Funeral services for Robert Ambrose (Henry) Muir, Jr. (86 years old), who died on March 5, 2012 will be held Saturday, March 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Chaplain Randy Sawyer officiating.
Visitation will be held at the Adams Funeral Home on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with military graveside services to follow. Donations in Mr. Muir’s memory may be made to the Johnson County Library in care of Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams Ave. in Buffalo.
Robert was born on August 25, 1925 in Joliet, IL, to Robert and Elizabeth Muir. Robert lived in and traveled to many places. He loved his family, hard work, reading, travel, storytelling, and the outdoors. Robert loved his wife Gertrude for 64 years. During those years they worked hard to make a warm and loving home to raise a very thankful family. Robert and Gertrude were married for over 63 years and raised 10 children and loved 21 grandchildren.
Robert was a hardworking man who lived his childhood and early adulthood in Joliet, IL. He grew up in the Great Depression. He learned to work with great focus and determination. Robert served in the US Navy SeaBees in the Pacific during the war, landing on the island of Okinawa on invasion day April 1, 1945. Among his many achievements, he served in 3 branches of the US military: US Navy, US Army and US Air Force.
Robert lived the many historic events many are fascinated to read about: the turbulent depression years, the 2nd World War, and the Cold War. He served his country with honor for over 22 years. Despite the hardships, Robert kept his sense of humor and remained good-natured, gentle, generous, persevering in and overcoming difficulties.
While serving in the US Military, Robert served a stint in Wyoming. He fell in love with the area. Pursuing his military career, he moved from Wyoming to Offutt AFB where he retired in 1966. He ran a Chinchilla operation in Omaha for a number of years, but his heart never left Wyoming.
He returned to Buffalo in 1980 with his wife Gertrude to build a house (with the help of his children) and settle down. In the succeeding years, Robert occupied himself with raising sheep and operating Muir Fence Service.
Robert and Gertrude had family and friends on several continents and they enjoyed traveling extensively, always making time for family and friends. They saw much of the United States, Canada, and Europe.
There are three words that summarize Robert’s life: determination, hardworking, and adventurous. He will be forever missed and always remembered.
He is survived by his children: Dr. Jesse (Faith) Muir, Lt. Col., Phoenix, AZ; Dr. Susie Muir (John Achterhof), Los Angeles, CA; Bonnie Muir, Sandy, UT; Annie (Wayne) Hill, Portland, OR; Jimmie Muir (Jana), Hartford, SD; Dixie Muir, Westmont, IL; Lt. Col. Jerrie Muir (Katie), Mission Viejo, CA; Dr. Trudie (Rick Woodland) Muir, Billings, MT; Jennie (Mark) Gordon, Buffalo, WY; Dr. Jeannie (Steve Clark) Muir, Lt. Col., Rockville, MD; 21 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brother, George Bernard Muir, Cartersville, IL; and 3 sisters: Ruth Hayes, Joliet, IL; Lois Schaller, Plainfield, IL; and Mary Jane Muir, Joliet, IL. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his wife Gertrude, 1 sister and 4 brothers.