Carl E. Muir, II of Aurora, Colorado, September 9, 1959 – December 13, 2019

Carl E. Muir II, age 60 years old of Aurora, Colorado, formerly of Royalton, passed away December 13, 2019 as a result of an automobile accident in Arkansas.
Carl was born September 9, 1959 in Carbondale, IL to Carl E. and Doris (Fox) Muir, Sr.
He was married, at 27 years old, to Tracy L. Wright in Golden, Colorado on April 18, 1987.  She survives.
He is also survived by sons, Carson Russell Muir and Carl E. Muir III, daughter-in-law Ryann Muir III, a grandson Garyson Grizzly Muir all of Aurora, CO; a sister Marsha Harriss, a brother, Lane Muir, a nephew, Tracy Harriss and a niece, Chelsea Muir all of Royalton, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dawn Muir and a niece, Cassie Muir, a brother-in-law, Dexter Harriss and a niece, Wendy Harriss all of Royalton.
Carl spent his life’s work in civil and environmental reclamation construction industry as an independent contractor. Carl has been self-employed for 30 years.  He and a business partner along with his wife built a successful road and bridge construction company that was operating across the western United States, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, numerous municipalities and multiple military bases. He was the head of marine and land division services for the Deep-Water Horizon BP Oil Spill Disaster of 2010 out of St. Bernard Parish, LA.
More recently Carl has repaired waterways in Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.  He was just getting started to complete the largest project of his professional career over the Red River.  For the last 14 years Mr. Ben Mason has been beside Carl as his right-hand man and become part of our family.
He was a graduate of Zeigler-Royalton High School and received an Associates Degree from Rend Lake College in Mining Technology along with numerous construction related certifications
Carl loved hunting with his son CJ, loved working on cars that was passed on to his son Carson, loved playing golf with all his buddies, traveling the US, fishing, working, and drink Budweiser with whoever would join him. He loved his family and his friends and would go out of his way to help anyone.
 Carl was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, boss, partner, coach, conversationalist, even stranger. There was not a person he would not stop and talk to.
 Funeral services for Mr. Muir will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the Royalton Baptist Church.  Burial will be at the St. Mary’s Orthodox cemetery east of Royalton.  Visiting hours are after 10:00 a.m., Saturday at the church until the time of the services.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Mr. Muir are suggested to the family (Carl E. Muir) for travel expenses incurred during this trying time.  Envelopes will be available at the church or may be mailed to Vantrease Funeral Home, P.O. Box 111, Zeigler, IL 62999.  Vantrease Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.  Visit for more information and to sign the online register book.