William Robert Muetze

July 8, 1943 - December 26, 2019

William “Bill” Robert Muetze, 76, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019 in Fort Pierce Florida.  He was otherwise in great health when he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm.  He was born on July 8, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Raymond and Bernice (nee. Goetz) Muetze.  William was united in marriage to Catherine Hinckley on January 10, 1981 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia. 

Bill will be remembered as a lifetime farmer, for his strong Catholic faith, love, generosity, straightforwardness and unflinching work ethic.  Bill is a 1961 graduate of Marmion Academy.  Following high school, Bill bought a farm in Batavia at the age of 18 on Main Street.  He received an agricultural waiver, but at the age of 24, volunteered to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam Campaign.  He was Honorably discharged from the Army and returned to his love of Farming.  Believing in a risk to reward mentality and thinking big, Bill believed that everything was possible with hard work.

Bill’s presence required all to shift their thinking into a higher gear.  If you were with him, you would need to run to keep up.  Cathy was able to do all these things with him well; she must run on the same unique batteries as Bill. 

He is survived by his wife Catherine; five children, Brian (Melissa) Muetze, Jennifer (Joshua) Jensen, James (Brandi) Muetze, Margaret (Joseph) Engel, Max (Katey) Muetze; twenty-four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Bush and Mitzi (Dennis) Lockwood; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Noack, a brother who died at infancy, Jimmy, and a grandson, Raymond Muetze.   

Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Monday, December 30, 2019 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL.

Funeral services will begin with prayers at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from Moss Family Funeral Home before proceeding to Holy Cross Catholic Church 2300 Main Street to celebrate Mass at 10:30 A.M. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Charity of the donor’s choice. 

For additional information please contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • Jim and Claudia King Bill and I shared our High School education together At Marmion Military Academy on Lake St. in Aurora, under the able Benedictine tutelage of Priests and Brothers. Bill excelled at every venture with Faith in God and the energy of the Holy Spirit. Claudia and I have fond memories of dinners and good times at trade shows with Cathy and Bill, and will miss him greatly. I picture Bill entering thru the gates of Heaven a half hour before the Devil knew he was gone and will be there to greet us when it is our time to go.
  • The Orzech family It is with heart felt sadness to hear of Bill's passing. We will miss him. Bill, Cathy, and the whole Muetze family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Henry, Michelle, Ethan and Erin
  • Dave Duriavich He will be missed.thoughts and prayers to all.
  • The Fred Hamman family We wish to extend our deepest condolences to you Kathy and your family. We will make a donation the The Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy in honor of Bill’s life and memory. Peace be with you. Fred, Ann, Jim and Dave Hamman
  • Gary Ingold I met Bill and Cathy two years ago at St Isabel Catholic Church in Sanibel, FL. I had just spoke about our ministry of saving babies and taking care of moms who faced an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. They immediately fell in love with our ministry. When we met the next time Bill shared his faith was so sincere and beautiful. Bill had a big heart...he just wouldn't stop trying to help moms to say yes to LIFE...and because of that many of those babies are with us today. Thank you Bill...Rest In Peace
  • MIKE CULLISON & ISABEL We've been very fortunate to get to know the Muetze family over the last few years. Bill was a great man who created an exceptional family. Our heart felt condolences to Cathy and the kids.
  • Kirk Reinhart I didn't know Bill, but I know his son Brian. Brian spoke about his father at times and said nothing but good things about him. Bill must have been an exceptional man and I will pray for his soul. May he rest in the peace of God's love.
  • Nancy Bill was an extraordinary man. For me, I will always remember his strong faith in God. He shared his faith with all of his loved ones and with everyone he met along the way. May that faith carry us all through this difficult time.