James Earl Muntz, 87, of Fairfield, IA passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017 at the Jefferson County Health Care Center. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, November 28, 2017 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Packwood First Christian Church with Pastor Chris Conklin and Pastor Frosty Van Voorst officiating. Burial, with military honors will be held in the Packwood Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Packwood First Christian Church and last until the time of service. Memorial contributions in Jim?s honor may be directed to the family, and mailed to 404 S. 4th St., Apt. 107, Fairfield, IA 52556. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
James Earl Muntz was born on December 24, 1929 in Bonaparte, IA to Frankie and Marjorie Russell Muntz. He attended school in Bonaparte before entering the workforce. In January of 1952, Jim enlisted in the United States Army. He proudly served his country during the Korean War and became an Army Corporal before his honorable discharge in January of 1954. Shortly after returning home he was united in marriage to Virginia Douthart. Jim was a hard worker and always had a job to help support his growing family. He worked at the Bonaparte Rendering Plant, as well as for several famers; Wayne King, Bob Granaman, Harlan and John Myers, and John Davidson. Later in life he also worked for the Packwood Elevator. Virginia passed away in April of 1990. On April 20, 1996 Jim married Zelma Thompson in Packwood, IA. The two remained by each other?s side until Jim?s passing. Jim enjoyed watching NASCAR races, collecting Dale Earnhardt memorabilia, farming, and above all, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be deeply missed.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Virginia (1990); one stepson, Kenneth Douthart; a grandson, Jeffrey Allen Muntz, two great grandsons, and one brother, Milo Muntz.
Left to share his story is his loving wife, Zelma Muntz of Fairfield, IA; seven children, Danny (Jean) Douthhart of Georgia, Randy (Bev) Muntz of Pekin, IA, Debbie (Bill) Connor of Monroe, IA, Vickie (Mike) Heald of Fairfield, IA, Richard (Pam) Muntz of Agency, IA, Rusty (Susan) Muntz of Fairfield, IA, and Chester (Kristi) McKim of Libertyville, IA; four stepchildren, Larry (Patty) Wallingford of Keokuk, IA, Gary (Denise) Wallingford of Burlington, IA, Jamee (Marla) Wallingford of Farmington, IA and Julie (David) McElderry of Libertyville, IA; he was also the proud grandfather to twenty-four grandchildren, thirty-three great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, as well as many extended family and friends.
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