Mr. Kenneth Charles Junge, Sr., age 88, of Nashville departed this life at Friendship Manor Healthcare Center in Nashville on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. while his wife held his hand. He had attained the age of 88 years, five months and four days.
Mr. Junge was born on October 4, 1926 at his parents’ house in Nashville. He was the oldest son of Edwin and Edna (Luebke) Junge. On December 3, 1949 he was united in marriage to Barbara Brugere and she survives his passing. They were known as the original “Barbie and Ken”. He was a lifelong Lutheran and a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville where he once was a choir member and a Sunday school teacher.
Ken served his country in the United States Navy during Korean War and World War II. He worked for the government as an Archivist until his retirement. After his retirement he travled with his wife through the United States for the Lutheran Witness Digest. Ken and Barb spent many winters in Florida at the Woodland Lutheran Campgrounds until they were unable to travel. Ken enjoyed woodworking, he set up in his garage a safe place for neighborhood kids to learn and make woodcrafts. He lovingly referred to them as “the shop kids.” He also enjoyed reading, always learning, playing cards, spending time with his children and grandchildren, traveling and helping others.
Left to mourn his passing is his devoted wife Barbara of Nashville; four children, Martie (Sam) Jack, Ashley; Ken (Waultruad) Junge, Jr., Colorado; Patricia “Trish” (Bill) Lints, Colorado; Wayne (Pam) Junge, Nevada and raised and loved like a son, Rich (Sue) Crow, Missouri. Grandchildren Ira (Amanda) Jack, Matt (Sarah) Jack, Rebecca (Howard) Davis, Stephanie Barton and friend Matt Bock, Bianca (Aldo) Mendoza, Christopher (Mary) Junge, Kristy Lints, Brian Lints, Bethany (Luke) Durnbaugh, Derik Lints, Sara Mothershead, Jessica Junge and friend Leroy Hunt and Jackie Junge; Ken also had 14 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; three sisters, Doloris Roethemeyer, Lorna Graf and Sylvia (Kurtz) Stiteler; a brother-in-law, Melvin (Lois) Brugere and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Evelyn Eagen; two brothers-in-law, George Graf and Ralph Roethemeyer, and grandson, Michael Lints and great grandson, Jeremy Davis.
Funeral service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville on Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Paul Cwynar officiating and with interment in the church cemetery.
Military graveside rite will be accorded by the American Legion Post 110.
Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. and at the church from 9 a.m. until the service hour.
Should friends desire memorials can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.
Online expressions of sympathy can be made at www.campagnafuneralhomes.com.