Paul D. Mundschenk Sr., 88, of Billings, passed away on Jan. 23, 2009, at Billings Clinic, with family by his side.
Paul was born on Dec. 19, 1920, to George and Francis Mundschenk in Albion, Neb. The family moved to Wyoming in 1925, where they farmed around various small towns throughout the Depression era. As second oldest of nine brothers and sisters, Paul had to quit school in his teens to help on the farm, but later returned and graduated in 1940 at Manville, Wyo. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Navy during WWII and served on several different ships throughout the Pacific and was honorably discharged when the war ended. Following the war, Paul returned to Wyoming and on Easter Sunday, married Eunice Marie Hughes on April 6, 1947, in Torrington, Wyo. The couple farmed in the Torrington area, where they raised two boys and two girls until 1954, when they moved to Newcastle, Wyo. The young family moved to Billings in 1959, where Paul and Marie remained until Paul's death. In Billings, Paul worked for the postal service until retiring in 1985. He was active in the postal union, his church of 50 years, his grandson's Legion and Billings Mustang baseball games. He loved family gatherings (the bigger, the better) camping with his family, reading, music and dancing with his wife of 62 years.
Paul leaves behind his wife; sons Paul Jr. (Bev) Mundschenk, David (Cindy) Mundschenk; daughter Janis (John) Kiedrowski; grandsons Ben (Teri) Ostermiller, Darin (Deb) Kiedrowski, Mike (Heather) Kiedrowski; granddaughters Teresa Gilles, Deanna (Paul) Kinyanjui, Tara (Anthony) Cox, Tiffany Mundschenk; and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Duane Lull and Harold (Daisy) Mundschenk and numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Marsha Ostermiller ( in 2007) and the rest of his siblings.
The family would like to thank all the Billings Clinic staff, with special thanks to Janelle. We would also like to thank Doris and all the staff at Autumn Springs, where Paul resided for the past two years.
Visitation will be held at Smith Downtown Chapel on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6 until 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow. Interment will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be to Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of one's choice.