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Leonard Muller

June 17, 1923 - September 15, 2011


4-6:30 PM Sunday, September 18, 2011 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro, ND - and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Monday

Prayer Service:

6:30 PM Sunday at St. Rose of Lima

Funeral Service:

10:30 Monday, September 19, 2011 at St. Rose of Lima


St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Hillsboro


Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro

Leonard Muller

June 17, 1923 - September 15, 2011


Leonard Muller, of Hillsboro, ND quietly passed away on September 15, 2011 at the Hillsboro Medical Center, at the age of 88, surrounded by his loving family. 

Like Will Rogers, Leonard never met a man he didn’t like.   Leonard Joseph Muller was born on June 17, 1923 to Alvin and Agnes Muller.  He spent all his life farming in the Hillsboro area.

He married his high school sweetheart, Maxine Kozojed, Nov 13, 1947 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro.  They made their home on the family farm near Hillsboro where they raised their three children in the house he built and where they farmed for many years. 

Leonard was a lifelong member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic church and was active in the Knights of Columbus and church choir.  In 1957 Leonard won the very first ND Soil Conservation Program Award proving he was an environmentalist long before the term became popular.  From childhood, Leonard was a 4-H club member, raising prize winning cattle and sheep.  In 1971 he was awarded by The US Department of Agriculture, and NDSU, the 4-H Emerald Clover citation for 25 years of service as a 4-H club leader. Leonard served on the Hillsboro Public School board from 1971 – 1980, elected president one time.

Leonard enjoyed all aspects of farming.  In his younger years he raised sheep, cattle, and hogs.  Leonard and Maxine enjoyed their times of travel throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. Leonard loved to laugh and visit with people.  In a crowded area you could always tell where Leonard Muller was from his infectious loud laughter.  He also had a love and talent for woodworking and carpentry.

Leonard is survived by his 3 children, Cheryl (Mitchell) Guss, of Willow City, ND;  LaRon (Bryce) Risser of Battle Lake, MN; Patrick (Brenda) Muller of Hillsboro, 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  Leonard is also survived by his brother, Brother Gerald (Roberto) Muller, Austin, TX.  He was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife, Maxine, of 60 years.

A devout Catholic, Leonard lived his faith in God, was a loving husband and father and had many friends.  He was an outgoing risk-taking, successful farmer who lived a rich life to the age of 88 golden years.

May he rest in the mercy and peace of God.


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  1. Dan Gramer says:

    LAND O’ LAKES FLORIDAYes, it was that famous laughter. May you laugh your way right through those Pearly Gates my dear friend.

    Love, Dan

  2. Theresa Mueller Scheibelhut says:

    Victoria TxYour dad was one of a kind with his laugh and kindness. I’m so glad I got to see him and all of you at graduation this spring when I was there.

    “Life is changed, not taken away…he has died because he lived”

    My thoughts and prayers are with you…

  3. Patrice and Mitch Elliott says:

    Billings MTWe were very sad to hear about the passing of Uncle Leonard. We have so many wonderful memories of visits to Uncle Leonard’s and Aunt Maxine’s house for the holidays, especially Christmas. Their home was always filled with love, the smell of something wonderful baking and most of all laughter. We will always remember the laughter of Uncle Leonard that would put a smile on everyone’s face. I smile every time I think of Uncle Leonard calling me “Pete”. We will always cherish these precious family memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families.

    Patrice and Mitch Elliott, Abby and Alix

  4. Fuller Sheldon says:

    Mapleton ND
    My sympathies to you on Dad’s passing. May you find comfort and encouragement in your Faith. I met you guys while helping Big Jim Hannestad brick up your shop/office. We picked some of the apples off your tree the year it split from o’load, and also shared some laughs at Rollag while listening to the evening music a few years ago. Did Leonard get to keep his cows as long as he wished? He laughed with Jim and me that they’d be loaded and gone the minute he was. What a run.

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