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Harold L. MUNK

Dell Rapids Cemetery - Dell Rapids Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

Harold Munk dies at 66; enjoyed helping neighbors

Dell Rapids – Harold L. Muck was not only a gentle man, but also a gentleman.

He was quick to give a hand or do a good deed for a neighbor or friend, and was just as quick to shun any forms of praise or thanks for his actions.

"He was a humble and kind person," said Munk's wife, Gail. "When people needed assistance he gave it and he was surprised when people wanted to return the favor".

Munk, 66, died Monday, Oct. 23, 1995, at his home.

Some of the simple things that Munk did included helping to fix flat tires, offering people rides into town, and picking up the newspaper for some of the older citizens in his church.

Munk's daughter, Patricia Munk-Goldhammer of Plano, Texas, said "He was a gentleman. He'd open doors and carry your bags for you".

"He was always very welcoming," said Munk's daughter, Judy Munk-England of Moorhead, Minn. "He always had a bright smile and was very gentle".

Munk's son, Steven of Dell Rapids said that there were no alternatives for his father.

"He fulfilled all the basic human needs of love, kindness, and gentleness," he said.

According to his son, Thomas of Austin, Minn., Munk never met a stranger.

"He talked to everybody," Thomas Munk said. "In fact, we used to tease him about how many people he had talked to."

Stuart Munk of Rosedale, Minn., said his father never did anything for his own personal gain.

"He was humble," he said.

Munk was born Jan. 22, 1929, in Dell Rapids. He grew up and attended school there and was graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1947. He then served in the Army, during the Korean War. After his discharged he returned to the Dell Rapids area to farm.

He married Gail Brown on Aug. 29, 1954, in Dell Rapids. They lived on a farm near Dell Rapids.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids, where he served as deacon, trustee, and head usher for several years. He had also been a member o the George A. Fitzgerald American Legion Post for 35 years.

In addition to his wife and children, survivors include 11 grandchildren; his mother, Edna Munk-McKee of Dell Rapids; and two brothers; Eldon and Milton, both of Dell Rapids.

Services begin at 2 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Prayer service begins at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Sioux Valley Hospice Program in Sioux Falls or to the Dell Rapids American Legion Flag Etiquette Program.

Contributed on 4/24/09 by dellsfig68
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Submitted: 4/24/09 • Approved: 4/27/09 • Last Updated: 8/14/15 • R7469-G0-S3

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