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1 of 61 | Posted by: Andrea Fuller

“John and I were in college together at IWU. We were both in music education. My father was Varner Chance whom John had for his method courses and...Read More »
2 of 61 | Posted by: Rebecca (Chance) Carrington - IN

“Dear Pat,I was sorry to hear about John. May the God who "binds up the broken-hearted " and " comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during...Read More »
3 of 61 | Posted by: J F

“John was one one of the nicest and kindest people I had ever met. I will miss his thoughtful notes inviting me to concerts at Faith Lutheran Church...Read More »
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5 of 61 | Posted by: Beverly

“Dear John,May the angels lead you to heaven & may the martyrs welcome you home. I will always treasure the many times that I have spent at your...Read More »
6 of 61 | Posted by: Jack Markley - Phoenixville, PA

“So sorry to hear of John's death. Whatever will the WCHS class of '58 next reunion be like without him? Can't remember not knowing. We spent many...Read More »
7 of 61 | Posted by: Katherine Cluver Gerdes - TX

“RIP in peaceI was blessed to have him as a teacher at Chippewa Jr.High He loved his job and his students. I kept in touch through High School and...Read More »
8 of 61 | Posted by: Rebecca (Becky) Relken - Collins - GA

“At first, mr. Unger was just a customer who tried to make me talk; but later on he became a good friend more like family. Mr. Unger treated everyone...Read More »
9 of 61 | Posted by: Katelyn Luzier - Goodells, MI

“Ohh Mr Unger-- thank you thank you thank you for all of the memories.... VERY fond memories of you, choir class and Chippewa School. Seems like...Read More »
10 of 61 | Posted by: Tracy Lambert - Northern, MI

“I met John at Epworth Forest Choir School and enjoyed his radiant presence, sparkling leadership, and dashing good humor from 1960 - 1964, and then...Read More »
11 of 61 | Posted by: Kathryn De Lawter - New York, NY

“RIP Mr. Unger ”
12 of 61 | Posted by: Elizabeth (Taylor) Card - MI

“Mr Unger was my choir teacher at chippewa and I always would see him at the coffee shop I worked at always smiling never forgot who I was an...Read More »
13 of 61 | Posted by: Vicky Donachy (morgan) - MI

“John, you will be missed by so many! I remember fondly our teaching time together at Chippewa. Maybe now with you making music in heaven, the crazy...Read More »
14 of 61 | Posted by: Lynn Assaf - Fort Gratiot, MI

“Dearest Mr. Unger,You have showed us all the joy and true meaning of music. I have so many wonderful memories of choir class at Chippewa not to be...Read More »
15 of 61 | Posted by: Dorene Collingwood - Port Huron, MI

“I have so many wonderful songs in my head from Mr. Unger and my choir days at Chippewa. He included everyone in his choirs and was such a warm...Read More »
16 of 61 | Posted by: Amy Sheaffer - Burtchville, MI

“So sorry for your loss he was a great teacher. ”
17 of 61 | Posted by: Rachel Rivers - Port Huron, MI

“John was an enhusiastic teacher at Chippewa Middle School His love of music was contagious!Pax Domini, John!Catherine and Frank Forsyth ”
18 of 61 | Posted by: Catherine Forsyth - Traverse City, MI

“I was one of the unlucky ones as I attended schools in Illinois and was in choir for many years but couldn't play an instrument if I tried. However,...Read More »
19 of 61 | Posted by: Suzanne - Fort Gratiot, MI

“Dear Mr. Unger,I am so sorry to hear of your passing . You were such a great teacher and person and I have many fond memories of being your student...Read More »
20 of 61 | Posted by: Kim Lambert - Agoura Hills, CA

“For John and his family,Of all the teachers i had in life...John was the most compassionate and dedicated.He believed in me ans all his students...Read More »
21 of 61 | Posted by: Robert Greene Ii - Port Huron, MI

“Mr.Unger you taught my choir class in my junior high school.I was alway excited to see what you were going to teach us. You taught me to love music...Read More »
22 of 61 | Posted by: Sue (Hartman)Ortez - Oxford, MI

