William Monroe, 86, of odin, was called to his eternal rest on Sunday evening, Nov. 18, 2018

William Monroe, 86, of odin, was called to his eternal rest on Sunday evening, Nov. 18, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the Church on Saturday. A Celebration of Life Services for Bill will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Zion Lutheran Church in Odin, with Rev. Carla Reierson Officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in rural Odin, with military honors by the Donald V. Larson V.F.W. Post #9607 of Butterfield. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com.

William Glen Monroe was born on Nov. 7, 1932 to Harold and Ruth (Dexheimer) Monroe on the family farm near St. James. He received his education in St. James Schools later graduating with the class of 1951. Bill attended college for a short time at Mankato. Bill was employed at Sherr-Tumico Plant in St. James and helped various farmers in the area. He served in the United States Army where he received the Combat Infantry Badge, United Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon and the Bronze Star. On April 2, 1955, he was united in marriage to Miriam Montgomery at First Lutheran Church in St. James. After their marriage they lived in St. James until moving to Odin in 1959. Bill was employed for Leverson’s in Odin for forty-two years in Sales, Delivery and Repair. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he held many offices and served as an Usher, rang the church bell, served as President, served on the Church Council, and church custodian. Bill was a member of the Donald V. Larson V.F.W. Post #9607 of Butterfield. He greatly enjoyed golfing, gardening and traveling, taking cruises and making many trips to Norway and other places.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam Monroe of Odin; children, sons: Mark (Diane) Monroe of Minnetonka, Larry (Cindi) Monroe of Davenport, Iowa; daughter, Kris (Doug) Monshaugen of Warroad; four grandchildren: Thesesa (Jason) Jones, Cory Monshaugen, Jess (Kyle) Freud, Brent (Dayna) Monshaugen; six great-grandchildren: Josie, Amelia, Marlie, Ethan, Nolan and Cam; three brothers: Jim Monroe of Payson, Ariz., Dale (Joyce) Monroe of St. James, and David Monroe of Honolola, Hawaii; brother-in-law, Rev. Bill (Kay) Montgomery of River Falls, Wis.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ruth Monroe; brother, John Monroe; grandparents, Bessie and Will Monroe and Elizabeth and Julius Dexheimer; brothers-in-law, Marland Montgomery and LaVerne Hanson and sisters-in-law, Dolores Hanson and Vivian Monroe and other relatives.