Norman Knight Jungk, 88, St. Joseph, MO

Published 02/11 2014 08:34AM

Updated 02/11 2014 08:36AM

Norman Knight Jungk, 88, of St. Joseph, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away Sunday, February 9th, 2014. Norman was born April 25, 1925 in Topeka, KS. He married Leslie Louise Grubb May 27th, 1944 who survives the home.

He served with the Navy for 3 years on the battleship Pennsylvania and the converted assault ship LCI 1056 in the Pacific theatre during WWII. Following his service he studied and graduated from the University of Kansas with Bachelor and Master Degrees in microbiology and chemistry & attended the University of Minnesota for further post graduate studies. He was employed in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry from 1953 until 1992. He joined Phillips Roxane, Inc . in 1970 where he served successfully as Director of Quality Control, Pharmaceutical Research , and Regulatory Affairs . While there he assisted the development of two vaccines for measles

Norman served as chairmen of the Committee on Biologicals of the Animal Health Institute in 1974. In 1977 he received an Award for Special Assistance on the National Symposium on Rabies held at Guadalajara, Mexico. He was cited by the United State Department of Agriculture for outstanding and distinguished leadership in the development of standard test requirements for veterinary medicine. He retired from Philips Roxane ’s successor company Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica , Inc. in December 1992.

Following retirement, along with his wife Leslie Louise, he was active 3 days a week for 12 years as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Kansas City in the construction of low cost affordabl.e housing for the working poor in the inner city of Kansas City, MO. During his 12 years with Habitat he assisted in the construction of over 95 homes. He also served to provide counselling, encouragement and support when needed and was given the unofficial title as advocate for Habitat home owners. In December 2002 Norman was given an honorary dinner and the first Kansas City Habitat annual award as Volunteer of the Year.

Norman was an Eagle Scout and was given the honor of placing the eagle sash on his great-grandson Keifer in 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Emma Jungk. Surviving are his wife Leslie Louise of the home, five sons and their spouses: David H. Jungk, Ocala, FL; Donald N. Jungk and wife Patricia, Oaxaca, Mexico; Dale W. Jungk and wife Mary Babbs, St. Joseph; Dana Allen Jungk and wife Lola, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Mark L. Jungk and wife Mary Beth, Platte City, MO ; one brother Warren Jungk and wife Barbara , Bluffton , SC; brother in law Max Gerald Grubb and wife Roda, McAllen , TX; five grandchildren and spouses : Erica Jungk Martin, St. Joseph ; Misti Heide and husband Brian, Mountain Home, AR; Adam Jungk, Brooklyn , NY ; Amanda Jungk, St. Joseph; Brian Jungk, St. Joseph, and six great grandchildren : Keifer, Conner & Mattie Martin ; Emily & Macie Heide, and Cadence Buckler.

Memorial Service 7:00 PM Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hands of Hope Hospice, St, Joseph, MO, Habitat for Humanity, Kansas City, MO or to Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

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