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Robert W. Junge

Robert W. Junge

Robert W. Junge, 80, of New Athens, IL, born April 26, 1941 in St. Louis, MO, passed away Sunday August 1, 2021 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of the New Athens Commercial Club.  He had worked as a loan officer for a local bank, an insurance agent and a school bus driver for the New Athens #60 school district. He loved golfing, deer hunting and an avid racing fan having attended the Indy 500 56 times.

Mr. Junge was preceded in death by his parents; Walter and Mildred (Kropp) Junge and his sister; Carol Jean Sminchak.

Robert is survived by his wife; Lucy J. (Wunderlich) Junge of New Athens, who he married on May 1, 1965 at St. Joseph Church in Neier, MO, one son; Greg (Noelle) Junge of St. Jacob, IL, two grandchildren; Kristin and David Junge, 2 nieces; Deborah Diecker and Cherri Bogaski and two nephews; Mike Manbeck and Mark Walls.

Memorials in Robert’s honor may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society.

In keeping with Mr. Junge’s wishes, cremation will take place.

Visitation: Friends and family may gather from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday August 28, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL.

Memorial Service; Services will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday August 28, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL with dear family friend Jeff Thornton officiating.

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  1. Scott Weaver says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  2. Gail Cockrell says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a very happy soul with a tremendous passion of taking and sharing photos of the kids games and sporting events. Always ready for a joke or a laugh. He had an infectious smile and we were better people to have known him. He will always be thought of fondly and never forgotten. Prayers for strength!

  3. Chiyoko Louise Gussin née Miller says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mr Junge’s passing. My sincerest condolences to the family. 💕

  4. Diane Weilmuenster says:

    Deepest Sympathy to Lucy and her family.

  5. Mary Dudeck Haislip says:

    My sincerest condolences to Lucy, Greg, and the rest of the family. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time!

  6. Erica Wobbe says:

    To Bob’s Family,
    He was such a kind soul. I remember playing basketball on the driveway with him, visiting him and Lucy with my dad and all the countless sporting events he drove us to and was our biggest supporter. May he Rest In Peace .

  7. Kristin Junge says:

    Thank you to everyone who posted about my grandfather. It is so touching to see the lives he has impacted. We appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers in this difficult time!

    • Sally S Smith says:

      My very deepest sympathies to your family. I have nothing but fond memories of Bob as we grew up together, from first grade thru high school. We lived across the road from each other, ice skated on the creek behind the house, and shared HHS life. My prayers are with you.

  8. Bryan and Darlene Rausch says:

    Lucy and Greg, we were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We always loved chatting with him. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bryan and Darlene

  9. Lucy, Greg and Family
    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Bob was one in a million, always smiling! His love and support for the girl’s sports when he drove bus will never be forgotten. He treated all those kids like they were his own. He will be dearly missed.

  10. Steve and Charlotte Newbold says:

    Lucy, Greg, and family,
    We are very sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. We got to know him from his days at the bank, and we remember him as a neighbor and familiar face in the community. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. susan owen says:

    Lucy and family,
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was one of a kind, always kept me entertained when he would pop in to see us in the kitchen at school! He will be missed greatly.

    Loving thoughts and prayers,
    Susie Owen

  12. Debbie Main (Sauerwein) says:

    Lucy, Greg and family.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bob will be remembered by all the visits he and Max made when I was in the yard working. A true neighbor and friend. He will be missed by many. Until we meet again. RIP my friend.

  13. Mark Stehl says:

    Lucy and family, words cannot express how sorry I am to find out about Bob’s passing. Words of condolences just aren’t enough at this time. Bob was definitely one in a million. He knew no strangers. If you met him once you had a friend for life. He was always smiling and made those around him smile as well. The world lost a true gem of a person in Bob. May God comfort and Bless you in your time of need. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    • Gail Cockrell says:

      So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a very happy soul with a tremendous passion of taking and sharing photos of the kids games and sporting events. Always ready for a joke or a laugh. He had an infectious smile and we were better people to have known him. He will always be thought of fondly and never forgotten. Prayers for strength!

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