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Richard C. Munch, 80, passed away on Jan. 1, 2019 at home with his loving family at his side.
He was born in Brooklyn, Feb. 6, 1938. As his mother died in childbirth, he was sent to live with his aunt in Denmark and due to the Nazi occupation, he could not return until 1946.
He attended New York City schools and received his associate's degree at Pratt Institute. He worked for the New York Telephone Company for 34 years as a cable splicer. He was in the Army for two years and stationed in Germany.
He married Edith Holmer March 2, 1968 and together had 2 children, and bought a house in Yonkers.
He was an avid international folk dancer. He belonged to the Swedish Folk Dancers of New York, co-founded the Danish Folk Dancers of Brooklyn and also enjoyed square dancing.
The Swedish Folk Dancers were given use of an old farm house in Florida, Massachusetts and they went there year-round where they cut and stacked wood all day and danced all night. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in New York City, the Danish Athletic Club in Brooklyn, the Danish Brotherhood on Long Island and Schenectady and the Charlotte Valley Seniors.
Richard was an outdoorsman. He loved to camp, hunt, fish and just be out in nature. This began as a child, when he joined the Boy Scouts and carried through as a dad with leadership positions in Webelos Pack 56 in Yonkers and then scout master of Troop 6 in Yonkers and lastly as committee member of Troop 63 Davenport.
Richard combined his love of the outdoors and learning with many family camping trips. The most legendary was in 1985, where he and his family camped across our great country for five weeks. He has passed his love, enthusiasm and especially his knowledge of these activities to his children and grandchildren.
As a prolific photographer, he captured life's moments at special occasions and candidly in daily life photos.
He is survived by his wife, Edith, of fifty years; his daughter Kirsten Munch-Buckley, (Charles) of Yonkers; his son Kristian Munch (Jaime) of N. Merrick; and four grandchildren, Logan, Spencer, Olivia and Addison.
As a strong believer in education Richard donated his body to the Albany Medical College. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
The family extends their gratitude to Catskill Area Hospice for the outstanding care and support they extended to Richard and his family.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.
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