Hank Muller, 78, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at home.
Born on July 18, 1943 in Gorssel, Netherlands he was the son of Hendrik and Cornellia (Brinkhoff). Hank proudly served his country with the Royal Netherlands Army. He attended college in his home country receiving a Bachelor’s in Science in Mechanical Engineering.
He met this wonderful lady name Marianne Kennedy through rural youth and they were married on October 20, 1972 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Plymouth. Hank worked for Veldman’s Service Center as an auto mechanic for 20 years and also for Tire Rack as a service manager before retiring in 2018.
Hank was a very reserved man, often keeping to himself, but nonetheless an extremely hard worker and great provider to his family. Often referred to as “Opa” by his grandchildren, they will carry on his legacy of always remaining persistent on any goals and dreams that they may have.
He loved to bicycle, garden, read and traveled to 49 states.
He is survived by his wife Marianne of Walkerton; daughter Renee Catano of South Bend; son Nick Muller of South Bend; grandchildren: Nicholas Muller of South Bend; Madisyn Muller of Walkerton; 2 brothers and 6 sisters.
Hank is preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers.
A celebration of life will be held on a later date.
Marlene Schlosser says
Marianne, Renee, Nick, Nicholas and Maddy. He is at peace now and flying high with the angels. He’s with you in your dreams and memories. Hold those close to your heart. Hank was a man of few words. Such a hard worker and provider for his family. He never sat still for very long, he was always needing to keep busy. I always enjoyed speaking with him on the phone. Our conversations were short but I was always glad to talk with him. Godspeed my friend. Until we meet again.
Love you all, Marlene
Brenda Williams says
Mike and I wish to offer our deepest condolences to you all. I know he was a dedicated Father and Husband but a very proud Opa to Nicholas and Maddie. Thomas Campbell said” To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” He will live in many hearts. God Bless.
George Soley says
So sorry to hear this sad news. I worked with him long ago at Veldman’s and always found him to be a knowledgeable, conscientious, friendly, and personable guy. Please accept my condolences.
Charleen and Romy Rush says
Marianne, We were so sorry to hear of Hank’s passing. He always was a quiet presence, no one worked harder than him and we appreciated his friendship.
Along with his other many friends, we send our deepest sympathy to you, Renee and Nick.
Joan Blackford says
Marianne, Sorry for the loss of your best friend and a long time friend of mine. I will always remember the days of Rural Youth. 🙏🙏 for you and the family. Joan
Brenda Williams says
Mike and I were saddened to hear of Hank’s passing. I know that Hank was a dedicated family man and a very proud Opa to Nicholas and Maddie. He had the respect of his co workers at Tire Rack, My nephew was one of the many who worked with him and always spoke of him fondly. Nick, Renee and Marianne please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. And Maddie, Nicholas always remember that your Opa was your biggest fan and he will always be watching over you all.
Henry Veldman o says
So sorry to hear that Hank passed away
He was a great friend and a skillful member of the Orangemen soccer team as goalie and field player
Molly Lisenko says
I’m so sad to learn of Hank’s passing. I worked at Tire Rack the last few years before he retired and was always glad to have a chat with him and hear his stories about his family, gardening and traveling. It was a nice surprise when he’d visit after his retirement. He was very generous bringing us cucumbers and peppers from the garden. He was such a kind person. My condolences to Marianne & family.
The Dove's says
I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and your family.
Ineke Nijssen-Muller says
We were so sorry to hear of Henk’s passing. We are all thinking of you.
Rust zacht oom Henk….
Amy Stone says
I have fond memories of sitting with you and Hank at Clay High School soccer games.
Jack Stone’s mom