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Duane L. Muns, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at his home.  The son of Fred C. & Anna (Nietzel) Muns, he was born on April 12, 1930 in Montcalm Township.  After graduating high school, Duane proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany.  He later attended Michigan Agricultural College.

On March 31, 1951, in Stanton, he married Diane K. Reese and together they  raised six children and enjoyed 65 years of marriage until Diane passed away on September 23, 2016.  For 37 years Duane worked in the tool room at Federal Mogul in Greenville. Another passion of Duane’s was working on his family farm and in retirement he and Diane happily left the cold of “The Mitten” to winter in Apache Junction, Arizona for 19 years.

They had been members of the Turk Lake United Methodist Church since 1953, where Duane served for many decades as the church organist.  He enjoyed farming, fishing, cutting wood, golfing and playing baseball.  Even in his 80’s Duane was still playing league softball! Duane was active in 4-H, was a scout leader and tried not to miss any of his children’s many activities.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Hilbert Muns;  his parents; his wife, Diane Muns;  a sister and brother-in-law Lenore & Bob Schenden; and two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Lorraine Reese and Lorraine Helena Reese.   Surviving are his children, Joe & Sue Muns of Sidney, John & Deb Muns of Greenville, Fred Muns of Hubbardston, Sandy & Jim Gardner of Greenville, Chuck & Ana Muns of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and Kathy & Kevin Doorn of Greenville;  grandchildren, Tracie & Richard Church, Ariana Gonzalez, Scott & Amy Hall, Mike & BreAnn Muns, Johana Lazo, Alicia Gardner &   Karen Michael, Emily & Dan Wilhelm, Will Muns, Nick Muns, Ben Gardner, and Leslie & Jake Sejat;  twelve great-grandchildren;  brothers-in-law,  John L. & Jan Reese of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Thomas H. Reese of Stanton; and many nieces and nephews. There were also many others that called him “Dad” and were welcomed into the family.

Private family services will be held and burial will take place at East Montcalm Cemetery.  Instead of flowers, Duane would have appreciated contributions in his memory to the Turk Lake United Methodist Church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Duane’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.MichiganCremation.com  Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.

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  1. Fritz and Pat Laux on December 10, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    One of the “good” guys. Loved him and Diane so very much. Many happy memories of our time in Az with this special couple. So sorry for the family’s loss. Hugs Fritz and Pat



  2. Donna Sperry on December 11, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Turk Lake UMC sends all their love and heartfelt prayers with great gratitude for his many years of serve to his church and love of all.



  3. Randy Klepper on December 11, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Always loved his smile, what a great friend he was and always enjoyed visiting with him. He made my Brother and I so happy for about 30 years sharing his property with us deer hunting. Sure will miss that guy.



  4. Duane Hansen on December 11, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    My sympathy goes out to all the Muns family who always treated me like family. Duane and Diane were like second parents to me as I was always over to their house hangin out with John and everyone else. Also Duane was my Sunday school teacher. God bless all of you and your Mom and Dad in heaven. From Duane Hansen.



  5. Marv Christensen on December 12, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    It was with sorrow that I heard that my life long and best friend had passed away. With Diane then Pat then Duane gone, I remain the last of the foursome that grew up together, double dated before we got married a week apart. We got drafted into the army and got separated but our wives stayed together until we got back to our homes. There were many Sidney baseball games, cold beers, and fun dances and later nineteen winters in sunny Arizona living next door .



  6. Ron and Kathy DeGraw on December 12, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Keeping everyone in our prayers during this time, but also knowing that he is celebrating with Jesus right now. Be was a wonderful man. We are blessed to have known him



  7. Connie Doorn Stephenscjdoorn@gmail.com on December 12, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Such a sweet, gentle and caring man. He loved his family and enjoyed being with them. He was a great conversationalist and enjoyed many friends. So glad that I got to know him and his dear wife.



  8. Judy Christensen Pennington on December 13, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Joe, John, Fred, Sandy, Kathy and Chuck, Your mom and dad were the very first family I can ever remember knowing. Thank you for the memories.
    We were (are) blessed to have our folks in our sixties, but never long enough.



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