Herbert Lohmuller, M.D.,
Posted on May 28, 2015
Herbert Wendel Lohmuller, M.D, a dedicated physician who cared for the sick for over 40 years, died at the River Terrace Estates retirement community at 5:06 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, two days before his 91st birthday.
Dr. Lohmuller spent the last 20 years of his medical practice at Caylor-Nickel Clinic and Hospital and was probably best known in the community for the countless patients he tended as a hematologist/oncologist.
Born to Martin Nicholas and Mary Frances (Doser) Lohmuller in Philadelphia on May 29, 1924, he was drafted to the U.S. Army after graduating from North East Catholic High School in 1943. After being accepted into the Army Specialized Training Program, he qualified for the undergraduate engineering program at the University of Kentucky. Halfway through the program, his course changed to pre-medicine due to the high demand for doctors during the war. He attended the Ohio State University Medical School and received his medical degree in 1949.
On Aug. 12, 1950, he married the former Nora Genevieve Lavins of Washington, D.C., and practiced medicine in the Philadelphia area until he was drafted again in 1954, making him one of the few Americans to be drafted twice. As an Army physician, he served as a captain and company commander at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, and later at the Arizona Navajo Ordinance Depot near Flagstaff, Ariz. After his discharge in 1956, he returned to Philadelphia to continue his private practice.
He joined the Caylor-Nickel Clinic in Bluffton in 1968. In the Bluffton community, he served as president of the Wells County chapter of the American Cancer Society and began a free clinic to serve the migrant farm workers who returned each fall for harvest.
Dr. Lohmuller was instrumental in the early establishment of the Indiana Tumor Registry which records cancer incidences, treatments and outcomes. A member of St. Joseph Parish, he was active as a choir member and cantor, religious education teacher, ministry to the migrant workers and leader of the St. Joseph chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Once he retired from medical practice in 1989, he began volunteer work at the Wells County Public Library. A voracious reader, the library was one of his favorite places. Even into his 80s, Dr. Lohmuller poured over textbooks on anatomy, computer programming and economics. Among his favorite subjects to read were history and theology, particularly the works of Thomas Merton.
Dr. Lohmuller is survived by his wife, Genevieve; his brother, the Most Rev. Martin Lohmuller; and his 10 children — his five sons, Bernard (Karen) Lohmuller of Fort Wayne, Martin (Jean) Lohmuller of Granger, John Lohmuller of Bluffton, Paul Lohmuller of St. Louis, and Joseph (Ann) Lohmuller of Bettendorf, Iowa; and his five daughters, Mary (John) Koors of Racine, Wis., Theresa (Larry) Sell of Bluffton, Margaret (James) Pfister of Fort Wayne, Catherine (James) Cicchiello of Fort Wayne, and Elizabeth (Ron) Grisoli of Granger. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton, with a Funeral Vigil at 5 p.m. There will be additional visitation at 9 a.m. Monday, June 1, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bluffton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bluffton by Msgr. Pius N. Ilechukwu at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1. Burial will follow at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Catholic Relief Services, or the Catholic Near East Welfare Association in care of the funeral home.