, Venture Theatre or Billings Studio Theatre.