Henry A. Mund, Jr., age 87, of Lewes, Del. passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood, Del. He was born in Forest Hills, N.Y. on September 30, 1925, son of the late Henry A. Mund, Sr. and Edna Mund. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Alice Mund (March10, 2013).
Mr. Mund served in the European Theatre during World War II from 1943-1946 as a staff sergeant-infantry. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was part of what is now known as the Greatest Generation. His comment on the Greatest Generation was “I was getting drafted and I fought like hell just to stay alive, there was not a damn thing great about it.”
Mr. Mund would later attend Syracuse University, graduating in 1951 with a B.A. Degree in Civil Engineering Sociology and he also attended New York University, Graduate School for one year studying Sociology. He served as councilman and chairman on the East Hampton Town Board between 1964 and 1973 and as executive assistant to the Speaker and Minority Leader of the New York Assembly, Perry Duryea, in Albany, N.Y. from 1966 to 1979.
He held positions as vice president for marketing & business development at Greenman Pedersen Engineering and senior vice president and Long Island regional director at Empire State Development, all in the private sector but utilizing his governmental capabilities throughout.
“He worked in the political arena a good portion of his life and made things happen in government and believed in the rights of people,” said the family, “and that is being a statesman.”
“Henry never met a stranger,” the family said. “He could run into people he knew in whatever country or state he happened to be in. He enjoyed boats, the sea, sunsets, sunrises and most of all friends.”
Mr. Mund is survived by his son Henry A. Mund III and wife Nancy of Alna, Me.; his two daughters: Kate L. Mund of Amagansett and Lauren L. Mund of Lewes, Del.; three grandsons: Daniel Mund and wife Lindsey, Nathan Mund and Travis Loschen; his brother-in law: James Hill and wife Lorraine and their children: Marsha Hopping, Charles Hill and Peter Hill.
A graveside service for both Henry and Alice Mund will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 1 p.m. at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Cooper Lane, East Hampton. An afternoon tea will follow at the LVIS, 95 Main Street, East Hampton in honor of Mrs. Mund and happy hour at the American Hotel, Sag Harbor, from 5-6 p.m. in honor of Mr. Mund.
Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The National World War II Museum, PO Box 97336, Washington, DC 20090-7336.
You may visit Mr. Mund’s Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com