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  • Dr. Paul R. Munger 82, of Rolla

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  • Dr. Paul R. Munger of Rolla, Missouri passed away baptized in Christ on April 19, 2014 at the age of 82 years.  Dr. Munger, P.E., was Professor Emeritus of civil engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology and Director of Business Development for Morris and Munger Engineers, a division of Benton & Associates Inc.
    Dr. Munger had an engineering career spanning more than 50 years, launched by his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Missouri at Rolla.  Subsequently he completed his PHD degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He served continuously for over 41 years at the University of Missouri at Rolla, beginning as an Instructor and rising to Professor and Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department, and subsequently to Professor Emeritus.
    Dr. Munger was involved with several organizations and served in leadership roles for many including: Director of the Institute of River Studies at the University of Missouri Rolla; Chairman, Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors; Chairman, Engineering Division, Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors; National President, Chi Epsilon; President, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying; Member, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); Charter Member, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers; President, National Institute of Engineering Ethics; Charter President, Council of Engineering Specialty Boards; President, National Council of Engineering Ethics. He served as Chairman on the Missouri Board for Professional Engineers during its investigation of the circumstances of the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse in 1981.
    Dr. Munger was a long time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rolla. He served many years on the Board of Elders and most recently as Chairman of the congregation.
    Dr. Munger was born January 14, 1932, in Hannibal, Missouri to Paul O. and Anne L. Munger (nee Williams).  He was married to Frieda Anna Munger (nee Mette) on November 26, 1954, who preceded him in death on March 9, 2003. He also was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Mary Sampson, a twin brother Gene Munger and younger brother Thurman Munger, all of Hannibal.
    He is survived by his loving family which includes four children, Amelia Fortmeyer and husband, Bernard, of St. Joseph; Paul D. Munger and family friend Carla Wilbanks, of Rolla; Martha Cox and husband J.D., of Rolla; and Mark Munger and wife, Anne (nee Werdes), of St. Louis; nine grandchildren, Paul Fortmeyer, Peter Fortmeyer, Ryan Cox, Sophie Cox, Olivia Cox, Stephen Behr, Amy Behr, Peter Munger and Matthew Munger.
    Funeral services will be at 10:00am Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rolla, Missouri.  The family will be available at the church to greet guests at 9:00am, prior to the funeral service.  Burial and graveside services will be at 3:00pm at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal, Missouri. Visitation will be at Null & Son Funeral Home in Rolla, Missouri, between the hours of 3:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday, April 23.  
    Page 2 of 2 - Throughout his life Paul enjoyed his engineering profession through educating so many students and the practical application of his engineering knowledge in business. He was also very engaged through his involvement at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rolla.  Memorials may be made to the Missouri University of Science & Technology, Paul and Frieda Munger Endowed Scholarship or to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Early Childhood Christian Education Program. Both of these memorials reflect his enthusiasm toward education and Christian love.
    Online condolences may be offered at www.nullandsonfuneralhome.com.
    All arrangements are under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla.

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