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Terry Wayne Munyon was born May 4, 1955 at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas to Chet and Norma (Reed) Munyon. They moved back to Kellerton, Iowa in the summer of 1956 and Terry's brother Rodney Vane was born later that year.
Terry grew up surrounded by his aunts and uncles, spending the majority of his time with cousins, who have always been more like siblings to him. The families did everything together, from family vacations, to lake parties and have always been there for one another through the best of times and through the worst of times. Terry's family hosted Pedro G. Muchado, a foreign exchange student from Brazil, while in high school. The wild and crazy stories that came from Pedro's stay with the Munyon family in Kellerton are endless. Terry searched for Pedro for years after and they were able to reconnect and have stayed in contact since.
Terry graduated from Grand Valley High School in Kellerton, Iowa in 1973. He went on to attend Southwestern Community College and graduated with an associate of applied science degree in electronic technology. He went to college during the day and worked for the family business at night. Terry's love for learning was endless and he was never not adding to his knowledge. His closest friends and the boys that work for him say that if you want to know something or you want to know how to do it right, you always called Terry Munyon.
When Terry was younger his family owned Powers Produce and in 1961 bought the Kellerton Hardware Store, which is now Munyon Plumbing and Heating, a fourth generation family business. Terry served as the President of the Iowa Geothermal Heat Pump Association and helped lobby for renewable energy, specifically ground source heat, at the Iowa State Capitol.
Terry's family purchased one of the very first Sun Valley Lake lots, where they had to cut their own path to to get to the water. The lake was a family affair with all of the aunts and uncles, cousins, and endless friends. There was a lot of swimming, water skiing, hog roasts and of course, partying. Growing up, Terry's family also camped at the Iowa State Fair which is a tradition he passed on to his own family. He often talked about one of his favorite memories of growing up at the Iowa State Fair was sitting on the wooden fence in the campgrounds. He enjoyed every minute of the fair, from the food, to the ice cold beer and we don't think he missed a single one.
Terry married Debbie Ann (Straight) Munyon on July 4th, 1980 and daughter Patricia JoAnn (PJ), age 5, stood right between them during the entire ceremony. Their son Matthew Wayne Munyon was born in 1982 and made their family complete.
Terry and Debbie were childhood friends, growing up in the same town and spending all of those years together as friends, and young hippies. When he was younger, Terry was shy, but he finally got the nerve and asked Debbie to marry him on three different occasions, and each time she said no. After some time, Debbie asked him to marry her and the rest is history. They spent 43 years together as a couple and eventually earned the title of old hippies.
Terry enjoyed riding his motorcycle and always said there was only ever one color of Harley for him to own - black, "because the other colors were for other people." Terry never missed a ride with family and friends and made many trips to Sturgis, South Dakota, most often traveling out in a day, staying a day to party, and coming home the next. He never hauled his bike to Sturgis, he always rode it hard and fast, and all of those who traveled with him had better be able to keep up. Terry never met a stranger and had friends everywhere he went. He had a story to share with everyone.
Terry enjoyed Friday night pizza night at the Shed and hosting a great Halloween party. He loved a large strong cup of coffee (he didn't get the nickname Turbo for nothing), a spicy bloody mary and top shelf tequila. He said to never open a second bottle, but somehow always managed to do just that. He loved participating in the local county parades and having a truck load of children to help him throw out the candy. Terry was always looking for a good concert and probably attended hundreds in his lifetime. He loved music and loved it even more if it was loud. He passed down the love for concerts and music to his family, especially his two kids. For years Terry has had a race car or two being built or repaired in his shop. He was the race car drivers biggest supporter and never missed a race.
As Terry got close to semi retirement he and Debbie purchased a big beautiful RV and began traveling the United States together. He didn't care if he stayed in a fancy campground or in the Walmart parking lot as long as he was traveling somewhere new with Debbie.
One of Terry's biggest honors was being asked to officiate a wedding. He officiated his first and only wedding in the summer of 2020.
Terry loved his family and his friends and he gave the biggest and best hugs. He was an amazing husband and father. He was a second Dad to many, sharing his knowledge, his philosophies, his stories with each and every one. He was the very best Grandpa and his two granddaughters Olivia and Sophia, were the light of his life.
Terry worked hard and he played even harder.
He was generous beyond measure.
Terry passed away March 17, 2021 at the Ringgold County Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws Pat Straight, Monte Straight, Chet Waller; and brother-in-law Jerry Straight.
He is survived by his wife Debbie of Kellerton; children PJ Munyon West of Kellerton, Matthew Munyon of Kellerton; granddaughters Olivia and Sophia West of Kellerton; brother Rod (Leeanne) Munyon of Mesa, Arizona; brother-in-law Dan (Pam) Straight of Kellerton; sisters-in-law Randie (Dave) Ross of Kellerton, Teresa (Dave) Pearce of Mt Ayr, Susan (Joe) Becker of Diagonal and Barb Waller of Tingley; many amazing relatives and an endless number of friends.
"New bar." Terry Wayne Munyon
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.
Terry had a way with people and life. Great mentor, friend and leader. In his words...One Kool Kat!
Randy and Marsha Watts
Randy E Watts Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM
My heart aches for all of you. Terry was an awesome man. Thoughts and prayers for all his family and friends today and the days to follow.
Brenda Osborn Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM
We feel very lucky to have met Terry. Though we only knew him a short time, he was the kind of guy we immediately felt like we had been friends for years. He was a very special man - the kind we wish we could keep around forever. May his spirit live on through his family and friends.
Mike and Mary Mahoney Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM
This world will definitely suffer from the loss of this man as he had a way of making everybody feel loved, the whole Munyon family has that ability. Music, cold drinks, racing, motorcycles and hugs are hopefully a daily thing in heaven, as he and Chet and Ken will be together once again.
Sherri and Rod Adams Mar 23 2021 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. Terry was a great guy. He is always had the time to speak to you no matter what. He will be deeply missed by all. The last few months have had to be so devastating to all of you.
Debra Saville Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM
Keeping you all in my prayers at this time. Terry was a great guy with a terrific sense of humor. He will be surely missed my everyone that knew him.
Doug Schuster Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Debbie and family, Sorry we have lost our neighbor across the road. Terry sure will be busy when he crosses over visiting. Seems we have lost too many this year from our area.
WILLIAM AND LINDA J. SMITH Mar 21 2021 12:00 AM
Our sincere condolences to
family and friends. Sorry for
the great loss.
Linda Stuart Gerrard, Donna Norman, Marilyn Parkhurst, Diana Cervetti Your cousins
Linda Stuart Gerrard Mar 21 2021 12:00 AM
Very sorry for your loss. Terry was always willing to share his ideas, energy and humor.
Larry Leliefeld, Geothermal Eco Options, Inc. Mar 21 2021 12:00 AM
We are sorry to learn of Terry's death. We look forward to seeing him alive again in the resurrection. John 5:28, 29
Jim & Donna Adams Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM