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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Obituary: James B. Muck, Sr.

  • James B. Muck, Sr., 86, Meadville, left this world on Monday, April 14, 2014, surrounded by his wife, all seven of his children, several of his grandchildren, and one beloved niece, Lori Long.
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  • James B. Muck, Sr., 86, Meadville, left this world on Monday, April 14, 2014, surrounded by his wife, all seven of his children, several of his grandchildren, and one beloved niece, Lori Long.
    A funeral service will be Friday, April 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield. Burial will be in Wheeling Cemetery in Wheeling. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday and the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 in the evening.
    Memorials to Autism Speaks may be left at or mailed to Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, PO Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.
    James was born on May 13, 1927, in Rothville, the son of George William and Mary Elizabeth (Spears) Muck, and lived his childhood years in Sumner. While home on military leave from Germany, he met Lulu Louise Cooper-Atwood, and they married on June 28, 1949, after a whirlwind courtship. They would become the parents of seven children, 21 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandson.
    James was drafted into military service in September 1945, and was on board a troopship headed for Europe when WWII ended. He would make the military his first career, beginning as a private in post-war Germany, and retiring in October 1965, as a pilot with the rank of Major. He served his country in Germany and the Korean Conflict, flew helicopter missions in Thailand and Vietnam, and served two tours as part of the military escort team for the National Science Foundation, providing helicopter transportation for the scientists during Operation Deep Freeze, in the Antarctic.
    James’ second career was in the trucking industry, and he formed M&S Trucking Co. in 1975, starting our with a one 18 wheeler and one trailer. When James retired for the second time in 1998, the company had grown to a fleet of 35 tractors, 70 trailers, and over 50 employees.
    While the military and trucking were two major passions in James’ life, his true passion was his family.
    James is survived by his wife of 65 years, Louise, three sons and daughters-in-law, Jim, Jr. and Karen Muck, Larry and Teresa Muck, all of Meadville and Gerry and Joyce Muck of Liberty; four daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Dee Friesner, Sandy and Andy Myers, all of Meadville, Ann and Jerry Beebe of Chillicothe, and Susie and Jack Cummings of Barnesville, Georgia, 21 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandson.  He is also survived by two brothers, Bob Muck and Ron and Doris Muck  and one sister, Wanda Jo Wren, four sisters-in-law, Martha and Glen Johnson, Evelyn Moner, Dixie Singleton, and Lucille Bowyer, and many nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, June Jones, Berniece Grime, and Elva Jean Bois, one sister-in-law, eight brothers-in-law, and one great-grandson, Dakota Friesner.

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