Richard Munson, 73 years of age, of Imperial, NE passed away Thursday afternoon, April 16th, 2020 at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial with his wife by his side. He was born on December 5, 1946. He was born on December 5, 1946 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was the third child of Franklin Louis and Mary Jane Alice (Garrett) Munson who lived on a farm near Burnside, Iowa. Annette and Gary welcomed him into their family which would later include Martha. Richard was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Burnside. Rich was very involved in his church and 4-H. He often had jobs helping other farmers throughout high school. Richard was never afraid of work just like his parents. In fact, it gave him pleasure and pride.\nRichard graduated in 1965 from Central Webster High School, at Burnside, IA. He attended Peru State College at Peru, NE where he graduated in 1971 with a BFA in music education. During that time, he met his future wife, Letitia Marie Buss. They were married at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at rural DeWitt, NE on September 4, 1971. Richard was a public-school music educator for 36 years all across Nebraska. Richard finished his teaching career at Chase County Schools in Imperial, NE. Over the years he did many other jobs as well from welding to machinery sales and repair to road construction. He was also an active member of the Cuming County Choraleers, Lions club, Nebraska Ambassadors of Music, Nebraska Band Masters Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association, and the Nebraska Education Association. After retirement, Richard has continued his passion for music by giving lessons and doing instrument repairs. He has continued working in the garage on tractor restorations and small engine repair. \nSurvivors include his wife of 48 years Letitia (Buss) Munson of Imperial, NE; daughter Mary A. (Munson) Applegarth of North Platte, NE; son John Munson (Amity), of Omaha, NE; 2 grandchildren Willow and Kohen Munson of Omaha; sisters Annette C. Palmer (Bob), of Marshalltown, IA and Martha J. Fisher (Bill), of West Des Moines, IA; sister in law Jeannine R. Davison (Kent) of Lincoln; brother in law James E. Buss (Linda) of Beatrice; mother in law Bertha T. Buss of Beatrice; one niece, several nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, a host of friends, and his dog Bella. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brother Gary Munson; and father in law Everett F. Buss.\nGraveside services will at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Oak Grove Cemetery, DeWitt, Nebraska with Pastor Kent Griffen officiating. Public visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 PM at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice, NE. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Imperial, NE. A memorial has been established to the family's choice with the funeral home in charge. Sign Richard's online guest book at www.ghchapel.com.\nThese local services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.