“To Mr. Unga ”
23 of 61 | Posted by: Sue Hartman (Hartman)Ortez

“Mr. Unger was a great band teacher! He will be missed by many. ”
24 of 61 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Unger was my choir teacher at Chippewa in the mid 70's. He was a great teacher that could always bring out the best in the students. He was the...Read More »
25 of 61 | Posted by: Tom Sawdon - Port Huron, MI

“Rest in peace Mr. Unger. You were a great teacher and human being. ”
26 of 61 | Posted by: fred baker - Fort Mohave, AZ

“I am a friend from Epworth Forest Choir School. Although we have missed John so much the past several years, he is and his memory will always remain...Read More »
27 of 61 | Posted by: Greg Childs - Churubusco, IN

“Mr. Unger was one of the best teachers at Chippewa. He was so compassionate about teaching and music. He was very kind and always smiling. My...Read More »
28 of 61 | Posted by: Angela Lewandowski - Port Huron, MI

“We at Epworth Forest Choir School will forever miss John. There is a whole in our hearts. I will especially miss his quick smile & plaid attire,...Read More »
29 of 61 | Posted by: Cheryl Stone-Stucker - Friend

“He was always a pleasure to see. He will be greatly missed ”
30 of 61 | Posted by: Gayle Graham - Port Huron, MI

“Day by dayDay by dayOh Dear LordThree things I prayTo see thee more clearlyLove thee more dearlyFollow thee more nearlyDay by dayGo with God John. ”
31 of 61 | Posted by: Mike Gutierrez

“John Unger you will be missed by all who knew and cared for you. ”
32 of 61 | Posted by: Joyce Bailey - Port Huron, MI

“I worked with Mr. Unger for many years at Chippewa Middle School. He was a kind and funny man. He would always bring me notes on a napkin in the...Read More »
33 of 61 | Posted by: Peggy Hobden - Clyde, MI

“Mr. Unger was a wonderful music teacher. He was always smiling and making us feel like we were stars. He treated every one of us with grace. His...Read More »
34 of 61 | Posted by: Susan (Max) Artman - Lakeland, FL

“Mr. Unger was my choir teacher at Chippewa in the late 70's. He will always be remembered for his love of music, his dedication to his students and...Read More »
35 of 61 | Posted by: Laura Fernandez-Nesbitt - MI

“John made a huge impact on Epworth Forest Choir School. I was amazed how he brought a diverse group of church vocalists/musicians together to create...Read More »
36 of 61 | Posted by: Brad Conn - Winamac, IN - Friend

“John was loved by many. He was a kind gentleman. Always smiling and friendly to all he came in contact with. He will be greatly missed. He is playing...Read More »
37 of 61 | Posted by: Mary Rushton - Kimball, MI

“A wonderful teacher ”
38 of 61 | Posted by: Mary Gardocki - Student

“Since hearing this sad news via social media , I've found myself reliving many wonderful up-lifting memoriesfrom those brief years at Chippewa under...Read More »
39 of 61 | Posted by: Valerie Weir Van Til

“Mr Unger you will go on forever living in so many hearts that you have touched over all the years you taught, You didn't just teach music, but...Read More »
40 of 61 | Posted by: Monique Colwell - Port Huron, MI

“I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. He was my teacher and is still one of the reasons I love and respect music so much. I've been telling my...Read More »
41 of 61 | Posted by: Natalie Gerspach-Nagappala - CA

“Not a day that this man did not uplift my soul! He was a mentor and a favorite of many! R.I.p. My friend Mr. Unger ”
42 of 61 | Posted by: Kim wood - Kimball, MI - Teacher

“So sorry to hear this. I remember John used to come onto my flower shop, he loved flowers, and I had a nice piano there, he would play a little...Read More »
43 of 61 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest in Peace Mr. Unger. Thank you for being so great with your students and for the years of music. I remember you fondly. Respects to the...Read More »
44 of 61 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Unger was one of kind. If everyone could have a teacher like him the world would be a better place. I love you Mr. Unger thank you for being a...Read More »
45 of 61 | Posted by: Regina Williams - OH

“Mr. Unger believed in me and helped develop my musical talent. He encouraged me to reach for the stars and to be the best person I can be. Mr....Read More »
46 of 61 | Posted by: Norma Kittridge - Gig Harbor,, WA

