Gertrude Elizabeth Mueller was born June 24, 1917 in Carleton NE to Louis and Mary (Ulferts) Rippe. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith. As a young girl she and her family, including four brothers and four sisters, moved to Mount Vernon SD. Gertrude married Walter Mueller on September 12, 1935 at Mount Vernon. Into this union nine children were born. Gertrude was an active member of Saint John Lutheran Church of Dimock SD, Salem Lutheran Church of Mount Vernon and First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. She enjoyed baking bread, pies, gardening, canning, sewing and quilting. Gertrude worked as a housekeeper for thirteen years after moving to Mitchell. Her Children remember her as a Godly devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Gertrude was proud of her family and her children knew how much they were loved. Walter her husband of 54 years passed away in May of 1990.
Gertrude is survived by five sons: Gene (Norma) Mueller of Sioux Falls; Robert (Gail) Mueller of Mitchell; Reverend Wayne (Judy) Mueller of Rapid City; Harvard Mueller of Mitchell; Roger (Carmen) Mueller of Mitchell; two daughters: Donna (Clyde) Olsen of Plankinton and Mary Ann Hetland of Mitchell; a daughter-in-law, Janice (Mueller) Hoefert of Spirit Lake IA, two sisters: Betty Freeman of Lakewood CO and Helen Rayls of Davenport, IA; twenty-seven grandchildren, fifty-one great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Walter, two sons, James and Kenneth Mueller, a son-in-law, Harvard Hetland, four brothers: Edwin, Irwin, Dale and Harold Rippe, two sisters, Delma Paulus and Delores Skeens, and one great-grandson, Matthew Olsen.