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Dwight Wayne Monroe, 80, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 14, 2013 at Taylor House Hospice after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Dwight was born August 6, 1932 to Elzy and Leona Monroe in Marion County, Iowa. He attended Liberty School, a one room country school for beginners through 8th grade. At the end of the 8th grade, he moved to Attica Consolidated School area, where he graduated high school in 1952. The fall of that year, he enlisted in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged in the fall of 1956.
Dwight worked on the farm until moving to Council Bluffs in 1958. There he met Phyllis Irene Rachau, daughter of Frank and Faye Rachau and they were married on May 29, 1958. To this union, they were blessed with four children.
Dwight re-enlisted in the US Air Force and moved to Dyess Air Force Base and began raising their family. After being discharged, he attended Baptist Bible College to pursue his passion for the Lord. He helped begin many churches in his life and was active in the music, youth, and bus ministry at those churches. He ended his service at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Des Moines.
Dwight is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis; children, Dennis Monroe, Becky (Doug) Taylor, Tim Monroe, and Shirley (John) Howard; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Hoyt Monroe; sister, Glenna Cobb; and a host of other family and church friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Wanda, Marilyn, Lorraine, Wilma, and Lucille.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Altoona Regular Baptist, 803 3rd Ave SW, Altoona. A graveside service will occur at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Cemetery in Pershing. The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions will be received by the family.
Condolences for the family may be offered online at: www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW
Altoona, IA 50009
Published in Des Moines Register on June 16, 2013