Death of Lombard Village President Linked to West Nile Virus

He was the longest serving Village President in Lombard's history.

By Alexandra Clark
|  Saturday, Aug 18, 2012  |  Updated 4:09 PM CDT
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Lombard Village President Dies

Lombard Village President William J. "Bill" Mueller was hospitalized on August 5, while serving his fifth consecutive term in office.

Lombard Village President William J. "Bill" Mueller died on Saturday from complications caused by West Nile Virus, according to a statement posted on the village's website.

“Our father was truly a servant leader and everything he did was for others" Mueller's daughters Donna Fruehe and Debbie Rapata said in the statement. "We feel sincerely blessed. He was an amazing dad, husband and grandpa.”

Mueller, 76, was hospitalized on August 5 in his battle against cancer and West Nile Virus.

He had served as Village President since 1993 and was the longest serving Village President in Lombard's history.

“He was truly an activist for the people of Lombard,” said Lombard Village Clerk Brigitte O’Brien.

Mueller, a life-long resident of Lombard, leaves behind his wife, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

“The family wants to thank everyone for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers. It has been amazing and has strengthened us to get through this difficult time,” the Mueller family said.

Funeral arrangements were being made Saturday and would be announced as soon as possible, the website said.

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