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Emil Muller

Emil Muller, age 95, passed away at a Rapid City nursing home on Sunday, March 11, 2007.

Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor Lowell Boettcher officiating.

Music will be provided by Mary Kay Wilson, organist, Emil's granddaughters, Cheryl Fitch, Wendy Johnson, Rhonda Sinclair, Anita Sandal, Lisa McIlravy, vocalists, with congregational hymns.

Pallbearers are Emil's grandsons, John Olson, Randy, Ted L. and David Kjerstad, Scott Sims and Kevin Sinclair.

Interment will be in the Wall Cemetery.

Emil was born September 16, 1911, on his parents' homestead north of Wall, SD, the son of Peter and Gottliebine (Geigle) Muller. He attended his young years of school in the lake flat area. In 1921, he moved with his parents to Wall, SD, where he graduated from Wall Public School. His greatest enjoyment was playing basketball.

He was baptized in St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Quinn, SD, and confirmed in the Lutheran Church at Wall.

Along with his parents, he farmed, ranched and helped with the dairy operation delivering milk around Wall selling it for five cents a quart.

Emil was united in marriage to Bertha Simpfenderfer of Golden Valley, ND, in the year 1934. Together they had 72 years of marriage.

After his parents' passing he took over the farming operation. He still drove his John Deere tractor at the age of 85, then finally retired and moved to Rapid City, where he resided until his death.

Emil was a member of First Lutheran Church, where he held different offices. He was a member of the Wall Fire Department for several years, a member of Crop Improvement, won a Farmstead Beautification award from East Pennington Conservation District, member of the Lions Club, and served as Director of West River Electric Association for nine years. He enjoyed many years of bowling, playing pool and darts, and attending basketball games.

Emil was a kind and gentle man always with a smile and a wave and will be greatly missed.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Bertha; three daughters Laura Kjerstad and her husband Theodore of Quinn, Donna Zubke and her husband Dean of Rapid City, and Beverly Sims and her husband Hal of Wichita, Kansas; 13 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Emil was preceded in death by a son Dale; a great-granddaughter Tiffany Zubke; his parents; and one sister Pauline Muller in infancy.