H. Ed Munden, longtime Woodstock resident, passed away Monday, Feb 2, 2015, at Greenfield Reflections in Strasburg. Born in Ft. Worth, TX, July 28, 1925, the son of high school principal Edward Munden and Mary Grace Munden. After graduation from Southwestern University he served in the US Marine Corp and saw action in the South Pacific.
Ed is survived by longtime companion Kathy Lineweaver; 2 daughters, Jane Ann Flores and husband David of Bulverde, TX; Janeas Munden and husband Teddy Helsley of Woodstock; son Eddie Munden and wife Naomi of Centreville, VA; nephew Bob Hock and wife Doris of Minnesota; his former wife, Dorothy Bradbury, 13 grandchildren and step grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, and his extended Greenfield family. He is preceded in death by his sister Grace Elizabeth Munden Hock.
Ed had a lifelong love affair with politics. While in high school he served as a page in the Texas Legislature and later as a page to Gov. Coke Stevenson of Texas. In 1960, he left a career with Allstate Insurance to manage the US Senate campaign of his college roommate, John Tower. Ed and his family moved to Washington DC, after Tower’s election where he served as Tower’s Administrative Assistant.
Upon his retirement from Washington Ed relocated to Woodstock where he remained active in local and state Republican Party politics. As a second career, he opened Radio Shack Dealerships throughout the Valley which he operated until his second retirement at age 80.
Not one to just sit on the porch, Ed then ran for and was elected to a seat on the Woodstock Town Council where he served from 2008 to 2012. A vocal and staunch supporter of the citizens of Woodstock, Ed worked tirelessly on their behalf until overcome by the mental decline from dementia. Residing shortly thereafter at Greenfield Reflections he was known as the Mayor of Greenfield where he attended to meeting and greeting everyone who walked in the front door, shaking hands and offering his ever present Texas-sized smile. Our family would like to acknowledge the unsurpassed love and kindness that was extended to Ed by the remarkable staff of Greenfield, Blue Ridge Hospice and Fox Therapy.
Ed was a devoted and active member of Woodstock Methodist Church. He served as Chairman of the WMC Day Care Committee to which friends are asked to make contributions in lieu of flowers.
Ed, Daddy, Pop and Paw-Paw, he loved and was loved by his family, his friends and folks who just met him. He loved the people and the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley and remained a son of Texas where he will return for burial.
Viewing will be held at Woodstock Methodist Church on Thursday, February 5th from 10:00 to 11:00 with funeral service following at 11:00 led by Pastor Dale Bowers and Pastor Robert Hoskins. All are invited and welcome to join in the celebration of Ed’s life.