STANLEY WARREN MUNTON EULOGY
Stanley Warren Munton was born May 16, 1927, at the home of midwife Hilda Marshman to Enan and Mary Anne Munton. This home, now under water, is the present Travers reservoir. Stan attended school at Sanderson and Gerrard schools east of Champion. His parents, Enan and Mary Anne homesteaded and broke land east of Champion, across from the now existing Conoco plant.
During his younger years Stan worked for the Land and Irrigation Co., riding 22 miles per day to check for any leaks or cracks in the canal. Later he worked for various farmers in the area. At Granlins, he met the love of his life, Hilda Hilz, who was cooking at Elwoods for the threshing crew. They married on October 18,1946.
Once married, they settled on his father's farm. In time, three children were born - Douglas, Kenneth and Linda. During the years that the children were growing up, Dad and Mom were at every possible event at school and attended every hockey, ballgame, etc. they possibly could. They also took the kids to Sunday School and services at The Free Church in Champion. Dad held numerous offices and positions in the church. This was an important part of their life. They continued to enjoy attending grandkids events in the later years.
In 1952, when Doug was 4 and Ken was 3 years old Stan got his leg caught in the swather's power take-off. This accident would change Stan's life forever. After 8operations, numerous skin grafts, 9 months in traction and 18 months on crutches, the leg was saved. Unfortunately, in December 1972, the leg opened up with a bad case of osteomyelitis. Over the years Stan endured much pain and open sores and despite trips to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, no cure was found. In all those years, his amazing faith in God helped him through the hard times. Even in his later years, his leg continued to take a toll on his body.
Stan loved the land and his Angus cattle. The farm was truly a joint venture of the entire family. While on the farm Stan and Hilda became founding members of the Christian Cowboy fellowship and traveled throughout the summers to rodeos in various provinces. In 1974, they moved into Vulcan. Dad served on Vulcan town council for 13 years where his good judgement and sharp wit was greatly appreciated. Stan was the first recipient of Alberta's municipal recognition award given to him by his good friend, the honorable Raymond Speaker.
Dad was a unique individual with a great deal of compassion for his fellow man. He could readily distinguish people in need and was just as quick to offer them whatever assistance or advice they needed. Stan loved and enjoyed all of his family, especially the big family get togethers. They now number 34 in total with more on the horizon.
One of Dad and Mom's claim to fame was the kidnapping a few years ago. The intruder had no idea whose home he had entered but shortly after coming into the living room, Stan tried to over power him with his cane.
The entire family would like to express a special thank you to all the friends and neighbours and family, medical staff, doctors and nurses who down through the many years came along side and helped so graciously.
Stan is survived by his wife, Hilda, of 63 years, children...Doug and Valerie Munton, Ken and Eunice Munton, Linda and Murray Hartung, and nephew, Tom and wife Jean Munton. Stan is grandpa to Melissa (Jon) Gartly...Moira (Terrance) Visser...Michael Munton Jared (Jennifer) Munton...Allison (Damian) Bolton...Barret Munton...Bryant Munton...Joel (Jodie) Hartung...Jessica (Paul) Joss...Jodilee Hartung. Stan is great grandpa to Nolan, Norah and Nate Gartly...Jad and Marcus Visser...Melanie and Abigail Munton...Cailey Bolton...Mason and Lewis Hartung. Stan is also grandpa to many, many others.
Stan was predeceased by his father and mother, Enan and Mary Anne Munton and a brother, Tom Munton Stan is no longer in pain but now is safe in the arms of Jesus who has made him whole.
We as a family will truly miss him.
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