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Donald Paul Munger

December 1, 1919 ~ September 14, 2012 (age 92)

   Donald Paul Munger, 92, of Quincy, formerly of rural Carthage/Plymouth passed away at 10:48 pm Friday (September 14, 2012) in his home after complication from a stroke in March 2012.

   Paul was born December 1, 1919 to George Seth and Lucy Mae Boyd Munger in Macomb.  After the death of his mother, he spent 6 years in Macomb Children's Orphanage run by Josie Westfall.  At age 12, he was taken in by Ezra Lee and Minnie Grace Reed Boyd of rural Plymouth to help on the farm for the summer.  When it was time to return Paul to the Orphanage that fall, Minnie couldn't bear to send Paul back to the orphanage.  Two years later, his bother, John also came from the orphanage to live with the Boyds.

   Paul attended Macomb Grade Schools and Oak Grove School and graduated from 8th grade.  Paul later attended Machinists school on the GI bill.

  Paul joined the US Navy and served in the African Theater, Iwo Jima, Hiroshima, Okinawa and Japan as 1st Class Boatswains Mate.  He loved to tell stories of his time in service.  Paul was honored to be on the Great River Honor Flight Mission 2.

   After returning home from WWII, Paul bought the Charlie Evans farm in St. Mary's Township, just a mile from the Boyd's farm and on March 7, 1947, Paul married Mary Margaret CaCa (pronounced KayKee) at Madison Park Christian Church in Quincy.  Together they farmed until retiring in 1977.  After renting out their farm ground, they traveled to Minnesota to fish.  They soon spent summers in Minnesota and winters in Donna, TX and made many lifelong friends along the way.  They traveled to Pennsylvania, Idaho, Germany, France, Switzerland and various other destinations.  In addition to traveling, Paul enjoyed fishing, visiting friends and family and attending auctions.

   Paul was a member and Past member of Plymouth Masonic Lodge  No. 286 until its closing and then a member of Denver Lodge No. 464 and a 50 year member of Valley of Quincy Scottish Rite.  He and his wife Mary were Past Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron of Plymouth Order of Eastern Star and served on the board of Plymouth Rainbow Girls.

   In addition to farming, Paul did custom baling, measured ground for 10 years for Agriculture Specification and Conservation Service (A.S.C.S.) and sold and built silos for S. J. Hoffman and Sons for a short time.  Paul was a lifelong member of Hancock Co. Farm Bureau and served as board president.  Paul also served on the Interstate Producers Livestock Association Board.

   Paul is survived by daughter, Margaret Jean (Jimmie) Kelley, Council, ID.  Her family Granddaughter Mary Jeanette (Richard) Friel, Great grandsons Kaleb Michael Friel, Keegan Mathew Friel, Kooper Marcus Friel, Granddaughter Karin Annette Wall (Riley Hall), Great grandchildren Haillie Nicole Wilkinson, Mikaid Porter Wall, Kassidi Paige Wall and Jackson Jay Wall and Farrah, Lexi, Spencer and Dylan Hall.  Grandsons Jimmie Dale (Shiela) Kelley, Jr.  Great granddaughter Samantha Lynn French, Great Great grandson Rexx Jacob Olson, Great grandchildren Shiana Jean and Dalton Dale Kelley, Grandson Thomas Joseph Kelley (Catherine Carlile) Great granddaughter Amber Lee (Christopher) Butcher Great Great grandsons Marshal Thomas and Christopher Joseph Butcher.  Great grandson Joshua Thomas Kelley and Great granddaughter Jessica Lou Kittler, Grandson Curtis Eugene (Susan) Kelley Great grandson Jake and Great granddaughter Kari Jackson.

   Daughter, Betty Pauline (Gerald) Ulrich of Quincy and her family Grandson David (Melinda) Ulrich, Great grandson Jered Alan Ulrich and Great granddaughter Natalie Noel Ulrich and Granddaughter Jacqueline Joann (David) Tournear and Great granddaughters Bridget Abigail Martin and Christina Sarver.

   Son, Donald Melvin (Lona) Munger of Storm Lake, IA, and his family Granddaughter Elizabeth Ann ( Hans) Greenwald, granddaughter Barbara Sue (Otto)  Boetcher, Great granddaughter McKenna Boetcher and Granddaughter Julie Kay (Christopher) Smith.  Grandson Aaron J. (Angela) Yender, Great granddaughters Melanie Madeline and Lillian Joelene, Granddaughter Ann M. (Nathan) Johanson, Great grandson Gunner Clinton and Great granddaughter Isabella Kathleen.

   Son, Ronald Dale Munger (Adele Pullins) of Macomb, IL and his family granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Munger (James Hull) Great granddaughter Kelsey Marie Munger, Grandson CW2 Daniel Lee (Mika) Munger currently stationed in Afghanistan and Great granddaughter Madeline Grace Munger, Granddaughter Angela Jean (Quinn) Mayhew Great grandsons Nicholas Eugene Mayhew and Charles Quincy Mayhew.  Grandson James Paul Munger, Granddaughter Heaven Lea Rachel Munger.

   Daughter, Joyce Ann (Terry) Hollenberg, Quincy, Grandson Douglas Richard (Nancy Kraft), Granddaughter Amelia Diane (Ben) Hobbs, Great grandson Logan Hobbs and Great granddaughter Hailee Hobbs.

   Paul is also survived by a brother Ivan George (Isabelle) McCullough of Macomb and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his constant and faithful companion, Miss Kitty, AKA, "The Queen".

   Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, December 12, 1995, a son Howard Richard, May 4, 1971, an infant son and grandson Christopher Melvin Munger and Gary Mathew Munger, sisters Muriel Atanasoff, Frances Olson and brothers, Roy Munger and John Munger.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 am in the St. Mary's Baptist Church near Plymouth with Pastor Evan Horner officiating.

   Visitation will be held Tuesday morning from 10:00 until 10:45 in the St. Mary's Baptist Church.  Denver Masonic Lodge No. 464 will conduct masonic services at 10:45 at the church.

   Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery with military honors by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail.

   In lieu of flowers, Paul requested memorials be made to the St. Mary's Cemetery for perpetual care, Great River Honor Flight or Blessing Hospice.
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