Lawrence E. Munkel

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 1:42 pm

Lawrence E. Munkel, 93, of Decorah, died Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Country Winds Manor/Assisted Living in Cresco. Memorial mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 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 begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, two hours before the service, at Fjelstul Funeral Home. Organist is Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor and soloist is Cindy Schissel (“You Are Mine”). Hymns are “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”    

Lawrence Ernest Munkel was born April 3, 1922, near Chester, 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 Dec. 30, 1947, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Chester. 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.

Lawrence is survived by his wife, Elaine; four children: Ken (Diane) Munkel of Des Moines, Kathleen (Denny) McGinn of Afton, Minn., Marie (Michael) Morrison of Palm Harbor, Fla. 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.

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

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

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