Jay Munsch
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Jay Munsch, age 48, of Centerville, South Dakota, went to heaven Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are: Kelly Duncan, Matt Olson, Brent Mannes, Adam Hanssen, Andy Nelson, and Derek Velasquez.

Jay Munsch was born October 24, 1968, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Alvin and Dee (Johnson) Munsch. He grew up in Yankton and graduated with honors from Yankton High School in 1986. During his high school years, he enjoyed working summers for the SD Game Fish & Parks. In his senior year, Jay was one of three students chosen as nominees for West Point Military Academy. He decided to attend South Dakota State University to major in electrical engineering and graphic arts. While in college, Jay worked as a manager at McDonald's and later became a supervisor at Falcon Plastics in Brookings, South Dakota. Jay was also a Resident Assistant at his dorm and was a tutor for other students. Just before graduating from college, he got married. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. After graduation, he began working with his dad at Northland Engineering for several years in Yankton. He also worked at Up D's Alley and the Desert Inn in Centerville, South Dakota, where he made many good friends.

Jay was hunter, a fisherman, and an awesome artist having sold portraits, wild life scenes, science fantasy and other works of art throughout his life. His high school illustration of the Yankton weather map was used for many years in the Press & Dakotan. He liked video games, reading Sci-fi and Stephen King novels, music, and at times playing his guitar. He was computer whiz and had a small computer business.

He loved his family and all of his animals, especially his dog Sam and his cat Snickers. At one time he had an aquarium and terrarium and jokingly named all his fish. He had a big personality that people were drawn to. Jay was very social and outgoing. He was very kind and cared about others deeply-he was known for his big, soft heart. When he was a little boy, Jay would get so tan from playing outside in the summer sun that his family called him their "little man with cheeks of tan." He had a sense of humor and the gift to make people laugh. He could take a simple story and spin it funny, and once he was on a roll, you couldn't stop laughing. He will be greatly missed, a bright light in all of our lives.

Survivors include his parents, Alvin and Dee Munsch of Yankton; his sister, Shari Munsch of Yankton; two uncles, Sam (LaReign) Munsch of Rapid City, South Dakota and Dave Bruce of Chicago, Illinois, as well as several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Grace Johnson, and Christian and Martha Munsch; his aunt Florene Bruce; and two uncles, Ronny Johnson and Marvin Munsch.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

Rip, buddy. Gonna miss you. My condolences to his family.

Matt Olson

RIP Jay... already missing your quick witty humor. May God grant you peace.

Tammy Hybertson

Will miss you giving that "I know the puzzle" during the Wheel of Fortune at the DI. Will so miss you behind the bar and all our talks to straighten out the world problems. RIP Jay...

Louan Bobzin

I worked with Jay many, many years ago at McDonalds in Brookings and never forgot him. He was such a witty, funny and gentle soul. My condolences to his family.

Ann Swartos

I will miss him - I remember he and I seemed to be in nearly every class together from elementary through most of high school. I loved his drawings as well as the competition academically. I was a better person/student because of him. May his memory be for a blessing.

Jen Dunn-Foster (Jennie Quick)

Jay was a man like no other. Kind hearted & full of love. I was friends with Jay while he lived in Brookings during college. He will be missed by many! My condolences to his family.

Gena Veen-Heinricy

Many sympathies to the family and close friends who knew the wonderful person Jay was and will forever be. Many blessings and happy memories to you all. RIP, Jay, you are missed.


I met Jay on a few occasions with his dad, Al, with whom I worked with for many years. Jay had a winning personality and smile, very cordial and fun person to visit with. I understand how he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dennie and Jeanette Stark

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