ForeverMissed

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. 

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Posted by Marilynne And Jerry Muell... on April 20, 2020
Michael, What joy you brought to our lives! Thank you for being you--and for the love you gave us. We were truly blessed having you and your sister be our children. We thank your sister for setting up this memorial where we can come together and share photos and memories and for the technology that allows it. And last but not least, we are thankfull for all the sharing of thoughts and memories done by family and friends.
With grateful hearts,
Posted by Lorelei Sater on April 20, 2018
Happy Birthday, Mike! Wow, today is your 60th birthday! You may not be here physically with us, but you are forever in our hearts. There have been so many times lately that I have wanted to pick up the phone, to give you a call. Especially to hear your voice again, to get your advice, to tell you how everyone is doing, to hear what you have been up to. Now that Grandma is with you, I like to picture the two of you spending time together out fishing or sitting around the table having a glass of wine and playing a game of marbles or cards, and hearing lots of laughter. Love you and miss you!
Posted by Lorelei Sater on April 20, 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!
Posted by Audra Dawson on March 15, 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!
Posted by Lorelei Sater on April 21, 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
Brother

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.
Posted by Marilynne And Jerry Muell... on April 20, 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.
Posted by Denise Maroney on February 3, 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.
Posted by Patti Prinz on February 2, 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.
Posted by Lorelei Sater on February 2, 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!
Posted by Eugenia Rasmussen on April 20, 2014
Happy Birthday and Happy Easter!...how fitting to have your birthday on this day...love and miss you. Aunt Jeannie
Posted by Denise Maroney on April 20, 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.
Posted by Lorelei Sater on April 20, 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! ♥♥
Posted by Lorelei Sater on February 2, 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!
Posted by Eugenia Rasmussen on February 2, 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"
Posted by Lorelei Sater on December 25, 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,
Lorelei
Posted by John Odean on April 22, 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
Posted by Eugenia Rasmussen on April 21, 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
Posted by Sandra Dawson on April 20, 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAREST MIKE!!! Love, Aunt Sandra
Posted by Lorelei Sater on April 20, 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.
Posted by Elaine McGuffin on March 23, 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.
Posted by Duncan Smith on March 12, 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.
Posted by Pam Barnes on February 21, 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
Posted by Dawnel Kivett on February 10, 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
Posted by Tammy Zimmer on February 8, 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
Posted by Brock Rasmussen on February 8, 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.
Posted by Marlene Kindsvater on February 7, 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.
Posted by Barb Stephens on February 7, 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
Posted by Annie Gaidos on February 6, 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
Posted by Lori Buechner on February 5, 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
Posted by Sue Johnson on February 5, 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.
Posted by Duane Floch on February 5, 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.

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Posted by Marilynne And Jerry Muell... on April 20, 2020
Michael, What joy you brought to our lives! Thank you for being you--and for the love you gave us. We were truly blessed having you and your sister be our children. We thank your sister for setting up this memorial where we can come together and share photos and memories and for the technology that allows it. And last but not least, we are thankfull for all the sharing of thoughts and memories done by family and friends.
With grateful hearts,
Posted by Lorelei Sater on April 20, 2018
Happy Birthday, Mike! Wow, today is your 60th birthday! You may not be here physically with us, but you are forever in our hearts. There have been so many times lately that I have wanted to pick up the phone, to give you a call. Especially to hear your voice again, to get your advice, to tell you how everyone is doing, to hear what you have been up to. Now that Grandma is with you, I like to picture the two of you spending time together out fishing or sitting around the table having a glass of wine and playing a game of marbles or cards, and hearing lots of laughter. Love you and miss you!
Posted by Lorelei Sater on April 20, 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!
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Boat trip with Mike

Shared by Ernie Mueller on January 20, 2014

Mike’s my oldest nephew.  I did not know him well when he was a young boy.  But, in 1977 when Mike was 19, we got a chance to know each other better.  I had bought a brand new Cheoy Lee 33 foot sailboat in Seattle and needed to take it to Juneau, Alaska.  I had already convinced two sailing friends to go with me but needed a fourth.  Thinking of Mike I  called Jerry, talked to Mike and convinced him to join us on an almost three week cruise from Tillicum Marina in Lake Union through the Inside Passage 1000 miles to Juneau.  Mike somehow agreed to join one person he barely knew and two he did not know at all on a trip that none of us had made in a small boat before.

Mike joined us in early July ready to go.  When we got to the marina the boat was a mess, the shipwright had told us it would be ready for the trip but there was a lot to do: radio to install, depth sounder, diesel stove, extra battery, fix this, fix that, etc., etc.  We all busied ourselves with loading the boat with food, supplies pots, pans, lines, spare anchor, life jackets, dishes, books, tools, spare parts, and beer in the bilge where it would stay cold.  Finally we left Lake Union on July 11.  The trip was great and Mike was the best crew member we could expect, he did anything we asked, and became a great sailor.

When we got to Bedwell Harbor Canada Customs took our fresh corn away and told us that US Customs would confiscate our potatoes.  Mike and Ernie Greek (another crew member) went digging in the mud of the harbor and brought back a bucket of oysters.  I freaked out, worried about paralytic shellfish poisoning and Hepatitis A.  But Mike and Ernie shucked the oysters and made oyster stew.  It was good, and it didn’t make anybody sick.

