Terry

May 12, 1951 ~ April 16, 2021

Born in: Los Angeles, California
Resided in: Torrance, California

Terry Mueller was born May 12,1951, in Los Angeles and grew up in El Porto. As a child, he was both mischievous and lovable.  He was always very social and enjoyed the company of his friends. Family was very important to him.  With his mother having been born in Northern Ireland, Terry was very proud of his Irish heritage and loved celebrating with “his clan” of family and close friends. He made several trips to visit Ireland. We will remember Terry raising his glass with the friendly Irish toast to everyone’s health, “Slàinte!”

His schooling was in El Segundo.  He graduated from El Segundo High in 1970.  Terry later earned his AA degree from El Camino College.

Terry had so many interests, especially photography and was able to work at Marina Del Rey Camera to share his expertise with so many devoted customers.  A career switch led Terry to work for the aerospace industry at Hughes Aircraft, where he worked as a buyer for many years. His father also worked for that corporation for so long that he had actually worked with Howard Hughes.

Things that brought so much happiness to Terry were camping with family and friends and gathering with special people for a wonderful holiday meal.  He loved playing darts, wine tasting, great music, and having a cold beer and a cigar with friends. Without a doubt, Terry’s specialty was his story telling abilities.  His colorful and so funny stories will be missed by all.

Family and countless friends are missing Terry.  He was the kindest, most loving person you could ever have in your life.  We are the lucky ones to have known and loved Terry.  We will be missing this wonderful man forever, but so thankful for our many treasured memories.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Terry and his friends held golf tournaments for many years in supported of this charity.

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  1. candle 4Miss and love you, Terry! Thank you for being such a wonderful father figure to Chris. We all miss you so much, but I know you’re not gone, just in a different form, forever guiding the ones you love. Until we meet again. Xo

    “Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Nothing has happened.

    Everything remains exactly as it was.
    I am I, and you are you,
    and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same as it ever was.
    There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
    What is this death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”

  2. Kind and gentle, a man who thought of others before he thought of himself, a light gone out of this world and into another – we will miss you so!

  3. candle 2Missing our Terry so much and I think about you everyday. Thank you for your love, friendship and kindness that you gave to me and our family you will never be forgotten.
    You have been a part of my life for over 50 years and my children were so lucky they got to have you too! What a special person you are Terry like no other so rest in peace my friend.
    Love always
    Emily

  4. Mule, I’m going to miss you and your stories. I am so lucky that I got to spend my entire life with you in it! From my childhood Christmas mornings to cooking you and the rest of my family Thanksgiving dinner. It was an honor having you there for it all. Thanks for everything Mule, love you so much.

  5. Lovely tribute to a kind and gentle soul. Great one for a story! He always had something interesting to add to a conversation. Generous of spirit and as we are sad to have to say goodbye, we feel the joy of having had Terry in our life.

  6. It’s with a sad heart we bid farewell to good man and great friend. We’ve also had the pleasure of knowing “The Mule” for over 50 years and thus got to experience and enjoy many funny and great times and stories which he always told with his own unique flair.
    He might be gone now but he’ll never be forgotten. And in the words of Dr. Seuss which seem to epitomise our dear friend;
    “Why fit in when you were born to stand out”. And “Don’t shed a tear because it’s over, smile because it happened”.
    Rest In Peace Mr. MULE

    • Well said. I met Terry at Imperial Street Elementary and were in the CubScouts together (I think). We became friends quickly and spent much of our early days at the beach, Boy Scout trips (where we tried our best to keep the fathers inline) and at movie theaters though out the South Bay. As many know his father was part owner at the Le Buffett restaurant in Westchester. As it was right next door to the Loyal Theater we were able to take advantage of the free food. Many good times.

      My deepest condolences to his sister Patty.

  7. Terry I knew you at Imperial St, Jr high, ESHS what a memory you bestowed ! On me and so many others!! MAY YOU REST IN PARADISE WITH STEVE RAY AND SOOO MANY OTHERS….

  8. Terry, you will always be in my memories. You were always truly a kind and thoughtful person. Your many friends will always remember you for your generosity and huge heart for children.

  9. candle 2Terry, We will miss your presence at the OTP on Sunday afternoons. You are loved by many and Rest In Peace! Arnold and Barbara Boehringer

  10. Where to begin? So very many memories of our nearly seventy years together are woven like strands of yarn into a warm and cozy blanket. That blanket will be a comfort and a blessing as I move forward through the days ahead without your laughter, encouragement, advice, and strength. You are greatly missed by me and by so many other people who called you “friend.”

    “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the
    lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
    -Nelson Mandela
    I love you, Boyo.

  11. I am so sorry to hear about Terry. We went all through school together. I remember him as a funny, friendly guy. When I ran in to him through the years he always had a smile and a kind word. He was a good man.
    Susan Davies Murphy

  12. R.I.P Terry I will miss talking to that Smiling Face. Havent talked to you in a while since the Pandemic. Terry and I went to Imperial St. School together and I use to stay overnight at his House in EL Porto. If I needed to know what was going on in Town he would call me and let me know. My Mother and his Father were Friends and she use to work for him sometimes at the Restaurant in Westchester. Ill miss seeing you at the Reunion Big Guy. I will see you again someday. T2

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