Miguel A. Muñoz (1921 - 2013)

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Miguel A. Muñoz Rauschenplat was born on Jan. 14, 1921 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His parents were Miguel A. Muñoz Retuerto, a prominent attorney, and Gloria Rauschenplat de Muñoz. He graduated from St. John's School and Central High School in San Juan.

He was the first to enlist in World War II in the Antilles Command on Dec. 8, 1941, the day following Pearl Harbor. He served in both the Army and the Air Force in the United States and European Theaters of Operation until his Honorable Discharge as a 1st Lt. in 1945.

He took advantage of the GI Bill to study aeronautical engineering at the Academy of Aeronautics in Long island, N.Y. and to complete his B.S. and Juris Doctor degrees at the University of Puerto Rico.

He practiced law in Puerto Rico and the United States where he served for several years as a prosecutor for Union County in Elizabeth, N.J.

He lived his retirement years here in Bozeman, with his beloved wife, Maddie Perrault Muñoz, who sadly passed on earlier this year.

He was an avid reader and an enthusiastic world traveler. He went on Safari to the Kalahari Desert, rode elephants in India, sailed the Amazon River and walked the cobblestoned streets of many old European capitals.

He and Maddie enjoyed the outdoors, and especially loved bird watching, both around home and during their many travels.

He loved to read, he owned a vast and varied collection of books and read every last one of them – from biographies, histories, philosophical and political treatises, to detective novels – everything interested him.

He was also an excellent cook, and would tackle anything, from complicated confections to the tasty foods of his native Puerto Rico.

Miguel passed away Oct. 31, 2013.

He is survived by the children of his first marriage to Norma Gandara; Cristina, Miguel, Carmen, Ricardo and Ana, all surnamed Muñoz Gandara. Also surviving him are seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He also leaves his brother, Adolfo Muñoz, of Sun City Center, Fla.

Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Gail (Bob) Jockers, of Livingston, Mont.; brother-in-law, Michael Perrault (Pilar) of Forest Grove, Ore.; nephews, Jeffery, Glenn (Stacy) and Mark (Lauren) Perrault, Matthew (Angela) Jockers; one niece, Jennifer Jockers Koontz (Kelly), seven grand nephews; and three grand nieces.

Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Funeral Home
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-3184
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 28, 2013
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