Donald Fredrick “Red” Munsel, 82, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at his home in Libby after a long time battle with asbestosis. He was born on August 2, 1937 in Libby to Fred and Mary (Stout) Munsel. He grew up in Libby and lived in Soda Springs, Idaho with his mom and beloved stepdad Paul Thomas. He served his country after high school as a cook in the US Air Force.
Red returned to Libby after being honorably discharged and married Rosemarie Thomson on March 4, 1959 after they dated for 11 days. They spent the next 60 years side by side. They were blessed with 2 children Esther and Rex.
Red is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and in 1988 he and Rose were sealed for eternity in the Seattle temple.
Red worked several places in Libby, including the mill and Libby Dam, but his favorite place was in the woods logging. He started repairing chainsaws in his shop after he retired. Everyone knew where to go when they needed a chainsaw fixed. He loved chainsaws and collected them everywhere he went. He even brought a car load of them home from Arkansas. If you needed a part he had it or knew where to find it. Red never met a stranger, he loved visiting with everyone, and he will be very missed.
Red was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Naola Hansen and Jerry Aaron and a grandson Adam Munsel.
Survivors include his wife Rosemarie; daughter Esther Anderson, Marshall, AR; son Rex (Kayleen) Munsel, Libby; a sister Shirley Fahland, Libby; grandchildren Josh (Dawn) Munsel, Libby; Katie (Jake) Miller, Moyie Springs, ID; Merle and Melinda Anderson, Summit, AR; 9 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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