Floyd Beryl Munson, age 97, of Howard Lake, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.
Floyd was born Sept. 13, 1914, on a farm near Buttzville, ND, to Ray E. and Eunice (Rustad) Munson. His family lived briefly in the North Dakota towns of Plaza and Sanish, before moving to Glenwood, MN when Floyd was 6 years old.
Floyd graduated from Glenwood High School.
He was united in marriage to Lillian Bowen Aug. 15, 1934, in Dassel. The couple settled in Howard Lake, where Floyd and his father founded the Munson Feed Company in 1935.
At about this same time, Floyd started a band; Floyd Munson and His Orchestra, which included his brothers, Eddie and Vernon.
Floyd was involved in many community activities in Howard Lake. He was a volunteer fireman and a bank director, as well as a member of the school board, the Sportsmen’s Club, and the Howard Lake Businessmen’s Association.
A longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Howard Lake, Floyd served as an elder, trustee, Sunday School superintendent, and teacher. He was also a faithful member of the church choir.
Floyd was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling. He was a master woodworker, making beautiful creations for his family and friends. One of the highlights of his life was making a wooden cross for a youth in each of the 50 states.
Music was a big part of Floyd’s life. He enjoyed playing accordion for his grandchildren, and led the weekly sing-a-long at the care center for many years.
Floyd is survived by his children; Beryl (Carolyn) Munson of Medina, Cleo (Robert) Friederichsen of Buffalo, Robert (Lou Ann) Munson of Howard Lake, Mary (Dennis) Reiners of Mitchell, SD, Kristen (Joel) Pettit of Howard Lake, and Ray (Patricia) Munson of Waverly; grandchildren; Mark Friederichsen, Carla (John) Hausladen, Stephen (Lisa) Friederichsen, Philip (Jodi) Munson, Paul (Elisabeth) Munson, Karen (Sam) Mammano, Eric (Margaret) Munson, Vanessa Brandt, Amy (Dan) Yager, Jennifer Larson, William (Lisa) Munson, Deborah (Justin) Badini, Valerie (Nathan) Johnson, Jessica Munson, and David (Leah) Pettit; and 26 great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by his sister, Valoris Ferrell of Albuquerque, NM; sisters-in-law Jean Bowen, of Glenwood, Shirley Westphal of Howard Lake, and Verna (Maurice) Kellander of Granada; nephews, nieces, and many friends.
Floyd was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Lillian; parents Ray E. and Eunice; and brothers Eddie and Vernon.
Funeral services took place Saturday, May 26 at First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake with the Revs. Ken Ribe and Dwight Chamberlain officiating. Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, May 25 at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, which handled the arrangements.