Muehlendorf, Horace J. “Mike”
November 2, 1911 – December 29, 2007

Horace J. Muehlendorf, 96, of College Station passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2007. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2008, at Hillier Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday, January 7, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

Mike was born on November 2, 1911, in El Paso, Texas. When he was four years old, he was sent to San Antonio to live with his beloved grandmother who operated a rooming house during World War I. He and his grandmother moved to Metarie, La., after the war to be with his aunts, Pia and Patsy, and uncles, Walter, Fred and Henry. There, he attended and graduated from New Orleans public schools.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in the South Pacific Theater, where he was wounded during a fierce battle during World War II. He later met and married Clarine Mary Ard. He loved her and her three children, Bud, Jim and Mary, dearly.

Over the years, they also had twins, Emily and Virginia, and Michael Jon and Paula. He often said that his grandson Michael Craig was like a son to him and they had a very special relationship. Always a Marine, he had a friend take him to the Marine Corps recruiting office in Houston the day after September 11, 2001, where he tried to enlist. He was 89 years old but felt he wanted to do what he could for the country he loved so much. He was a proud Marine all of his life.

Dad loved God; his wife Clarine; his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and he loved the U.S. Marine Corps. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandmother; wife, Clarine; son, Michael Jon; and stepson, Bud.

Survivors include his stepson, James “Jim” Haley; stepdaughter, Mary Vickers; and daughters, Emily Rodriguez, Virginia McCarty and Paula Shaw and husband, Brian.

Donations may be made to American Legion: P.O. Box 326, Bryan, Texas 77806.