Milton William "Milt" Munkittrick, 84, well-known local radio sportscast veteran and life-long resident of Towanda, Pa., passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 2013 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
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"Milt" was born Oct. 12, 1928 in Towanda, one of six children of Herbert and Mary Dohoney Munkittrick. Milt's father died of a heart attack on April 14, 1933 and his mother was left to raise the family on her own in their home across the street from the original Towanda High School. His passion for sports began at the age of 7 as he spent many hours at the school and football field improving his athletic skills. During high school, Milt excelled in playing Towanda football, basketball and baseball and was a member of the 1946 undefeated and untied football team, 3-year basketball champions and the District 4 championship baseball team which gained 35 wins in succession and 3 league championships.
Milt was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1947 and then attended Mansfield University in 1948 where he joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. In 1950, he was called to active duty with the Marine Corps during the Korean War and returned to Towanda in 1952 following completion of his military service. On Sept. 9, 1950 he married his high school sweet heart, the former Norma Smith.
Milt worked various jobs in the area and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years until his retirement in 1990. He actively coached local sports; football, basketball, baseball, softball, Little League, Senior League, American Legion and Town League for many years and refereed basketball games for 20 years. Milt was coach for the Strickland's Modified Softball Team which won the Pennsylvania State Championship in 1986 and was honored with a 35 game winning streak. Milt began his sports broadcast career which would eventually last for 36 years on WTTC Radio in Towanda in 1972 and continued with WATS-WAVR Radio when the station was purchased by WATS Broadcasting Inc. until his retirement in 2008. Milt and his wife Norma enjoyed spending their winter months in Florida attending spring training games for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma Smith Munkittrick, at home; children Donald Munkittrick and wife Brenda of Monroeton, Linda VanDeWeert and husband Garry of Towanda and David Munkittrick and wife Renee of Towanda; grandchildren Melanie McGuire, Mark Munkittrick, Tommy Munkittrick, Heather Rinus, Kevin Clark, Jen Hibbert, Stephanie Aeppli, Stephen Munkittrick and Kiona Munkittrick and numerous great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law Robert E. and Shirley Munkittrick of Sayre; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, many good friends and his beloved canine companion, Jack.
In addition to his father, Herbert, he was preceded in death by his mother Mary Munkittrick on July 12, 1982; sons William "Billy" Munkittrick on Sept. 5, 1977, James Munkittrick on March 21, 2010; sisters Marguerite Rockefeller on April 15, 1962, Doris "Dot" Rockefeller on June 12, 1990, Phyllis Haines on Feb. 5, 2002 and brother Herbert Munkittrick on Feb. 10, 1983.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be directed to the Oak Hill Cemetery Association, in care of Jean Miller, Treasurer, 602 S. Fourth St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Milton William Munkittrick's memory.
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Published in Daily Review on Jan. 30, 2013