Lance Muller, 65, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018, enduring a brief, but brave, battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Osage, Iowa, on Oct. 28, 1952, the son of Adelaide (Lindley) and Maurice Muller. Following high school, Lance was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1971 to 1977 as a military police officer. He opened and ran Clancey's Supper Club in Marble Rock, Iowa, for 14 years. He moved to Paducah, Ky., working for the Olive Garden franchise. After four years, he transferred to the Cedar Rapids Olive Garden to be closer to his ailing father. Lance soon opened Clancey's Keg in Cedar Rapids during January 2000.
Lance, was a lifelong, true entrepreneur, best known for his quick wit, larger than life personality and generosity. His love of cooking and hospitality are a testament to Clancey's 18 years of loyal customers. He loved sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, and continued an ongoing love/hate relationship with the Minnesota Vikings. Most important, Lance truly lived by his motto: Family, Friends, Freedom.
Lance is survived by his wife and greatest admirer, Julie (Burkle); brother, Larry (Nancy) Muller; sisters, Lorraine (Red) Elliott and Lynne Beyer; nephews, Larry (Rhonda) Muller Jr., Mike Muller and Mark Nelson; niece, Lynn (Mark) Scott; Julie's daughter, Amanda (Brent) and children Caden, Kiya and Braxton Hood; mother and father-in-law, Joe and Gloria Burkle; sisters-in-law, Kori (Lee) Cusick and Wendy (Jeff) Cooper; brother-in-law, Chris Burkle; and many nieces and nephews he adored.
Lance was preceded in death by his parents.
Please join family and friends for a Celebration of Life at Clancey's Keg, 719 Fifth St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, on Friday, May 18, beginning at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Hospice Mercy in Cedar Rapids.
Online condolences may be left at iowacremation.com.