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Galen M. 'Gus' Munsinger

Published on -10/2/2013, 11:00 AM

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Galen M. “Gus” Munsinger, 88, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in La Crosse.

He was born March 17, 1925, near Harlan in Smith County, to Roy and Emma (McClain) Munsinger. He was a 1942 graduate of Harlan High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from York College, York, Neb., in 1949. In 1953, he received a master’s degree in school administration from Fort Hays State University.

He married Ivalee Mizell on Nov. 3, 1949, in Clayton. He was involved in teaching, coaching and administration at schools in Densmore, Long Island, Jetmore and Dighton prior to retirement and moving to Hays in 1983. During the World War II, he entered the U.S. Air Force in August 1943, obtaining the rank of sergeant before receiving an honorable discharge in March 1946.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and American Legion for many years.

Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; a son, Terry Munsinger and wife, Vicki, Wichita; two daughters, Debra McClellan and husband, Steve, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cynthia Munsinger, Hays; a brother, Larry Munsinger and wife, Celeste, San Mato, Texas; four grandchildren, Matthew McClellan, Denver, Jennifer McClellan-Fukuda and husband, Kenn, St. Paul, Minn., Trent Munsinger, Seattle, and Katelyn Munsinger, Wichita; a great-grandson, Matthew Paul O’Hara Jr.; a nephew, Todd Munsinger; and a niece, Renee Williamson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Hays with military honors by Hays American Legion and VFW; inurnment will be Saturday in Fairview Cemetery, Phillipsburg.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the medical fund of Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas or First United Methodist Church, Hays, in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel, 20th and Pine.
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