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Robert Muhlig

March 22, 1939 ~ February 20, 2021 (age 81)


Robert E. Muhlig Sr, 81, of Council Grove, Kansas, passed away on February 20, 2021 at his home.  Bob was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 22, 1939 to Joseph and Marie Muhlig.  He lived in the Chicago area until joining the US Army in 1958, serving until 1964.  He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he met his wife, Judith Catlin.  They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 3, 2020.  

Bob and Judy had three children:  Bob Jr, Jennifer and Ryan. Dispite growing up in the city, Bob was known as an avid outdoorsman. He excelled at hunting, archery and fishing with his two sons.  Bob was a proud firefighter and crew chief, retiring from the Fort Riley Fire Department in 1989.  He was a lover of animals, especially dogs.  

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his son Bob Jr, brother Billy and his favorite dog, Dee.  

Bob is survived by his wife Judy; daughter Jennifer (Travis) of Council Grove and son Ryan of Augusta, KS; grandsons: Matthew Gordon (Kayla) of Oakley, Brett Muhlig of Herington, Garrett Gordon of Council Grove; granddaughter Madelyn Muhlig of Augusta; great-granddaughter Winnie Gordon of Oakley; sister Mary Rollins of New Lenox, IL;  many nieces, nephews and dear friends. 

A Celebration of Life will be determined at a later date.  The family will follow through with Bob’s wishes of cremation. Memorial contributions can be mailed to: Furbabies Rescue, P.O. Box 156, Council Grove, Kansas 66846.  Condolences may be left at

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