Raymond Munns

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Raymond Guy Munns, 95, of Pomeroy died from cardiogenesis on July 29, 2011, at the St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Lewiston. Ray, 95, was born June 11, 1916, to Guy and Eva Dodson Munns, in Touchet. He was the first of 11 children. Ray lived an energetic, committed, accomplished, integrity filled, and loving 95 years as a family man — husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great-grandfather and friend, World War II Marine, professional man, contributor to civic life and fun-loving golfer, card player and ester.

Ray’s early years were spent in the farming communities of Touchet-Gardena, where he spent much time on the farm working with his father and his brothers. In Ray’s own words, "During my teen years, I seemed to always have a good time, usually with escapades familiar with all teenagers." In 1935 Ray graduated from Touchet High School. He graduated from Beauty College in 1939 and became a licensed cosmetologist.

Ray married Shirley Rae Dixon of Pomeroy on Oct. 31, 1942. Ray described their 53 years together as a "long, happy and loving marriage."

Ray joined the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1940. World War II began in Dec. 1941. Ray spent the next four years in the Pacific Theater spending time in some of the most vicious battles of the war, including Guam and Iwo Jima. It was on Iwo Jima that Ray learned that his 18-year-old brother Ivan, a medic in the Marines, had been killed shortly before Ray arrived on Iwo. Ray spent most of his time in the Marines as a staff sergeant in the Combat Engineer Regiment in charge of organizing and training his section. He was discharged in November 1946.

In 1958, Ray began his entrepreneurial career in earnest when he bought Obenland Insurance Agency in Pomeroy. He owned the insurance agency until 1979, when he sold it.

Ray’s long list of community service includes, but is not limited to, the following: past president of the Jaycees; past commander of the American Legion; past master of the Evening Star Lodge; past high priest of the Evergreen Chapter No. 10; 61-year life member Elks of Lewiston.

Those preceding Ray in death include his beloved wife, Shirley Rae Dixon Munns; his daughter, Ruby Layne DeWitz; his mother and father; three sisters and three brothers. Survivors include three grandchildren, Dhebi DeWitz, Jenny DeWitz and Joseph DeWitz; four grandchildren, Danika Walter, Steven Jensen, Nick Lonien and Ruby DeWitz; one great-grandson, Ronan Walter; one sister, Janice Peppley; three brothers, Harvey Munns, Delbert Munns and Kay Munns; and 65 nieces and nephews.

A service conducted by the Masons will be at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that any contributions in Ray’s honor be made to the Shiners’ Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA. 99210-2472 Attn: Memorial Dept.

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