Services were Saturday for former Lincolnville resident William Otto “Bill” Munstermann, 94, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings, Nebraska.
Burial was in Glenvil Cemetery in Glenvil, Nebraska. Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church in Hastings and the American Legion at Glenvil.
Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Bill was born Oct. 20, 1925, in Covina, California. He was the son of William and Wilhelmina (Meyn) Munstermann.
Bill graduated from the Lincolnville Lutheran School in 1944. Later that year he was drafted into the Navy and served in World War II from 1944 to 1946 as an electrician aboard the USS Bordelon (DD/DDR-881), of which he was one of two remaining Plank Owners.
After his service, Bill returned to the family farm in Lincolnville and purchased his Piper Vagabond airplane in 1946. Bill loved to use his plane to hunt coyotes and would frequently fly up to hunt ducks in the Flint Hills.
In the 1950s he moved to Nebraska with his brother Harvey and began custom hay work in the ammunition depot outside of Glenvil.
On Aug. 20, 1961, Bill was joined in marriage to Charlotte Brown at the Rosedale United Methodist Church. Bill and Charlotte settled in Glenvil where they were joined by son Michael and daughter Michele. Through the years Bill’s faith, family, and farming were his loves.
Bill was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. He served on the Glenvil Cooperative Credit Union Board and was a Charter Member of the Glenvil American Legion Post 26 since 1965. He loved to fish and hunt. He helped with the family ceramic business which produced many commemorative plates for towns and churches. Bill was inducted into the Hastings Bowling Hall of Fame in 2015 and was co-owner of Pastime Lanes.
He loved being a grandfather and was known for his special treats with his grandchildren. His joy was picking them up from school one or two days a week and sneaking them away to Dairy Queen.
He is survived by his son, Michael of Glenvil; daughter, Michele (Kevin) Onken of Kearney; grandchildren, Nicolette, Michaela, and Brandon Warnke; step-grandchildren, Colin and Lane Onken; and sister, Rosana Gates.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl and Harvey Munstermann; sister, Lucile Vahsholtz; and wife, Charlotte.