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Robert Junk

February 21, 2011

Robert Junk died on January 26 at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, Maryland.
    Mr. Robert Junk was born on September 2, 1920, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was the last surviving of the 14 children of John and Ellen (Kintz) Junk.
    He was a member of Precious Blood Parish and a 1939 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne.
    Mr. Junk started working his way through college at Indiana University by driving a bookmobile for the Fort Wayne Public Library before he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
    He and six of his brothers served in different branches of the military during World War II. After the war, he returned to pursue his education at Indiana University, where he earned a degree in journalism in 1947 and was editor of the university newspaper. He was doing newspaper work in Muncie, Indiana, when he was called by the Air Force Reserves to return to active duty in the Korean War. He flew 49 missions.
    After the war, he returned to newspaper work — later as co-owner of The Lawrence Journal — when he met a U.S. representative from Indiana (Ralph Harvey), who hired him as administrative assistant in 1966. The job took him to Washington, D.C., where he lived across the street from the Supreme Court. When the Congressman retired, he was offered a job by another Congressman (Roger H. Zion, for whom he worked from 1967-1974) and then a third (Elwood H. "Bud" Hillis, for whom he worked from 1975-1983) for a total of 25 years of employment on Capitol Hill.
    Mr. Junk moved to Charlestown Retirement Community in 1990.
In 2007, he was interviewed for an oral history project documenting World War II. The Veterans History Project is available from the Library of Congress.
    Mr. Junk was predeceased by his 13 siblings: Sister Mary Luca CPPS (nee Gertrude Delores), Rosella (Otto Vlasaty), Sister Emiliana CPPS (nee Gladys Mary), Raymond (Margaret Troendly), Father Walter CPPS, Cletus (Dorothy Urbine), Aletha (Leon Kohne), John (Marcelline Groman), Edward (Maryellen Christle), Kathryn, Alvina (Daniel Falvy), Marcellus (Dorothy McKenzie), and Leo (Mary LaVerne Morton).
    He is survived by sister-in-law, Marcelline Junk, and a large number of nieces and nephews.
    A funeral mass for Mr. Junk will be held on April 9 at 1 p. m. at Precious Blood Church in Fort Wayne.
    Intended burial is at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.
    A memorial mass will be held on September 3 at p.m. at Charlestown Community Center in Catonsville, Maryland.
    Gifts may be given in memory of Mr. Junk to Precious Blood School for tuition grants.
    Condolences may be directed to Kenneth Junk, 6922 London Derry Lane, Fort Wayne, IN, 46835.
 

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