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Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home

3070 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY

OBITUARY

Rev. Kenneth "Rocky" Munson

4 October , 193030 June , 2019
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Pastor Rocky was born in Seattle, Washington on October 4, 1930. The greatest loss in his life was when his mother died; he was just 9 years old. Rocky's father Reed and his grandmother loved and cared for him very deeply. He met Phyllis in Dayton, Ohio when he was a student at United Theological Seminary. When he and Phyllis were married in 1957 he said he finally felt complete.

Pastor Rocky's calling was to search for those who were seeking the Lord, even when they didn't realize it. His dream was to see them in God's arms. He felt called to serve congregations in the inner city, and he was involved with organizations like Urban Christian Ministries and served as a Chaplain at the Buffalo City Mission. He loved the Lord with all his heart, mind, and spirit, and he knew unequivocally that some day he would see the Lord face to face. One of his grandchildren said that Grampie Rocky had a direct line to God, and today we believe he is enjoying that direct line in person. Pastor Rocky will be remembered as "A man with a dream" who is still asking each of us to love the Lord with all our hearts so that we can enjoy being together in God's presence forever.

Pastor Rocky and Phyllis were married for 62 years. He is survived by a daughter Laura, son Stephen, and 4 wonderful grandchildren: Leah, Jonas, Isabel, and Caroline. He was predeceased by his beloved son Peter. Rocky was a talented all-around athlete who played tennis, basketball, and softball. He coached countless athletes in basketball and softball church athletic programs in Pittsburgh and Buffalo, many of which he organized and founded. Next to his wife Phyllis, stamp collecting and the San Francisco 49ers were the great loves of his life and he traded and collected stamps and followed his team passionately all his days. Rocky was also known for his gentle, offbeat sense of humor and his knack for nicknaming.

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  • Matt Dodd
  • Courtney Wilson
  • Jim Tucker
  • Bill Krays

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Friday, 5 July , 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, 6 July , 2019

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Eugene And Minnie Cowart

5 July 2019

With our deepest sympathy & love.
Former members of McAlpine church,
now residing in Pensacola, Fl.

Eugene & Minnie Cowart

Scott Bowman

3 July 2019

What a wonderful man of God he is. You'll be missed this side of Heaven, but I look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for keeping Knox Church together during a difficult time. Phyllis, Thank you for sharing him with Knox and all the other churches who had the privilege of having him as either their pastor or their interim pastor.
May the Love of God, The Love of Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you in this transition.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
Love in Christ,
Scott & Debby Bowman

Frank Lowinger

3 July 2019

Our community has truly lost a great man, a kind man, a humble man, a gentle man. I will never forget his engaging smile, his sincere warmth and faithfulness to LORD he so loved and served.
I will even miss his often obligatory corny jokes along the way. This was a trusted and well respected friend and colleague.

Shalom chaver,
Rabbi Frank Lowinger

Donald & Sheila Bass

2 July 2019

Pastor Munson was a great man of God and will be sorely missed. And a true 49ers fan! He blessed our union 30 years ago. May God bless and comfort your family.

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Biography

MUNSON - Reverend Kenneth “Rocky” June 30, 2019. Husband of Phyllis A. (Nettleingham); father of Laura Munson (John Karl Finkbeiner), Stephen Devere Munson Terranova, and the late Peter R. Munson; grandfather of Isabel and Caroline Finkbeiner and Leah and Jonas Munson. Friends may call Friday,
July 5th from 4-7 PM at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the MacAlpine Church, 2700 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, on Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 AM. Online condolences to www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com