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John A. Munkel

March 27, 1921 - May 21, 2018

U.S. Veteran

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John Aspinwall Munkel passed away peacefully at his home in Rohnert Park, Monday, May 21, 2018, with his loving family at his side. John was born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey on March 27, 1921 to Hirman Harry Munkel and Irma Aspinwall. After high school, John was accepted to the Kings Point U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. He served his country honorably during WWII as an engineer on board four Naval Ships: USS Graffias, USS Holt, USS Barnett and the USS Montrose. On board these ships, John saw and experienced the world during an important era of history, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans many times. He was the Chief Engineer and Plank Owner on the USS Montrose.

After being discharged from the war, John settled in San Francisco and served in the Reserves as Chief Engineer on a submarine. John then started his public service career where he was employed at AT&T as an Engineer. He continued his education at San Francisco State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. He married the love of his life, Alicia Dardón, in 1954 at the San Carlos de Borromeo Mission in Carmel, California.

John was an avid photographer and captured many moments and memories from a very young age and through his 97 years. He was a devoted husband and proud father. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and growing fruit trees, and was active in the Boys Scouts with his son in his younger years enjoying camping and being in nature. He is survived by his wife Alicia of 64 years, his son Clark and his wife Barbara (nee Caramanico) of Astoria, Oregon, and his daughter Carol and her husband Michael Martini of Reno, Nevada, his brother Paul and his wife Joan of Whiting, New Jersey, and was preceded in death by his only grandson, Sonny John Munkel, and his sister Olive Munkel Hidi.

The family is planning a private service. Arrangements under the direction of Adobe Creek Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Petaluma, California