Larry Dean Muller 1936 - 2011 Coffeyville
Funeral Mass for Larry Dean Muller, 75, rural Coffeyville, was Saturday, Nov. 5, at Holy Name Catholic Church, Coffeyville. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Coffeyville.
Mr. Muller died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at his home.
He was born Oct. 2, 1936, in rural Liberty, Kan., the son of George W. and Ferris “Topsy” (Oliver) Muller. He attended rural Coffeyville schools and Field Kindley High School.
At an early age, he competed in horse racing at the Montgomery County Inter-State Fair during the 1940s and 1950s, winning races on a Shetland pony when he was only 8 years old. He continued to race horses at various events through 1951. He farmed for Violet Kohler of the Brown Mansion in the 1950s.
In the 1940s, he joined his father in the construction business. George W. Muller, Fred Muller and Larry formed Muller Construction, Inc. in 1964. They performed various types of soil conservation, site preparation, road construction, and worked on numerous projects at the Coffeyville Refinery.
He, along with his brother Fred, was a recipient of the Montgomery County Kansas Banker’s Association Soil Conservation Award for 2009 and the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2007. He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 991, Kansas Livestock Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kansas Contractors Association and Kansas Land Improvement Contractors Association. In addition, he was a longtime member of Montgomery, Labette and Nowata counties Conservation Districts, the Second Thursday Investment Club and had served on the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo committee.
He married Patricia Jane Wishall on Oct. 12, 1957, in Coffeyville. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Mark (Lisa) Muller, Coffeyville; three daughters, Terri Graybill, Coffeyville, Lori (Steve) Krysztof, Baldwin City, and Pat Brothers, Mound Valley; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandsons; a brother, Fred (Sharon) Muller; and three sisters, Betty Terry, Nadine (Kenny) Hunt, and Donna Oestman.
The family suggests memorials to th Holy Name Catholic Church, Harry Hynes Hospice, or Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation, sent in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.
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