Dr. Jerome Rye Muller

NEW ULM – Dr. Jerome Rye Muller, 80, of New Ulm took his own life at his home on Friday, July 5, 2013.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Deb Bergstrand officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldiers Rest section. Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Tuesday. To leave an online condolence or sign the guest book for his family go to: www.mvfh.org.

Jerome is survived by his wife, Carol Jean of New Ulm; daughter, Sandra (Pat) Guggisberg of New Ulm; sons, Doug Muller of Manhattan, Kansas, and Brad (Paula) Muller of Minneota; three grandsons, Casey (Nicole) Steffensen, Kyle Steffensen, and Brooks Guggisberg; great-grandson Landon Steffensen; and mother-in-law, Rose Jergens. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Deppy and Gerry Johnson; father-in-law, Frank Jergens, and granddaughter, Crystal Ann Muller.

Jerome Rye Muller was born Oct. 12, 1932 in New Ulm to Dr. Ekard and Tina (Rye) Muller. He graduated from Gibbon High School in 1950 and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Dental School in June of 1956. On June 23, 1956, Jerome was united in marriage to Carol Jean Jergens in Glencoe, Minn. Following his marriage, Jerome joined his fathers practice until the fall of 1956 when he joined the United States Air Force and served as a Captain in the Dental Corps S.A.C. for three years, where he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. After his honorable discharge in 1959, Jerome returned home and began working with his father, Dr. E. Muller in Gibbon. In 1965, he moved his family to New Ulm and operated his own dental practice in both Gibbon and New Ulm until 1990. In 1990, he left his practice in Gibbon but continued working in New Ulm until his retirement in 1998.

Jerome had been an avid hunter since age 6, hunting from Alaska to Mexico and Canada. His companion for 15 years was his dog Dusty, whom he trained and hunted with for 14 years. He also had a love of horses, owning several over the years and participating in Team Roping with his horse Smoke. He and his horse became proficient enough to win or place in amateur rodeos and jackpots over the years. Jerome was a member of Ikes, Club Psi Omega Fraternity, the Minnesota Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Gibbon Sportsmen Club, the Izaak Walton League, the NRA, a charter member of Gibbon Lions, and the past president of New Ulm Jaycees. Jerome was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm.


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