Donald E. Lunger

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Donald E. Lunger of Whites Ferry Road, Falls, died Monday at home.

Born in Benton Twp., Columbia County, on June 27, 1924, son of the late Furman and Mary Edwards Lunger, he attended Benton High School and served with the Marine Corps during World War II. For many years, he worked for the American Breeder Service breeding cows in Wyoming, Bradford and Susquehanna counties. He retired in 1990 from the AAA Motor Club of Scranton.

Don enjoyed playing baseball and played on a AA baseball team in the Allentown area before moving to Wyoming County. For many years, he served as a Little League and teener coach for the Christy Mathewson Little League. He was an avid bowler in many local leagues. Don was a member of Black Walnut Legion Post 510 and Lake Winola United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday school teacher and helped with the preparation of its annual venison dinner.

He was an active member of Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club and, in 1986, was one of the main organizers for the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair. Don was the longest-serving chairman of the agricultural area for the fair. He was the recipient of the Kiwanis International Hixson Award in 2001 and, in 1999, was the recipient of the Tunkhannock Area Middle School Builders Club Community Service Award.

He was an avid Phillies fan and enjoyed golfing with family and friends. In particular, he loved his garden and was very proud of how it looked. Don enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren as they participated in horseback riding events and other sports.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Emilie Kerlin Lunger; a son, Edward Lunger, Tunkhannock; daughter, Judy Johnson, Falls; grandchildren, Amy Yuhas and husband, George, Falls; Melissa Harvey, Los Angeles; great-grandchildren, Courtney Garrett and Olivia Yuhas; brothers, Robert and wife, Jane, Dalton; Leo and wife, Evelyn, Shrewsbury, Pa.; and Furman and wife, Dorothy, Springville; and a sister, Annabelle Sands, Tunkhannock.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Vernon and James Lunger; and sisters, Marguerite Roberts and Dorothy Heinrich.

Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. from the Lake Winola United Methodist Church by the Rev. Joan Dodson. Interment will be in Chapel Lawn Cemetery in Dallas.

Friends may call Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Most Improved Student of the Year award, P.O. Box 419, Tunkhannock, PA 18657. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneral home.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 30, 2013
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