BENJAMIN TEOFILO MULLER, 85, died on Saturday, the 2nd of January, 2010 in Houston. He was born on the 10th of June, 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky, the eldest child of Alfredo and Damaris Muller. Ben earned a geology degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and was a veteran of World War II. In 1942, Ben enlisted in the Army Air Force and was a tail gunner on a B-25 Bomber. He served with the 345th Bomb Group, 500th Squadron, 5th Air Force in the South Pacific. Ben's plane, the Pensive 888, was shot down during his 37th mission on 3rd of April, 1945 and he spent almost 5 months as a POW on Hainan Island (China) until he was liberated by the OSS in August of 1945. Ben was awarded a Purple Heart for his heroism and courage during the war. He enjoyed a 35 year career as a geologist at NL Baroid. Ben lived his life to the fullest and was a world traveler and an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast. Ben had a wonderful collection of 1960's model Ford Mustangs in addition to his beloved BMW motorcycles. At the age of 67, Ben took his motorcycle from Houston, Texas to Oaxaca, Mexico and back. Ben had a very adventurous spirit and he was the type of man who never met a stranger. He is survived by his wife, Ruby, of fifty seven years; daughters, Cynthia and Frank Elsik, Kathleen Muller, Elizabeth and Chet Miller, and Madeline and Tab Bingamon; sisters, Flora Daude of Temple, and Ellen Brooks of El Paso; numerous nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren and one great grandson. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 5th of January, in Drawing Room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. The funeral service will be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 6th of January, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Interment will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Houston National Cemetery where military honors are to be rendered by the U.S. AirForce. In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to the National Museum of the Pacific War, Membership and Memorials, Admiral Nimitz Foundation, 340 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Published in Houston Chronicle from January 3 to January 4, 2010
Ruby Potts Muller
1929–2019 (m. 1952)
SSGT, US Army Air Forces, World War II
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