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Don Delmar Muhs

Don Delmar Muhs

Don Delmar Muhs, the third of seven children, was born on November 14, 1932, to William and Milda (Reher) Muhs on a farm near Grand Island, NE.   As a young boy he would watch the airplanes fly over the farmstead.   With the airport runway only two miles from the farm, the planes flew so low that they would blow off the cotton seeds from the cottonwood trees.  It was at that time Don knew that being in planes was what he was going to do.

Following his dream after graduating from high school, Don enlisted in the Air Force. Shortly after boot camp when stationed at Mather AFB in Sacramento, California, he met his future wife, Barbara Lee King.  After getting married, they had two boys, Michael and Mark in quick succession.  The family of four lived and moved to various Air Force bases In California and Nebraska until Don was stationed in Zaragoza, Spain.  While stationed there, their daughter Shari was born.  After living in Spain, more moves came for Don:  Offutt AFB, NE; Tan Son Nhut AFB, Viet Nam; Holloman AFB, NM; Travis AFB, CA; and finally, back to Offutt AFB, NE.  The family was with him during all these moves except Viet Nam.  He began his career as a mechanic on C-47’s.   Later Don became a crew chief with his name on the side of the plane.  He became a flight engineer on C-141’s and flew to Viet Nam 3 – 4 times a month for 5 years.  He ended his career scheduling in-air refueling flights at SAC Headquarters, Offutt AFB, NE.  After 30 years in the Air Force traveling around the world, Chief Master Sargent Don D. Muhs retired from his career that he never considered a job.  He treated that job just as he treated everything in life – “An adventure”.  No matter where he lived, Don and Barbara always said, “If you have to be somewhere, you should try to enjoy it.”   Wherever Don’s family lived he made it fun.  Never scary, never daunting, but an exciting world to explore.

The next stage in his life came after retiring from his distinguished career in the Air Force. When it came time to choose another career, it was an easy transition.  Math and numbers were easy for Don.  Adding that to his personality, Don began selling insurance for Woodmen of the World in Omaha, Nebraska.  As with his Air Force Career, he never thought of it as a job.  Throughout his 28-year career at Woodmen Don was presented with many awards and accolades for helping people with their insurance needs.

After living in Omaha, NE for forty years, Don and Barbara made their final move to Chandler, AZ.  Don died September 24, 2018, surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents: William and Milda Muhs, his siblings: Eldon Muhs, Ella Rubesh, and LoAnn Roach, and his grandson Christopher Muhs.

Don is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Muhs;  Sister Vera Krueger of Grand Island, NE; Bothers: Doyle Muhs of Grand Island, NE, and Larry Muhs of Pierce, NE; Children: Michael and Joy (Hull) Muhs of San Tan Valley, AZ, Mark and Kathy (Kix) Muhs of Perry, IA, and Shari (Muhs) and Todd Anderson of San Tan Valley, AZ;  Grandchildren: Tonia Pack, Tabatha Peden and Michelle Muhs; Tanya Wyckoff and Scott Muhs; and Nathan and Nolan Anderson;  Great grandsons: Hudson Smith, John Wesley Peden, Dallas and Dayton Wyckoff, and Willam Muhs.

Don was a husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and to all who met him a friend.  He could make everybody laugh with his quick wit.  To those that knew him these last few years they could probably see a glimpse of it.   But to those that knew him before that time will smile and maybe even give a hardy laugh when they think of him.  He would want us to smile as you remember him today. He would like that.  There wasn’t a person that he held a grudge against.  He made the best of all situations.  He will be missed by those whom he has touched.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 29

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, between 1:00 and 3:00 PM in the Community Room at the Gardens of Ocotillo, 1601 West Queen Creek Road, Chandler, AZ.

Condolences can be directed to the Muhs Family at 1601 W. Queen Creek Road, Apt #115, Chandler, AZ 85248, or donations can be given to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.
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