Obituary of Herbert C. Muther Jr.
Herbert C. “Herbie” Muther, Jr.
Following a long and fulfilling life centered on family and friends, Herbert C. (“Herbie”) Muther passed away peacefully at the age of 99 on May 18, 2022. Herbie, who was known as Papa to his family, was born on November 2, 1922, and grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. Following graduation from Newton High School, Herbie enrolled in Colgate University where he was a member of the varsity ice hockey team and the DKE fraternity. His college career was interrupted, however, by the outbreak of World War II. Herbie promptly volunteered and joined the U. S. Army. He was part of the famed 10th Mountain Division ski troops and served with distinction, fighting in the Italian mountain campaign, and earning a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for valor. He was discharged in 1945 as a second lieutenant. Returning to Colgate following the War, he graduated in 1948 and promptly married Barbara Weigel Muther, whom he had met at nearby Skidmore College. Barbara was the love of his life, and dear companion for 67 years, until she predeceased him in 2015. Perfectly matched, Barbara and Herb supported each other through life’s ups and downs with equanimity borne of love and mutual respect.
In 1948, Herbie also joined the National Cash Register Company in Boston. He worked for NCR in positions of increasing responsibility in sales and branch management until his retirement in 1969. Herbie and Barbara moved several times during his tenure with NCR. They lived in Needham and Wellesley, Massachusetts, Burlington, Vermont and finally Bedford, New Hampshire. Following his retirement, Herbie and Barbara moved to Waterford Country Club in Venice, Florida in 1979. Waterford was their primary residence thereafter although they enjoyed traveling and spent many summers on Cape Cod with his daughter Sally, her extended family and a wide circle of friends.
Herbie had an infectious and outgoing personality. He was truly the “life of the party” and stayed close to an extensive and loving group of friends in Venice and on Cape Cod. A gifted athlete, he played tennis and pickleball for years, and golf right up to shortly before his passing. Blessed with a quick wit and appealing sense of humor, Herbie possessed a force of personality that quickly won over all with whom he came in contact. Most important to him, however, was his wife Barbara and his extended family.
Herbie is survived by his sons Stephen of Marco Island, Florida and Herbert (Sandy) of Naples, Florida. His daughter Sally of Harwich Port, Massachusetts predeceased him in 2017. He is also survived by his five loving grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service at Farley Funeral Home in Venice is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th at 11 am.
A further celebration of life will be scheduled for this summer on Cape Cod.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod at https://www.thefamilypantry.com/.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Herbert Muther Jr., please visit Tribute Store