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Mueller, former News sportswriter, dies Monday

Christopher Todd Mueller, 55, took his last breath Monday, September 11, 2017. He was born February 5, 1962 in Spokane, Washington. He moved with his family to DeQuincy when he was in middle school and graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1980. Chris was a member of Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church in DeQuincy where he served as a Lector and CCD teacher for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus #8805 for many years and had previously served as the Grand Knight.

Chris worked in the grocery business for over forty years being employed by Cash & Carry in management, Market Basket as a Store Manager, Community Coffee salesman, and a sales broker for Acosta Sales and Marketing for the last 12 years.

Over the years he received numerous awards and recognition including outstanding employee, employee of the quarter and countless sales performance awards.

For the last twenty years, Chris served as the Sports Editor for the DeQuincy News and the Cameron Pilot and enjoyed writing about the local athletic programs.

His passion for any and all sports didn't stop there. Chris spent his free time coaching his kids through baseball and softball until they were grown. He was an assistant coach for the DeQuincy High School baseball team for over ten years. He coached Dixie Youth teams and even served as Commissioner of the league in DeQuincy for many years. His 12 year old Dixie Softball team won a state championship and went to the World Series in 2005. He coached many USSSA teams including the Bayou Bucks.

Over the years his teams have brought home so many championship trophies and awards, that he had an entire room in his house where he proudly showed them off. Chris also touched the lives of numerous young athletes as he spent hours each week giving batting lessons to so many kids. Although his passion was for sports, his love was for his family.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 33 years, Laurie Bell Mueller, his children, Mathew Mueller of Lake Charles, Amy Mueller Clark and husband Kory of DeQuincy and Kaci Mueller of DeQuincy. He is also survived by his brothers, Jeff Mueller of Carlyss, John Mueller of Arlington, Tex.; sisters, Shelli Mueller Richard and husband, Steve of DeQuincy and Kelly Mueller Conway and husband Joe of Katy, Tex. and his father-in-law, Donnis Bell of DeQuincy, along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Sharon Mueller and his mother-in-law, Frankie Bell and one nephew, Ryan Richard.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Riley Smith Funeral Home with a Rosary beginning at 7 p.m.

The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church on Thursday, Sept. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with Father Eddie Richard officiating.

Interment will follow at DeQuincy Memorial Park, DeQuincy.

Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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