Richard W. Munson, 88, of Constantine, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 at his home. He was born in White Pigeon on April 25, 1928, a son of Paul and Dorothy (Lawson) Munson. Richard attended Constantine Schools. On Sept. 26, 1948, he married Lois M. Leister at the Messiah Lutheran Church parsonage in Constantine. Richard retired from the White Pigeon Paper Company in 1992 after 45 years of working in the maintenance department. Also, he previously worked at the Constantine Creamery. Richard enjoyed bowling in the Three Rivers Senior League, going to casinos, traveling, fishing, and gardening.
He is survived by his daughter Linda (James) Straley of Three Rivers, daughter Penny (Mike) Conklin of Constantine, son Terry (Sandy) Munson of Three Rivers; grandchildren, James Powell, Angela Prichard, Jeremiah Powell, Jason Munson, Joshua Munson, Kylie Bowen and Christina Conklin; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Bernard (Helen) Munson of White Pigeon; sister Patricia (Steve) Woltman of Camas, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, grandson Shane Powell, and brother William Munson.
Relatives and friends will be received Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. at Eley Funeral Home, Constantine where Religious Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Pastor Paul Booko of Riverside Church will officiate. Interment will be in Constantine Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund or to West Michigan Cancer Center. Online messages may be left for the family at

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