April 2012
Michael Joris Mueller
  • 54 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 20, 1958
  • Date of passing: Feb 2, 2013
Let the memory of Michael be with us forever

Mike was born April 20, 1958 to R. Joris and Marilynne L. Mueller, and passed away peacefully in Chelan, WA, February 2, 2013 after a long 3 year battle with cancer.  Growing up in Spokane, he graduated from Joel E.Ferris High School in 1976.  Graduated from Washington State University with a BA of Science in 1980 and studied immunology in graduate school.  He went on to become a Surgical Physician’s Assistant (PA) in Ohio and had a long career as a PA working at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint,MI, Everett Clinic and the Wenatchee Valley Clinics in Washington.

Mike was very active in his high school music program, ultimately becoming the drum major. He was a member of Percussion-naut Patriots and the Renaissance Drum & Bugle Corps in Spokane.  He was compassionate and caring both of people and the environment, enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid fisherman, lover of animals, and loved to work with his hands fixing or making most anything.

Mike is survived by his wife, Gail, whom he married in 1982, his parents R. Joris & Marilynne, and grandmother, Lorelei Sowers, both of Spokane, one sister, Lorelei Sater of California, and nieces & nephews.

He will forever be in our hearts. 


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Lorelei Sater on 20th April 2016

"I have been thinking about you so much today on your 58th birthday.  I wish I could call you to wish you a happy birthday, to hear your voice again, to just talk with you again.  I like to picture you doing the things you loved to do, such as fishing.  I love to picture you holding up that fish you have just caught with that big smile of yours. I love you and miss you so much! Happy Birthday Mike!"

This tribute was added by Audra Dawson on 15th March 2016

"Mike, you were the first cousin born into the Sowers' family and the one who had the brightest smile, one that I will always remember.  I enjoyed seeing you and Lorelei playing in the bands when I was so young; Lorelei throwing the baton and you in the band.  I miss you so much. You made the sunshine light up the world!"

This tribute was added by Lorelei Sater on 21st April 2015

"Mike, I have been thinking of you so very much today, on your 57th Birthday.   I have been going through my pictures, and there are some that are so special to me, they help to keep you close in my heart.   They remind me how you could be a little prankster at times, and how you were always happy, the sparkle that would show in your eyes, and especially your smile.  You were such a caring individual and brought so much joy to the people around you.  We were all blessed to have you in our lives.

Happy Birthday Mike, I love you and miss you so much!

Treasured Memories
On your Birthday

I thought of you today
But that is nothing new
I thought about you yesterday
And will tomorrow too.

I think of you in silence
And make to outward show.
For what it meant to lose you
Only those who love you know.
Remember you is easy
I do it every day
Its just the heartache
Of losing you
That will never go away."

This tribute was added by Marilynne and Jerry Mueller on 20th April 2015

"Our dearest son,  Fifty seven years ago today you came into our lives and brought us endless joy all of your life.  You were a blessing not only to us but also to family, friends, co-workers, patients, and acquaintances.  We thank God for your empathy, wisdom and love.
  Yes, we miss your physical presence, but this sense of gratefulness and blessing we feel for having you in our lives is overwhelming---and the joy overcomes the sadness.
Recently your grandmother, who you dearly loved, joined you and it was comforting to know that your loving and caring spirit would be with her."

This tribute was added by Denise Maroney on 3rd February 2015

"Today is the 2nd anniversary of your passing, my friend.  I feel sadness for the loss of you but also so much gratitude that many of us got the chance to share laughter, adventures and genuine friendship with you.  Your light shown while you were here and it continues to shine in our hearts.  Thank you, Mike.  You will always be my friend with a twinkle in your eyes and a smile on your lips and a heart that shares so generously with others."

This tribute was added by Patti Prinz on 2nd February 2015

"As I watched those Hallmark Christmas movies you so dearly enjoyed I thought of you with fondness. I am sure that all who were blessed to have known you are remembering you today on the 2nd anniversary of your passing.  You were a dear friend to many and I am sure loved and missed by all."

This tribute was added by Lorelei Sater on 2nd February 2015

"It has been two years since we lost you. I was blessed to have you as my big brother.

So today, on the day we share, I will also be celebrating your life.

I love you and miss you!"

This tribute was added by Lorelei Sater on 20th April 2014

"Thinking of you today, as I do every other day, but especially today on your birthday.  I hope you know that although I wasn't given a choice, but even if I were I would have chosen you as my big brother, and I would do it all over again if I could.  I love you and miss you.
Happy Birthday & Happy Easter, Mike! ♥♥"

This tribute was added by Denise Maroney on 20th April 2014

"Happy birthday, Mike.  I'm so glad you were born.  You brought a lot of light and smiles to those of us here and touched a lot of hearts.  Miss you."

This tribute was added by Eugenia Rasmussen on 20th April 2014

"Happy Birthday and Happy Easter!...how fitting to have your birthday on this day...love and miss you. Aunt Jeannie"

This tribute was added by Eugenia Rasmussen on 2nd February 2014

"A year has passed but in my heart you never left us, I know that you are always near and still smiling.
Love you, your aunt Jeannie says "hi""

This tribute was added by Lorelei Sater on 2nd February 2014

"I can't believe that it has already been a year. I was so blessed to have you in my life, and especially to have you as my brother.

As I celebrate my birthday today I will also be celebrating you this side of heaven on the 1st anniversary of your passing.

Happy Groundhog Day!"

This tribute was added by Lorelei Sater on 25th December 2013

"Merry Christmas, Mike!
I made your sour cream apple pie yesterday and loved it.  I wish I had made it sooner so that I could have told you in person.  I definitely plan on on making for Christmas from now on.  I so much missed talking to you today.  You are forever in my heart.
Love you,

This tribute was added by John Odean on 22nd April 2013

"Wow...I am so sorry. I just learned today of Mike's passing. I haven't connected with him since 1975 when I graduated from high school...but I remember him well. He was a wonderful guy, funny, and really liked by all. I have today many memories that come rushing up that I haven't had in 38 years. I am so sorry for your loss...I wish I had known him all these past decades. - John Odean"

This tribute was added by Eugenia Rasmussen on 21st April 2013

"I thought of you all day yesterday, rejoicing in remembering the day you came into our lives.  What a special time you shared with us!  
Remembering you always.............aunt Jeannie"

This tribute was added by Lorelei Sater on 20th April 2013

"Happy Birthday Mike!

Thinking of you on your birthday my dear brother
But that is nothing new
For no day dawns and no day ends
Without a thought of you."

This tribute was added by Sandra Dawson on 20th April 2013


This tribute was added by Elaine McGuffin on 23rd March 2013

"I just learned of Mike's passing.  He was the friendliest and most sincere guy I knew in High School.  What an inspiring Drum Major.  He made band fun.  I'll miss him at the reunions.  All my love."

This tribute was added by Duncan Smith on 12th March 2013

"I knew that Mike had been ill for some time, and just heard from Marilynne and Jerry of his passing. I knew Mike from Shalom UCC in Spokane where I attended for many years. Mike was a dear soul, a salt of the earth person. I am grateful to have known him, and the rest of the Mueller family. Grace and Peace."

This tribute was added by pam barnes on 21st February 2013

"I was so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. I knew him from Shalom UCC, where my father was the pastor & very good friend to Jerry & Marilyn.  Mike always had a smile and kind words for everyone he came in contact with.  My prayers & thoughts go out to Jerry, Marilyn, Lorelei and family.  Pam (McGuire)Barnes & family"

This tribute was added by Dawnel Kivett on 10th February 2013

"Michael's passion for drum corp carried throughtout my younger years on to my daughter.  I so enjoyed watching his talent on the field at competitions and the Lilac parade while growing up.  My daughter became a drum major for the same reason as he did, for the shear joy it brings. Our thoughts and prayers to everyone who he  touched so closely.  The Kivett's"

This tribute was added by Brock Rasmussen on 8th February 2013

"I am deeply saddened of my cousins passing. I will always remember his infectious smile and warm heart. Mike was a true gentleman with heart and compassion bigger than life and loved his wife and family very much. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you."

This tribute was added by Tammy Zimmer on 8th February 2013

"I was so fortunate to know Mike through church, high school and drum corps.  A super-nice guy, with a smile and a word or two of encouragement.  Mike knew no boundaries when it came sharing his enthusiasm and love for people and life.  Peace to the Mueller family.  With love, Tammy (Remund) Zimmer"

This tribute was added by Barb Stephens on 7th February 2013

"Don and I send our condolences to the entire Mueller family for your loss:  Gail, Jerry, Marilynne, Lorilea, et al.  You all were so blessed by having Mike for as long as you did.  He was a great man, husband, son and brother.  Be strong and enjoy your memories - there are so many.  Barbie"

This tribute was added by Marlene Kindsvater on 7th February 2013

"I am so saddened to hear of Mike's passing.   I remember when he was born when we were stationed at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, so many years ago. Please know that Jerry, Marilynne & Mike ( didn't know Lorelei) hold special places in my heart."

This tribute was added by Annie Gaidos on 6th February 2013

"Mike was so happy and brought so much light to us in drum corps.  I have many fun, happy and fond memories of Mike.  Always happy, and cheerful!  A very good friend in those days.  Losing Mike will definately reduce the amount of shining light on this earth.  My prayers are with the family.  God's peace and comfort be with you.  Annie Bart Gaidos"

This tribute was added by Lori Buechner on 5th February 2013

"I agree wholeheartedly with Duane's comment above. Mike was such a great guy, always positive and funny. Great memories of being with him in drum corps for many, many years in our teens. My heart goes out to you Lorelei, and to your entire family. Many long distance hugs, Lori (Ivester) Buechner"

This tribute was added by Duane Floch on 5th February 2013

"I am deeply saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I met him through Drum Corps back in the 70s and always looked up to him as a friend and mentor. Great sense of humor, great smile, great guy. Rest in peace, my friend."

This tribute was added by Sue Johnson on 5th February 2013

"I will always remember Mike's big smile and thinking "That's my neighbor" seeing him as the drum major in high school. All of the Muellers were the best of neighbors growing up on 19th in Spokane. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you."

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