John “JD” David Munter, 77, of Lanesboro, Minn., passed away on May 18, 2023, after a battle with cancer.
JD was born in December 1945, in St. Paul, Minn., to George and Mary Munter, joining his older sister Georgeann. He grew up on Tanner’s Lake in Oakdale, and then attended North St. Paul High School. He received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota and went on to have a 30+ year career at 3M. He was a master of the IS (Innovative Solution.)
JD married his high school sweetheart Lynne Arns in 1966, and they were married for more than 57 years. Together they raised four children, later adding in-laws and grandchildren to the mix. JD held many titles in his life, but his favorite one was Grandpa. He passed down his love of hunting, woodworking, sports, four-wheeling, golf, and snowmobiling to his grandkids. They are all beneficiaries of his knowledge and dedication.
JD made everyone laugh with his dry wit. He had a nickname for everyone. He loved butter. He loved word games. He could fix anything. He detested food with “no moisture.” He made beautiful furniture. He had the same hairstyle his entire life. He took a siesta every day. He believed ties “choke creativity.” He never paid for a bottle of water. He frequently used the word “Crumps!”. He loved peanut M&Ms.
And he fought his cancer with everything he had.
JD is survived by his wife Lynne, sister Jan, children Julie, Bryan, Janelle (Wade Strop) and Kimberly (Aaron Oelrich); and grandchildren Hunter, Ruthie, Jeff, Max, Ashlyn, Grant, Emma, Annsley, Connor, Addison, Micah and Molly. He was also looking forward to welcoming Jennifer, Sam, Payten and Zach into the family this July.
He was a son, brother, husband, father, grandpa, uncle and friend. And, he will be missed.
The funeral service for JD will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Rushford Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the Hoff Funeral Home of Rushford, as well as one hour prior to the funeral at church on Thursday from 10-11 a.m.
Note: In honor of how JD felt about ties – they are optional at the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, memorials would be applied to causes close to JD’s heart.