Irvin Munkel, 97, Lime Springs

Irvin Munkel, age 97, of Lime Springs, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, where he has lived since April 8, 2011.

Irvin W. Munkel was born on February 18, 1914 at Charles City, Iowa, the son of Walter G. and Helen C. (Valenta) Munkel. As a small boy, Irvin moved with his family to Lime Springs where he attended school. While in school, Irvin was a good basketball and baseball player. Following graduation from high school, Irvin and his father did custom baling throughout Iowa and Nebraska.

On December 27, 1941, Irvin was united in marriage to Roberta Cook at Osage, Iowa. They lived in Iowa, although they spent time in Nebraska building houses for the Army. In 1944, Irvin was drafted in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1946. Irvin returned home following the service and spent most of the remainder of his life doing construction.

Irvin liked to hunt and fish. He liked flowers and was well known for the size of his garden. He had the ability to make everyone laugh with his joke telling. Irvin had a big family and enjoyed spending every spare minute with them. He loved his children and his grandchildren and in later years, we dare not leave his great-grandchildren out of the picture.

Irvin is survived by his children and their spouses: Wayne (Mary Jo) of St. Louis, Mo., Jim of Huntley, Ill., Kevin (Julie) and Brian (Patti) all of Cresco, Iowa, Jon (Connie) of Lime Springs, Harriet (Robert) Pinger of Muncie, Ind., Judith (Bennett) Reischauer of Muscatine, Iowa and Helen Sutphin of Freeburg, Mo.; 31 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold (Betty) of Lime Springs and Lawrence (Elaine) of Decorah, Iowa.

Preceding Irvin in death were his parents; his wife, Roberta; one son, Kent; and three brothers, Donald, Stanley and Eugene.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco on Friday, April 29, 2011. Rev. Dennis Cahill officiated with the Conway Funeral Home assisting with the arrangements. The Lector was Wayne Munkel, the Gifts were carried to the altar by Kyleigh Munkel, Torrie Munkel and Mylissa Munkel, the Organist was Suzanne Ollendick and the Song Leader was Bootie Kapler. The Casket Bearers were Matt Munkel, Tanner Munkel, Nick Munkel, Jay Boesl, Craig Pinger, Jason Munkel, Laura Munkel, Eric Munkel and Adam Munkel.

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