Curtis Mueller, who first began selling athletic first aid products to high school, college and professional sports teams as a side business 60 years ago, died in his sleep on Oct. 19. He was 85. In 1961, he founded Mueller Chemical Company, which would later become Mueller Sports Medicine, and introduced a myriad of products into the team market, including Quench Gum and the Sport Care brand. Earlier in his life, the Wisconsin native played varsity basketball for the Badgers in the 1950s before serving as an Army medic. A private service for the married father of three took place on Oct. 25. A Celebration of Life is slated for Nov. 30 at the Sauk Prairie River Arts Center in Prairie di Sac, WI. Tributes in Curt’s memory may be made to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Training Scholarship Fund (www.supportuw.org/giveto/atpscholarship).
Page Bryan Ashby, the founder and president of Carolina Cotton Works, Inc., based in Gaffney, SC., died Oct. 25. He was 76 and had worked for over 50 years in the textile industry. He graduated from North Carolina State University, where he was quarterback of the football team and a sprinter on the track team, in 1966. Besides his wife June, he is survived by two sons, Page, Jr. and John, four grandchildren, and a sister. Memorials may be made in his name the Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, P.O. Box 1582, Spartanburg, SC 29304.