“So sorry for your lose. Mr.Unger was my music teacher at Chippewa, I have always had great memories of my time in his class. He had a great heart. ”
47 of 61 | Posted by: Liane Kemp - Port Huron, MI

“John was an incredible man with a vibrant soul and zest for life and music. We had the honor of his knowledge and passion for Enter Stage Right's...Read More »
48 of 61 | Posted by: Brian, Regina, Wesley, & Marisa Spain - MI

“Many years as teacher, friend, colleague, and spritual advisor. You will truly be missed. ”
49 of 61 | Posted by: Bill Kenner - Marysville, MI

“He was such a sweet soul. Was one of my favorite teachers. He will truly be missed. ”
50 of 61 | Posted by: Treasa Nunez - Port huron, MI

“So sorry to hear of your passing ”
51 of 61 | Posted by: Mary Cox - Fort graiot - Friend

“So sorry to hear of your passing ”
52 of 61 | Posted by: Mary Cox - Fort graiot - Friend

“Awe my heart is so heavy to have lost such a great man on this earth. Mr. Unger made you feel special! He had a great passion for music and you felt...Read More »
53 of 61 | Posted by: Renee Soulliere - Port Huron, MI

“We will miss your smile, compassion and friendship. Chippewa middle school music class was so enjoyable because of you. ”
54 of 61 | Posted by: Cindy Cline - Port huron, MI

“Condolences to Mr. Unger's family. He was the kindest, most inspiring teacher I had at Chippewa middle school back in the early 80's. May he rest in...Read More »
55 of 61 | Posted by: Jamie Jonseck (Weichsler) - MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. I had him as a band teacher at Chippewa middle school. I after school i was lucky enough to call him my friend. I will...Read More »
56 of 61 | Posted by: Andrea Kinney - Clyde, MI

“Mr. Unger was such a great influence on so many of the area children, myself included. He will truly be sadly missed but fondly remembered. The world...Read More »
57 of 61 | Posted by: Brian Cline - Port Huron, MI

“John leaves a legacy of music in the community touching many youth in his teaching and adults in his music ministry. I recall when my parents sang...Read More »
58 of 61 | Posted by: David Coulter - Sevierville, TN

“So very sorry for your loss. Mr Unger was my music teacher and I always said he was a Super Star ”
59 of 61 | Posted by: Wanfa VanBuskirk - Burtchville, MI

“I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Ungers passing. He was an amazing teacher and will be remembered always. ”
60 of 61 | Posted by: Renee Armstrong - Port huron, MI

“We were very sad to read this! Back in our First Congregational days, the three of us put together a youth choir for the church that met Sunday...Read More »
61 of 61 | Posted by: Jon and Bethany Howard - Warsaw, IN


John Edward Unger, 77, of Clyde died Friday, April 28, 2017.

He was born April 22, 1940 in Danville, Illinois to the late Margaret and LeRoy Unger.

John grew up in the country near East Lynn, Illinois until moving to Watseka, Illinois at the age of 8. He attended Watseka grade and high schools. He was very active in all areas of music including singing, piano and saxophone. He was also active in the Watseka Methodist Church.

From 1958-1962 he attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois where he majored in music education. Later he received an MS degree in music at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. John taught both vocal and instrumental music in Bloomington, Illinois, Valparaiso, Indiana and Port Huron. John retired from teaching in 1996 and was currently the Music Director at Faith Lutheran Church in Port Huron.

He loved people. He was a happy jovial soul and a beautiful Christian. He was a true Unger. His companion throughout the years was always a dog whom he loved.

John is survived by his sister, Pat Miller of Rockford, Illinois; nephew, Stephen (Joan) Miller of Rockford, Illinois; niece, Holly (Douglas) Traxler of Oakton, Virginia; great nieces, Olivia Miller of Denver, Colorado and Victoria Traxler of Oakton, Virginia; great nephews, Daniel and Jack Traxler of Oakton, Virginia; and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:00 am in Faith Lutheran Church, Port Huron, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Committal services will be held at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, Illinois on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 12 noon where he will be buried with his parents.

Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are by Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.

John's family wishes to thank all of the doctors and nurses at McLaren Hospital and also Pastor Mark Huff and all of his wonderful friends in Port Huron. He loved you all so much.

For complete information visit Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.