William Walden Munsil Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Mesa, Arizona resident William Walden Munsil, nicknamed “Two Dollar Bil” for his love of the currency denomination, died July 31 after a long illness. Bil was born in Portland, Oregon, the sixth child of Lee Elverton Munsil and Evelyn Martha Shaw Munsil. When World War II ended, when Bil was one year old, the family moved back to Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Monterey Park and Madison #2 elementary schools in Phoenix, Arizona and Kaimuki High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Camelback High School in Phoenix in 1962 and Phoenix College in 1964. He entered the United States Air Force in 1965 and served three different tours as an electrical computer systems technician, missile launch specialist and missile trainer specialist. He served with the 6937th Communications Group at the then-secret USAF Security Service listening post in Peshawar, Pakistan during the Vietnam War. He was then stationed at Peterson Field, Cheyenne Mountain (NORAD) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Vandenberg AFB in California, and Francis B. Warren AFB in Wyoming, and received his last honorable discharge in 1977, after which he returned to Phoenix. While serving our country, he was awarded the AF Good Conduct Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Longevity Service Award; and Outstanding Unit Award. Bil had many interests and accomplishments. He was renowned for his sense of humor, his ability to come up with puns, and to remember more jokes than most people have ever heard. He was also renowned for the gorgeous curly white “Santa Claus” beard he had for many years. He was in the top 1% of Mensa members and received a certificate for being the longest-serving member of the Arizona Society of Mayflower Descendants, after 50 years of membership in that organization. He was a kind man who enjoyed doing nice things for others. He was fluent in Esperanto, the international language, which he learned himself. He was interested in numismatics and had an extensive collection of coins. He was the family genealogist, researching not only his Munsil and Shaw families, but also his ancestry to the Mayflower and beyond, in England, Scotland and France. He was an amateur radio operator and branched out into television, being one of the founders of the Arizona Amateurs on Television (AATV) organization Ham TV, and had the call sign K1ATV. He was active in the Libertarian Party, serving as a precinct committee member, and was the Libertarian nominee for justice of the peace while living in Yarnell, Arizona. Bil loved music; he played the trumpet and had a beautiful singing voice, singing in the Orpheus Boys Choir as a child and later in the choir at every church he attended. He also sang at weddings and other special occasions. One of his musical arrangements was used during a service at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs. Bil was also a caregiver for his mother during her later years. Bil was predeceased by his parents; his sister Marilyn Sue Stout and her husband, the Reverend Arthur Paul Stout; her sister Martha’s husband, George Williams Patterson; and her sister Lois’ husband, Marvin Ralph Hunt. Bil is survived by his sister Martha May Patterson; his sister Joanne Evelyn Burnett and her husband, the Reverend Dr. Ivan Blackwell Burnett, Jr; his brother Lee Elverton Munsil, Jr. and his wife Linda Mary Munsil; his sister Lois Elvira Hunt; his brother, Dr. Wesley Elwood Munsil and his wife, Dr. Janet Carol Siebert; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-grandnephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Veterans Affinity (https://veteransaffinity.org).

Posted on August 05, 2022

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