After dinner Mike and Ernie took off for a local watering hole and did not get back until late ( actually about 3:30 AM).  Al Eagle (the other crew) and I stayed on the boat and went to sleep, we did not hear them come back aboard.  When we got up to get the boat ready to go, Mike was sound asleep in his bunk but Ernie was nowhere to be found inside.  Al was convinced we should just leave Ernie there, but I thought we should try to find him.  Eventually we got out of the boat and found Ernie passed out on the foredeck.  We left him there, got the boat running and left for Lesqueti and Campbell River.  Sometime later Mike was up and about no worse for wear but Ernie was long time recovering from late night partying.

Ship’s orders thereafter required the crew to be on board before midnight and beer would be provided on board.  When we got to Prince Rupert we found ourselves beerless on a Sunday and the only place we could go was the Canadian Legion.  Al was a former Naval Officer and could get us in, but then proceeded to insult our hosts by describing the throne in the Queen’s portrait over the bar as tattered.  We four beat a hasty retreat back to the boat.

All in all a great trip and I got to know Mike better as a hardworking, agreeable, fun, sharp, creative, caring guy willing to do anything we asked (at least once).  Unfortunately he did not get much of a chance to go fishing, but did catch a small sand shark in Kindergarten Cove north of Ketchikan.

 We miss you Mike, take care.

Your Uncle Ernie (Skip) Mueller

Shared by Lorelei Sater on February 20, 2013

Sharing Wenatchee Valley Medical Center email:

Sent: Monday, February 11, 2013 10:46 AM
To: WVMC All Staff
Subject: From Dr. Freed: Mike Mueller's passing

Dear Physicians and Staff,

As you may know, our colleague Mike Mueller passed away Saturday, February 2, from cancer.  Mike was a PA-C in Anticoagulation, and worked at WVMC since 2007.  Our staff, patients, and community cared deeply about him.  Three close colleagues shared some thoughts with me about Mike:

“Mike was a wonderful, kind person as a friend and to work with. At work, he always put his patients first! Empathetic, compassionate, loved to teach, and take time to hear his patient’s story.  Mike took great pride in building his new home and loved putting in his native garden with Gail. And of course, he loved his dog. It’s such an inspiration to me to see how well he handled living with his cancer right to the end. He never complained.” – Susan Hunter

“Mike was an extraordinary man and I am grateful I had the opportunity to work with him!  He was a caring, kind and compassionate provider and his patients always knew he wanted the best care for them.  Mike appreciated that it takes a team to provide the safest and best care for patients and he made everyone in the group feel valued for their contribution.  He generously shared his wealth of knowledge and always took advantage of learning something new from others in our group.  Mike recognized the best in people and inspired me to be my best!  He always had a positive attitude and could make a bad day seem like a party!” - Lisa Vaughn

“Mike Mueller was one of the most knowledgeable Physician Assistants I've ever worked with. I learned so much from him. But far more important is how much Mike cared about people. He loved to teach and always went beyond the call of duty in giving the best of himself to his patients, his family and his friends. Mike was an amazing man and a wonderful friend and his passing leaves a hole in my life and the lives of all who know him. I will miss him terribly, but I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to know him and has his friendship in my life.” - Rich Edison

Mike loved animals and wished for any donations to be directed to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society; Anticoagulation is collecting donations to deliver in his honor.  No services will be held.

Our deepest condolences to Mike’s family and friends; we honor his memory, and feel grateful that we had an opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful provider.  

Sincerely,
Stu Freed, MD

Shared by Lorelei Sater on February 13, 2013

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 February 11, 2013 ~ Lauren Mitchell, Washington

February 06, 2013
Mike was a kind and gentle person who will be greatly missed.
~ Susan Fisher, Corvallis, Oregon

February 06, 2013
Mike was such a joy to know. I have such good, warm, and fun memories of Mike in drum corps. You were a light in the darkness Mike, thank you for that. My prayers are with your family.
~ Annie Bart Gaidos

February 06, 2013
So sorry for your loss! Mike was a great person with a bigger than life heart for friends, family and all others. He will be greatly missed and may our heavenly father give him guidance and continued support. With great love,
~ Brock Rasmussen, Spokane Valley, Washington

February 07, 2013
I am so thankful for having the privelege of knowing and loving Mike. He was a special person and will always be in my heart.
~ Karen Bemis

February 07, 2013
I grew up looking up to mike.I was always proud to be his cousin.He was such a kind and wonderful person.
~ PJ Bemis, Spokane, Washington

 February 11, 2013
Worked for years with Mike. He was a wonderful collegue and PA. Sent my own family to him many times. He will most certainly be missed.
~ Julie Orr (Lake Stevens, WA)

February 11, 2013
I have great memories of working with him here at The Everett Clinic in Occupational Medicine. He was a great consultant on orthopedics and fishing tactics to the staff and a great provider to work for. He will be missed.
~ Tom Wolf, Everett, Washington