Roger Duane Munson

Roger Duane Munson was born Aug. 28, 1919 at Rice Lake, Minn., the son of Albert and Alice (Peterson) Munson.

He was baptized in infancy by the Rev. Swan Johnson at Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, and confirmed in his faith at this same church Oct. 16, 1932 by the Rev. Johnson.

Roger was united in marriage to Lois Adams Oct. 6, 1943 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, by the Rev. E. N. Seltz. Their 54 years together were blessed with the birth of three sons.

Roger and Lois made their home in Howard Lake where he began his career as an independent insurance agent forming the R. D. Munson Insurance Agency in Howard Lake, which he sold in 1979.

Roger received the merit award from the National Association of Mutual Insurance companies in 1975 and the Robert C. Seipp Service Award for his long and valued service to Mutual Insurance in Minnesota in 1994.

In 1987, Roger retired as secretary-treasurer of Unity Mutual Insurance Co. after 43 years of service. He had served as president of the Minnesota Association of Farm Mutual Insurance Companies with six years as director and five years as secretary-treasurer of the state association, director of four statewide insurance companies and a director of the Reinsurance Association of Minnesota.

At the time of his passing he still served as a director of the Farmers Home Group of Insurance Companies in Minneapolis.

Roger was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church, serving as president, treasurer, elder, finance board member and usher over the past 40 years. He supported the town of Howard Lake with many activities, and served as chairman of the Community Chest and a volunteer fireman for 14 years.

On Dec. 26, 1997 at the Buffalo Hospital, Roger was called to his eternal rest suddenly at the age of 78 years, three months and 28 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Alice Munson.

Roger is survived by his wife Lois of Howard Lake; three sons,, Allan and wife Donna Munson of Howard Lake, Randall and wife Sharon Munson of Rochester, and Timothy Munson of Howard Lake.

He is further survived by two brothers, Jerome Munson of Howard Lake and Vernon Munson of Cokato; two sisters, Eunice Lundeen and Lyla Matalas of Cokato; four grandsons, Aaron Munson, Corey Munson and wife Michele, all of Howard Lake, Russel Munson of Fridley, and Scott Munson of Rochester; two granddaughters, Jennifer and husband Matthew Field of Eden Prairie, and Sheryl and husband Jeremy Vold of Fridley; and a host of relatives and friends.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake. Services were Dec. 29, 1997 at St. James Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Nirva and the Rev. G. C. Michael officiating. The organist was Diane Johnson.

Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandchildren and their spouses, Aaron Munson, Jennifer and Matthew Field, Corey and Michele Munson, Russel Munson, Sheryl and Jeremy Vold and Scott Munson.

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