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John Munge

January 22, 1914 January 14, 2012
John Munge
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John Camile Munge, nearly 98, of Pekin passed away early Saturday morning, January 14, 2012 at Pekin Memorial Hospital. He was born January 22, 1914 in Roanoke, Illinois to John and Lucille Dinquel Munge. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Eileen Munge, nee Pfeiffer.  They married on September 30, 1938, and celebrated their seventy-third wedding anniversary last fall.  John is also survived by four children: daughters Sharon Munge of Pekin, Camille (Terry) Wieburg of Silverdale, WA, Suzanne (Mike) Hattery of Littleton, CO, and son Mark (Stacey) Munge of Las Vegas, Nevada. Five grandsons also survive: Brett and Trent Wieburg, Tyler and Brady Hattery and Ben Munge, along with four great grandchildren:  Mackenzie and Dominic Wieburg, and Avery and Lucy Hattery.  John was preceded in death by two infant sons, John Gary and Bradley Charles; two brothers, Edward and Camile Munge; and a sister, Melaine Munge.  As a child, “Johnny” moved from Roanoke to Pekin with his family.  He graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1932.  His work on his family farm as a young man evolved into a lifelong love of gardening.  His homegrown strawberries and tomatoes were a special treat shared by family and friends.  He helped build roads near Havana, IL for the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937, and in 1938 worked at American Distillery. His lifelong vocation was in sales at Quality House, Coca Cola, and Arterberry Motors, retiring from Fort and Schock in 1978. His work ethic was indisputable, but Johnny also loved to have fun. He enjoyed extensive travel at home and abroad with Dorothy, his children and many friends and family members. He was a dog lover and his pets knew how lucky they were.  He was a skilled ballroom dancer, and he and Dorothy loved to hit the dance floor.  He was also a self-taught musician, often regaling his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with songs on his concertina. John was a member of the Pekin Elks Club and served as an usher at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin for many years. An avid fisherman and hunter, he was also known as an excellent left-handed bowler and won many tournaments with his traveling Elks Club team, the Bears.  He loved golf and enjoyed watching golf and playing golf everywhere he traveled.  The highlight of his golfing career came in 1964 when he scored a hole-in-one on Parkway Golf Course’s #6 hole.  John was outgoing and eager to connect with everyone he met.  In his near century of living, his quick, bright smile and his youthful laugh never left him.  He was very affectionate with his family and they knew how much they were loved.  His strength, determination, work ethic, and his love of parties, music, and games are and always will be an inspiration to his entire family.  A funeral mass will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 21, officiated by Monsignor Timothy Nolan with a visitation one hour prior at the church.  Entombment at Glendale Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Pekin will follow the mass.   Memorials may be made to Tazewell County Animal Protection Society and to Saint Joseph Catholic School in Pekin.

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