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Munkel, Lawrence Ernest 1922 - 2015


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 4/10/2015 at 07:44:22

U.S. Veteran
Lawrence E. Munkel, age 93, of Decorah, IA, died on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Country Winds Manor/Assisted Living in Cresco, Iowa.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Private Family Inurnment will be in St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, two hours before the service, at Fjelstul Funeral Home.

Lawrence Ernest Munkel was born April 3, 1922 near Chester, Iowa, the son of Walter and Helen (Valenta) Munkel. Lawrence attended the Lime Springs public schools and graduated from Lime Springs High School. He served overseas in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer S.S. Crosley.

Lawrence was united in marriage to Elaine Meyer on December 30, 1947 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Chester, Iowa. This union was blessed with five children: Kenneth, Kathleen, Marie, Steven and Robert.

They moved to Decorah in 1954, where he established the construction firm of Lawrence Munkel Building and Contracting, and continued with his firm until he retired in 1985. It was taken over by his son Steve.

Lawrence was a member of the Elks, V.F.W., St. Benedict Catholic Church and Silvercrest Golf and Country Club. He was an enthusiastic sportsman and thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked to go bowling and golfing, loved to play cards and get together with friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son Robert in 1966; and four brothers: Irvin, Stanley, Donald and Eugene.

Lawrence is survived by his wife Elaine; four children: Ken (Diane) Munkel of Des Moines, IA, Kathleen (Denny) McGinn of Afton, MN, Marie (Michael) Morrison of Palm Harbor, FL and Steve (Julie) Munkel of Decorah; seven grandchildren: Colin McGinn, Maiti McGinn, Erica Munkel, Olivia Munkel, Laura Munkel, Christopher Bracken and Craig Bracken; two great-grandchildren: Sadie Bracken and Noah Bracken; and one brother Harold (Betty) Munkel of Lime Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to WMC Hospice, 901 Montgomery Street, Decorah, IA 52101.

Source: Fjelstul Funeral Home database

St. Benedict Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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