Walter Gustav Munk, a longtime resident of Kettle Falls, passed away at his home on Feb. 14, 2014 at the age of 84. Walter was born on Nov. 18, 1929 in Plaza, the son of Rudolph and Dorothea (BliÂ¬esner) Munk.
Walter lived with his family in Plaza until 1934 when they moved to the Chewelah area. He graduated from JenÂ¬kins High School in 1948 and was drafted into the United States Army in 1951. Walter served during the Korean War until 1953 and was honorably discharged.
Upon returning home he attended Eastern Washington UniverÂ¬sity and graduated in 1957 with his Bachelorâ€™s Degree in EduÂ¬cation. He dedicated 25 years of teaching at West Valley Junior High School before retiring. Walter had an interest in fruit trees and purchased part of an orchard in Kettle Falls in 1988. He took great care of his fruit and for 25 years and supÂ¬plied the locals with wonderfully fresh peaches, apricots, cherÂ¬ries and apples.
Walter enjoyed being in the outdoors. He had a very strong work ethic and very few days went by that he couldnâ€™t be found spending time in his garden, manicuring his fruit trees or nurÂ¬turing his most favorite flower, the Dahlia.
Walter was a faithful member of the Grace Evangelical Free Church. He was also a member of the Alumni board for Eastern Washington University. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene Munk, Eddie Munk, Albert Munk, Clarence Munk; sisÂ¬ters, Irene Munk, Ruby Nussbaum and Dorothy Gunderson.
Walter is survived by his wife, Deanna Munk, Kettle Falls; son, Dwight Munk and wife Leigh, San Antonio, TX; daughters, Wendy Gildersleeve and husband, Joby, Kirkland; Merrelli Munk, Kirkland; sons, Nathan Munk, Leavenworth; Stuart Munk and wife, Wendy, Bothell; step-sons, Daryl Rogers and wife, Jennifer, Careywood, ID; Kevin Rogers and wife, Teri, AlÂ¬bany, OR; sister, Wanda Taft, Chewelah; brother, Wayne Munk and wife, Germaine, Berwick, LA; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Mr. Munk will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m., at the Grace Evangelical Free Church in Colville. Graveside service will follow at Meyers Falls Cemetery, Kettle Falls.
Memorial contribuÂ¬tions may be given to the Grace Evangelical Free Church or to the charity of oneâ€™s choice.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.