Mr. Monson was born Feb. 1, 1933. He married Beverly McCready, New Windsor, on July 6, 1953, at Calvary Lutheran Church, New Windsor.
His children are Debbie (Jim) Gerdes, Moline; Joyce (Floyd) Utz, New Windsor; Greg (Krista) Monson, Moline; Kim (Rock) Monson Edell, East Moline; and Scott (Kelly) Monson, Sherrard. He has seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one on the way.
He was employed as an assembler at the former John Deere Plow and Planter in Moline, retiring in December 1993. He is a lifelong member of Calvary Lutheran Church, New Windsor.