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John W. Unger

May 6, 1940 December 27, 2017
John W. Unger
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Obituary for John W. Unger

John W. Unger of Royal Oak died peacefully at home December 27, 2017. He was 77 years old. John was born May 6, 1940, in Detroit to Theresa (nee Murphy) and Russell Unger.

John was best known for his love of Christmas. For over 35 years he was a larger than life presence in the Royal Oak area. He was well known for his Christmas House. John would light up the neighborhood from December 1st to December 31st. Many would try to get him to turn on the lights after the 31st, but the answer was “NO, come back next year and see what is new”. He would wear a Santa hat wherever he would go and talk to all the kids and tell them to be good little boys and girls.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 54 year, Ethlyn M. (nee Kniffen) Unger and children, John N. (Kathy) Unger, Norma K. Unger, Russell L. (Jennifer) Unger, William D. (Darlene) Unger, Timothy T. (Angela) Unger, Scott A. (Stephanie) Unger, and Megan M. Unger. He is also survived by his brother, David P. (Barbara) Unger, 28 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 3 nieces, and 1 nephew. John is preceded in death by his daughter, Heather M. Jackson, father, Russell W. Unger, mother, Theresa K. Unger, and brother, R. Thomas Unger.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Thursday, December 28th 3-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Woodward at 12 Mile Road, Friday, December 29th at 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am.

Memorials appreciated to Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, Michigan 48033 or the charity of donor’s choice.


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