Frederick William Muchow, Jr (F.W.) of Waco passed quietly in his sleep, following an eight month battle with Pleural Mesothelioma, on the evening of April 16, 2014.
Visitation will take place Friday, April 18 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, Robinson. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 2:00 PM at St John’s United Church of Christ, Robinson. A private burial will take place in St Paul Cemetery, Marlin prior to the service. In lieu, of flowers the family requests memorials be made in his name to St Paul Cemetery Association, FM 2307, Marlin, Texas 76661, St John’s United Church of Christ 100 S Robinson Drive, Robinson, Texas 76706, or charity of choice.
F. W. was born August 5, 1927, in Falls County. Texas. His parents were Frederick William Muchow, Sr and Bertha Grube Muchow. He was the youngest of eight children. His parents and his seven older sisters: Pearl Muchow Stein, Olive Muchow Wusterhausen, Bertha Muchow Polster, Ethel Muchow Boehm, Nora Muchow, Alnora Muchow McDowell, and Ruth Muchow Jerichow preceded him in death. He was the sole survivor of his generation on both sides of his family tree. He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Sharon Craig Muchow.
He married Lola Katherine Bearden on Christmas Eve, 1949. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in 2013. To their marriage were born Michael L. Muchow, Richard W. (Rick) Muchow and Mary Katherine Muchow Rasner.
F.W. worked as a painter and wall paper installer throughout most of hisadult work life. His work was exemplary and his skills were sought by a very large following of both home and business owners. His work remains in several homes, such as the floral garland surrounding the oval leaded skylight of Highlands Mansion, Marlin. He maintained the family home with tender care and completed some interior painting and upkeep chores as late as two years ago.
Besides Lola, survivors include his three children: Michael Muchow of Temple, Rick Muchow of Hewitt, and Mary Muchow Rasner and husband Brent of Robinson. His six grandchildren and four great grandchildren: Marissa Muchow-Martinez and her children Maddison, Gracie, Cassie and Max all of Temple; Jason Muchow of College Station, Kevin Muchow of Hewitt; and Ryan Rasner, Brady Rasner and Shannon Rasner all of Robinson. Sister-in-laws Elsie Bearden Pressley of Marlin, Loraine P. Bearden of Pearland, and brother-in-law Chuck (Charles Lee) Bearden and his wife Barbara of Hillsboro also survive. Numerous nieces and nephews and their families are also part of the extended family.
The family wishes to acknowledge the numerous visits, cards, calls and food provided to F.W. and Lola during the last several months. The support offered by friends from their church, dance groups, lifelong friends from Marlin, neighbors, and extended family made his transition easier and provided much needed support to both of Daddy and Mother. Keeping their promise of remaining at home, Mother succeeded in providing for the comfort and care of Daddy through the entire journey of his illness.