Gary Charles Munsen was born March 12, 1943, at White Lake, SD, to Charles Robert and Hazel Elizabeth (Krell) Munsen. He was raised on a farm in the White Lake area along with two brothers, Ed and Ronnie.
Gary was a standout football and basketball player at White Lake High School, where he graduated in 1961. Following high school, he worked for the railroad. In the fall of 1961 he enrolled at Dakota Wesleyan University for one semester and played basketball where he was coached by Coach Gordon Fosness. He then transferred to General Beadle State College, now Dakota State University, where he played basketball for Coach Ed Harter, graduating in 1966. In 1984, he received his master’s degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen.
On December 30, 1963, he married Cheryl Mae Cudmore at White Lake. They were blessed with two sons and two daughters: Scott, Stacey, Shana and Sam. Gary and Cheri lived in Marion, SD from 1966 until 1969, where he taught Typing I and II, Bookkeeping, General Business, Business Law and Consumer Education. He coached football, basketball, track and field and baseball.
In 1969, Gary and Cheri moved to Mitchell, where Gary taught Business, Physical Education and Drivers Education for the Mitchell School District. His coaching responsibilities included assistant football coach for twenty years, track and field for twenty-one years and basketball from 1969 until 2012. He retired from teaching in 2001, but continued coaching until 2012. For a total of forty-seven years he coached basketball and was the Mitchell High School varsity basketball coach from 1973 until 2012.
Gary loved his family and was an avid fan of the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bears and any basketball game. Also, he enjoyed the outdoors and hunting with family and friends.
Gary is survived by his children: Scott (Michelle) Munsen, Sioux City, IA, Stacey (Fred) Smith, Ewa Beach, HI, Shana Munsen, Sioux City, IA and Sam (Keri) Munsen, Mitchell, SD; thirteen grandchildren, Alex Smith, Quincy Christie, Isaiah Munsen, Brooke Smith, Naomi Munsen, Rusty Munsen, Ayana Shannon, Christian Smith, Ky Munsen, Demi Smith, Kezia Munsen, Jeremiah Munsen and Mason Munsen; one brother, Ed (Mary) Munsen, White Lake, SD; one sister-in-law, Vivian Munsen, Hershey, NE.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cheri Munsen (June 1991); his parents, Charles and Hazel Munsen; and his brother, Ronnie Munsen.
A Memorial Fund has been established in lieu of flowers.