Dennis E. Muonio, 75

Dennis Edwin Muonio, age 75, of Battle Ground, WA, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at his home, surrounded by many of his loved ones.

Dennis was born Oct. 21, 1944, in Gackle, ND, to Edwin and Florence Muonio, the oldest of 10 siblings growing up on the family farm.

He moved to Minnesota after graduating from high school, and was united in marriage to Elsie Niska July 4, 1964. He and Elsie raised their 11 children in Howard Lake.

Dennis enjoyed his daily work as a mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel, in 1988; and his grandson, Cody LaFave, in 2013. His dear wife, Elsie, also preceded him in death in 2014.

Dennis moved to Washington State in 2016, and was married to Gretchen Ek the following year.

He succumbed to prostate cancer with a firm faith that a better home was awaiting him in heaven.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Gretchen; and 10 children: Mark (Kathy) of Anoka, Sharon (Don) Oberg of Maple Grove, David (Cindy) of Yacolt, WA, Sarah (Chris) Schanus of Howard Lake, Carl (Brandee) of Watkins, Linda LaFave of Sauk Rapids, and Andrew (Robin), James, Elaine, and Cindy (Kent) Kivari, all of Battle Ground, WA; 30 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his siblings: Jeanette (Dale) Bruckelmyer, Darlene (Gary) Ek, Jim (Rita), Dottie (Bill) Lipe, Dede (Scott) Rosenlund, Roger (Phyllis), Karen (Steve) Lipe, Bonnie (Larry) Hendrickson, and Brenda (Keith) Johnston; many nieces and nephews; and countless Christian friends.

Funeral services took place Thursday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at Old Apostolic Lutheran Church of Heisson in Battle Ground, WA.

There was a viewing at the church Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interment will take place in the cemetery of Old Apostolic Lutheran Church of Kingston this week.

Arrangements are with Layne’s Battle Ground Funeral, Battle Ground, WA, 98604.

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