Born: February 6, 1918
Place of Birth: Town of Broome, NY
Death: October 18, 2006
Place of Death: Residence
Occupation: Plumber & Pipe-fitter
Hobbies: Woodworking & crafts
Organizations: Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Colonial Heritage Association
Schoharie (Schoharie County): Mr. William Clifford Muller, 88, of Main Street, Schoharie, NY, died Wednesday, October 18th at his residence after a long illness.
Mr. Muller was born February 6, 1918 in the Town of Broome, NY, a son of Peter Nicholas and Martha (Gerhardt) Muller. He had resided on Main Street since 2002 and previously lived on State Route 30 in the Town of Schoharie in the house that he built in 1965.
He attended school at Jamaica Heights in Brooklyn and graduated from Middleburgh High School in 1936. He retired in 1982 from the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union Local #105 in Schenectady which later merged with Local #7 in Albany. He worked on such local projects as the Schoharie School, the Blenheim Pump Project, West Milton, SUNY at Cobleskill and Eden Park Nursing Home in Cobleskill. Prior to that, Mr. Muller was a dairy farmer in Howes Cave and on Warner Hill Road.
Clifford was a longtime member of the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Central Bridge where he also served on the Church Council, serving at one time as its President. He was a member of the Schoharie 50-Plus Club and was a former volunteer with Scho-Wright Ambulance Service. He was also an active member of the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association where he and his wife were the first to receive honorary memberships. He was an avid steam-engine and rail-road enthusiast and thus served on the railroad committee during the re-building and restoration of the Depot Lane railroad complex. His other interests included gardening, fishing, metalworking, and woodworking. He spent many hours hand crafting items in his workshop for family and friends.
Survivors include: his wife, Alice (Tryon) Muller, whom he married May 18, 1941. 4 Children: Jeanne (Lester) Hay, of Carlisle, Barbara (C. Joseph) Waring, of Delanson, James Richard (Kathryn) Muller, of Holland Patent, NY, and Robert William (Linda) Muller, of Delanson. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephew also survive. He was pre-deceased by two sisters; Ella Given and Helen Armlin.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Muller will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, October 23rd at the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Church Street, Central Bridge. Rev. Steffen A. Zehrfuhs, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Old Stone Fort Cemetery, Schoharie.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Catskill Area Hospice, 327 W. Main St. Suite #3, Cobleskill, NY 12043; OR to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, PO Box 273, Central Bridge, NY 12035.
The Langan Funeral Home of Schoharie and Central Bridge is assisting the family with arrangements.
Burial: Mon, October 23, 2006 at 2:00 at Old Stone Fort Cemetery
Memorial Service: Mon, October 23, 2006 at 1:00 PM at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church