Alfred Keith Muntz, 100, of Greenfield, passed away Tuesday, February 8, at his home. He was born September 18, 1921, the youngest child of Harry Morton and Myra Alma (Lorton) Muntz, at their home west of White Hall, IL. He had an older brother, Harry Lynn, and a sister, Edna Woolsey. When he was eight years old, the family moved to the farm east of Berdan. He attended grade school at Appalonia School, and then White Hall High School, graduating in 1939. He then worked on the family farm for the next three years.
As World War II had already started, he entered the military service, July 6, 1942, and served for 40 months. After his discharge, he was awarded the ETO Medal, the Purple Heart, EX-POW Medal and the French Legion of Honor.
On August 5, 1945, he married Juanita Mae Inlow, at the White Hall Baptist Church parsonage. Rev. Ben Bohn performed the service, and they shared 74 years together. They were blessed with two children, Donald Keith (Doris Marie) Muntz of Carrollton, and Doris Mae (Ron) Vestel of Jacksonville, four grandchildren, Jeff (Missy) Muntz of Grafton, Lisa (Phil) Robinson of Jerseyville, Tony (Staci) Vestel of New Hampton, IA, Steven (Naomi) Vestel of Zionsville, IN., and 11 great-grandchildren.
Keith and Juanita spent the first part of married life on the family farm east of Berdan. The raised purebred Duroc hogs, and Keith served as treasurer of the Greene County Purebred Swine Breeders Association held at the Fairgrounds in Carrollton. After leaving the farm, they moved to their new home in Greenfield where they lived 40 plus years.
He is survived by their two children and their spouses, four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Virginia Ingersoll of Diamond, IL, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am Saturday, at the Charity Southern Baptist Church in Greenfield, where he was a member and deacon for several years. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until time of service. The Tri-County Honor Guard will provide military rites at the church. Private burial will follow at the Oak Wood Cemetery north of Greenfield. Memorials are suggested to the Church, American Legion Post #225, or the Greene County Health Department. The Shields-Bishop Funeral Home is assisting the family. Please leave a memory or condolence at shields-bishopfh.com
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Charity Southern Baptist Church
101 Prairie Street, Greenfield IL 62044
Greene County Health Department
310 5th St, Carrollton IL 62016
Legion Fitzsimmons Post #225
P.O. Box 1, Rockbridge IL 62081