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David W. Unger

June 2, 1940 ~ July 9, 2021 (age 81)

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David W. Unger
July 9, 2021

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.” - President John F. Kennedy

David W. Unger, 81, was called by his eternal father on July 9, 2021 at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

Born in Pottsville, June 2, 1940, he was the son of the late William V. and Leona I. Unger (nee Petry).

He attended Pottsville Area High School, and later gained his GED while serving in the US Army from 1962 to 1965.   He held his Real Estate and Appraisal licenses from the State of Pennsylvania.  In addition to serving his country, he spent many years as an entrepreneur, and finished his career as a civil servant.

Married to Linda M. Daubert on April 20, 1968, they owned and operated The Wax Kettle and Unger’s TV & Appliance.  The Wax Kettle was started in the family home in Pine Grove, PA, and then relocated to Schuylkill Haven, PA.  The centerpiece of the business was its own artisanal  candles.  Later, Unger’s TV & Appliance became the largest exclusive Zenith dealer in central Pennsylvania.  

After the passing of his first wife, Dave married his second wife Cheryl R. Jones (nee McAllen) on December 4, 1999.  With Cheryl at his side, he finished his career as the Chief Assessor of Schuylkill County, PA, and they retired together to North East, MD. 

Any program could expect to be raised to a higher level when Dave was involved.  4-H members were given whatever time, materials, and expertise they required.  The Boy Scouts could count on him to serve as a Leader at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation.  In his time as a Board Member of the Schuylkill County Fair Association, he helped oversee immense growth of the midway, eventually leading to annual sell-outs and waiting lists.

In his later years, Dave found a calling to be near the water, and he exercised this calling primarily on the Chesapeake Bay, with North East, MD as his final home.  He also rediscovered his love of model airplanes, and was an active member of the Buck R/C Club.

Dave was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda M. Unger (nee Daubert); and his second wife, Cheryl R. Unger (nee McAllen).

Surviving is a son, Matt Unger and his wife Jeniva; two grandchildren, Alexis and Lindy.

A graveside ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. July 31, 2021 at the Schuylkill Church of the Brethren, 347 Sweet Arrow Lake Road, Pine Grove with Pastor Mike Barnhart officiating.  Interment of ashes will be in the Schuylkill Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Pine Grove, PA.

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Graveside Service
July 31, 2021

11:00 AM
Schuylkill Church of the Brethren Cemetery
347 Sweet Arrow Lake Rd.
Pine Grove, PA 17963

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