Dr. William J. Munro

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Nov. 16, 2014

William Munro, a most amazing man, passed away Sunday morning with his wife by his side. He was the only person in his immediate family who was not from "across the pond." He was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on Dec. 8, 1924. Soon after, he and his family immigrated to the United States. Bill was so proud of his American citizenship and of his Scottish heritage.

Bill joined the Navy during World War II and was proud to have served in Underwater Demolition Team III, the precursors of the Navy SEALS. He trained at Fort Pierce, Fla., enduring "Hell Week" as the present day SEALS do, and participated in the Pacific arena during his service.

Following his service, with the help of the GI Bill, he pursued his passion of becoming a physician. After graduating from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he was accepted to Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed his internship and residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. He so wanted to be a Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgeon. However, since training for Osteopaths in this specialty was not available in the United States, he traveled to Denmark, France, and England, to hone his skills. He returned with great knowledge of this specialty and went on to help establish this specialty for Osteopathic physicians and train others in this field. Bill practiced in Michigan and in Hollywood, Fla. where he had the opportunity to change many peoples' paths. After "retiring" and moving to Bozeman, he could not throw down the gauntlet. He became certified in Emergency Medicine, and practiced as a locum tenens physician, traveling all over the U.S.

Not only did Bill work hard, but he played hard too. He loved to travel and saw many countries. He learned to fly and flew his Cessna for work and for fun. He loved to fish. He caught a 104-pound Amberjack on 14-pound test line on a fly rod. This was a world record, which still stands after 30 years.

Even after nine years of suffering from Alzheimer's disease, he still found the beauty in every day and in every person he met.

Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother, Andrew and Ina Mcrae Munro and his beloved siblings, Andy, Chris Shedlock and Elizabeth Erhard. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Micki (who loves him to the moon and back), cherished children, Darlene Schultz, Heather Munro and Kevin, two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his caring sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Beth Drouin and Michael McNally. Forever by his side were his loving nieces, Lori and Nicole Wadsworth and his great nieces, Madie and Maya. He is also survived by many other loving nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bill's life was held in Florida. If you wish, memorial donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or the . Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 23, 2014
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