Gene Lee Munro, 58, of Cape Coral, Fla., died at 4:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Hope Hospice House in Cape Coral.
Born July 4, 1945, in Port Clinton, Ohio, he was the son of William James Munro and Edith Louise Wright Munro who have preceded him in death.
Gene's family moved to Anderson, Ind., when he was a few months old. He graduated from Madison Heights High School in 1963. He excelled in baseball and football, playing on a World Series winning team in the Babe Ruth League. He was awarded a full college scholarship to play football; however due to a game injury near the end of the high school season, he was unable to play again. He attended Ball State University.
He had a life long career working in shoe sales. He managed Regal Shoe Shops for the Brown Shoe Co. Changing from retail to wholesale, he began selling for Craddock-Terry Shoe Co. In 1973, he accepted a sales territory with Nunn Bush and moved to the East Lansing, Mich., area where his children, Micah (Munro) Guy and Thiel Munro were born. After transferring to Alabama with Nunn Bush, he moved to Dallas with Leather Imports and later to Minnesota with Freeman Shoe Co. In 1980, he began selling Hush Puppies for Wolverine and moved to Naperville, Ill. Over the next 17 years, he received many awards including Salesman of the Year, until he took an early retirement due to a medical disability and moved to Florida.
Gene's family was very important to him and summer visits from his children and grandchildren were filled with activities including ball games, fishing and church events.
He was active in community service over many years through The Church of Latter-Day Saints.
An avid fisherman, while living in Florida he spent time on his boat, The Micah III.
On April 27, 2001, he married a lifelong, childhood friend, the former Judith Yahn. They attended Christ Lutheran Church in Cape Coral.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Micah and Mark Guy of Denver, Colo., and Suzanne and Frank White of Glendora, Calif.; five sons and their wives, Thiel E. and R. Paige Munro of Brazil, Tom and Franny Munro of Sammamish, Wash., Don Berggren of North Fort Myers, Fla., Bill and Teresa Williams of Louisville, Ky., David and Laurie Deal of New Albany, Ind.; 13 grandchildren, Charis Munro of Brazil, Bryan and Rachel Spiewak, Kena and Laura White, all of Glendora, Katie, Kristen, Gavin and Chase Munro of Sammamish, Madison Berggren of North Fort Myers and Casey, Desaree and Sheldon Williams of Louisville; a half-brother, John and wife Pat Adams of McRea, Ark.; an aunt Shirley and husband Bill Reason of Frankton, Ind.; his mother-in-law, Georgiana Yahn of Anderson; and other extended family members.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Moore Funeral Home with Vanita Moore, Certified Celebrant, officiating. The graveside committal service and burial will be at 3 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Church World Service, 934 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite 110, Orlando, FL 32803. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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