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Chester V. "Chet" Munyon

Chester Vane Munyon was born December 22nd, 1931 to Merle Mary Munyon in Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa. He graduated from Kellerton High School in 1950. He worked for Powers Produce through high school and after graduation.

In 1951 he joined the United States Air Force in support of the Korean War effort. On February 14, 1954 he married Norma Jean Reed in Kellerton, Iowa. During his service they lived in Del Rio, Texas for 32 months. While in Del Rio, a son, Terry, was born in 1955. Post Chet's discharge from the service, they returned to Kellerton, and purchased and operated Powers Produce. After their return to Iowa, another son, Rodney, was born in 1956. In 1961, Chet and Norma, partnered with Charlie and Helen Reed, purchased and operated the now 4th generation family business, the Kellerton Hardware, now Munyon Plumbing and Heating. In 1984, they built a new building and added the Munyon Mini Mart to the business.

After they retired from the family business, they started CNM restorations. They were able to travel the United States painting McDonald's playground equipment. He absolutely loved to travel, and traveled to every state in the union - except Hawaii. They also traveled to Mexico and all the Canadian Provinces. It seemed there was not a two lane road that Chet did not travel. He was infamous for his "spur of moment" day trips or vacations for his family. Chet and Norma visited Arizona for several months every year from 1975 to 2006. Norma passed away on September 16, 2012.

Chet continued to enjoy his life sharing it with Wanda Adams. They traveled together constantly whether short drives through the country side or extended travel, most recently to the East coast, Niagara Falls, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Wyoming and Arizona. They also traveled annually to Arizona and wintered for the past three years.

Chet was a Boy Scout leader, a custodian in both the Grand Valley and Mount Ayr Community School Districts, a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the American Legion and a strong supporter of his community. Chet initiated and organized putting up the flags on Memorial Day for the Maple Row cemetery. Chet embodied life and embraced each and every day with vigor. To state that he was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather would be an understatement. He was the patriarch and foundation of his family. Chet was a wealth of knowledge, and could be found at any given time reading to increase said knowledge. He knew every plant in the forest and every star in sky.

Chet passed away on January 18th, 2016 while at his Arizona home. He was preceded in death by his wife Norma Jean, his mother Merle, his father-in-law Charlie Reed and his mother-in-law Helen Reed.

Those left to cherish his memory include Wanda Adams, sons Terry Munyon and wife Debbie of Kellerton, Rodney Munyon and wife Leeanne of Mesa AZ; grandchildren P.J. West and husband Mathew of Kellerton, Matthew Munyon of Kellerton, Sara Bautz and husband Brett of Granite Canon, WY, Amanda Munyon of Chandler AZ ; and great-grandchildren Olivia and Sophia West of Kellerton; numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.

  • Memorial Service

    January 28, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

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So sorry to hear of the passing of Chet Munyon. He was always so kind to me when I worked at the hospital, and when he came to the Benton suppers. You have my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Linda Barber - Benton, IA - Friend   February 04, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all of the family.
He was a wonderful man, and will be missed.

Posted by Richard & Rose Ross - Loveland, CO - Family   January 30, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Rod & Terry - Thoughts, prayers and so many memories are of you and your families right now. I can''t think of your dad without smiling. He and your mom visited me when they were on the road for work many years ago - we toured the Hershey Chocolate Factory in Pennsylvania together. I was living a long way from home and I can''t tell you how much I appreciated them for taking the time to do that! I miss them both.

Posted by Brenda (Woollums) Lillard - Littleton, CO   January 28, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Terry and family,
Extending our sympathy for your loss.
Kellerton has lost a great personality.

Posted by Ron and Reva Rauch - Leon, IA   January 28, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Chet was quite a guy. I have known him a long time. And he knew my mom and dad very well. The last time I saw him he was dancing to our music at the Mt. Ayr Legion Hall. Will miss him. Prayers to you, Terry and Rod and all your family.

Posted by Linda (Nichols) Burton - Lamoni, IA - Friend   January 27, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Rod and Terry, sorry for your loss.

Posted by Connie Shields-McCarl - Des Moines, IA - school friend   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Leave a condolence or a memory.

Posted by Connie Shields-McCarl - Des Moined, IA - School friend   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Chet was such a good friend and always happy and wanted to heiress or visit because he was on on the oniry side! So proud to have enjoyed his life... His smile and bubbling personality will be missed...

Posted by Diane Drake - Mount Ayr - Friend   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

On behalf of the Iowa Geothermal Association board and members, we want to extend our condolences to you and your family. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace.

Posted by Iowa Geothermal Association - Des Moines, IA - Business Associate   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. So many memories, laughs, n stories. Chet toughed so many, and those will carry on forever. Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Many friends by your sides
at this difficult time.
Brenda Osborn,
Rod n Rhett Boles

Posted by Brenda Osborn n Rod Boles - Lamoni, IA - friends   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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