John F. Muller, an addictions counselor who earlier had been co-owner of a wholesale seafood business, died Nov. 24 from colon cancer at his Middle River home. He was 78.
The son of a Methodist minister and a homemaker, John Frederick Muller was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1951 from City College.
Mr. Muller enlisted in the Army, where he served as a military policeman during the Korean War, and in 1976 earned a bachelor's degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
He was part owner of Whorton's Seafood, a wholesale seafood company, that was originally located in what is now the Port Discovery Children's Museum on Market Place in Baltimore.
The business relocated to Jessup, where it remained until closing in 1989.
Mr. Muller, who joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1967, had "recently celebrated 45 years of sobriety," said a stepdaughter, Rachelle Cummins of Bethesda.
Mr. Muller's last job was working as an addictions counselor with court-ordered DWI cases, Ms. Cummins said.
He was an active member of Middle River Baptist Church where he taught a men's Sunday school class and had founded Celebrate Recovery.
Mr. Muller was a member of the Masons' Jeptha Lodge 222 in Essex, and played the tuba with the Boumi Temple and Baltimore Forest 45 of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.
Mr. Muller was an avid reader of history and fiction.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mountain Christian Church, 1824 Mountain Road in Joppa.
In addition to his stepdaughter, Mr. Muller is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Lucille Jaymes; three sons, John Muller of Abingdon, Ralph Muller of Middle River and Robert Muller of Atlantic City, N.J.; two other stepdaughters, Salena Cummins of New York City and Joelene Spielman of Libertytown; two brothers, Henry Muller of Towson and James Muller of Needham, Mass.; and 12 grandchildren. Two earlier marriages ended in divorce.