Christopher John Junghans

ChrisObitB&WChristopher (Chris) John Junghans passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 at his home in Springfield, VA with his sister, Faith, and caregiver, Tammy, at his side.

Chris was born on November 12, 1959 in Trenton, NJ, the son of John Anthony Junghans and Mary Jo Fitzgibbon Junghans. A child of a military family, Chris grew up in many places including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, Germany, then finally Virginia.

Chris graduated from West Springfield High School in 1978. He wrestled in high school, and taught himself to play the guitar, which he enjoyed greatly. Chris loved English literature and philosophy, a double major in which he earned a BA from University of Virginia.

With an aptitude for writing, Chris was a newsletter editor, a newspaper journalist, as well as a speech writer for George H. W. Bush’s campaign, leading to a presidential appointment at the Department of Agriculture. Throughout his career, Chris continued to be active in politics and was awarded his Doctorate of Education from Montana State University. Chris was a teacher in both Montana and Virginia, with his students lovingly referring to him as “Dr. J”.

Chris was fluent in German, and was a Visiting Fellow at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. With the name Junghans, his German family name, Chris started his own business, Junghans & Sons to sell Junghans time pieces in the United States. Chris exclusively drove Volkswagens after driving his first car, the infamous blue Dodge Dart Swinger with hood scoops in High School.

Chris loved to cook and was known for his roast meats, as well as sautéed scallops and killer Reuben’s. While living in Montana, he had a passion for creating specialty microbrews. Chris had a large circle of family and friends who cared about him deeply. At UVA, Chris and some of his closest friends created a private club known as the “Shrews”. Due to Chris’s charisma and strong character he was Shrew No. 1. His deep blue eyes and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who love and miss him dearly.

Chris is survived by his father, John Anthony Junghans and stepmother, Cynthia Ann of Delray Beach FL; his mother, Mary Jo Fitzgibbon Junghans; his sister, Faith Bernadette and nephew, Benjamin Paul Heap of Corvallis, OR; his brother, Philip Seraphin; sister-in-law, Alice, and niece, Angelina Grace, of Spangdahlem, Germany, as well as his five children: John Anthony (Tony) of Bozeman MT; Philip Nicolas (Luca) of Seattle, WA; Erich Christian, Mary Faith, and Logan Christopher of Bozeman, MT.

Please note: The memorial mass over Veteran’s Day weekend (Nov. 8-11, 2013) will be rescheduled. Please come to a Get Together to remember Chris on November 2nd at Joe Theismann’s Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria from 4-6pm. The family welcomes your condolences and memories of Chris on this site.

10 Responses to Christopher John Junghans

  1. Mary Delanty Driver says:

    Since it has been since college that I have seen Chris, I will remember him as he looks in this picture… with his great smile and his twinkling eyes. May he rest in peace.

  2. Joe Quinn says:

    I am totally shocked and saddened. I havent seen Chris since he left DC in the ’80’s for Germany, and I returned to work in NYC; we met each other when Chris joined Leadership Foundation to work alongside my friends and my dear friend Martha Rountree (cofounder of Meet the Press) and I was deeply involved with creating political leader youth exchanges with El Salvador. I only got back in touch less than 2 years ago via facebook. But I still feel like he and I are brothers. I am terribly terribly sad to learn this. My deepest condolences to Chris’ many friends and family.

  3. Jane Hensley says:

    This news is so heart wrenching. Chris was such a beautiful man with the biggest heart and smile. I miss you, my friend.

  4. Susan (Carper) York says:

    So saddened to hear this news. Chris was one of the special individuals that I was blessed to have pass through my life. I remember all the fun times hanging with each other and our friends in high school. Chris was like a ray of sunshine – I seriously don’t recall ever seeing him in a bad mood or down on life. He was genuine. I had lost touch with Chris until Facebook and reconnected. My prayers and thought are with his family and children. He was such a great person and I’m sure a great man to you all. Chris…thank you for being a genuine friend of mine – I’ll miss you daily.

  5. Ellen Hilburn says:

    I am so, so sorry for this great loss. I don’t know what else to say but I will keep you all in my prayers. Chris is now with the angels and in a much better place. I send my deepest condolences to your entire family.

  6. Steve Burrow says:

    I am so saddened about this news. I didn’t get to know Chris until later in his life, but we became quick friends and comrades. I have missed our lunches together since he left KMS. We would still talk on the phone and meet once in awhile to have a relaxing time. Chris was a great friend and a stand-up kind of guy. He would do anything he could to support his friends. I will miss him dearly. My Sympathies go out to all of his family.

  7. Mike Clow says:

    Chris student taught in my classroom and later became my colleague. He was creative and visionary, a leader. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and send heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  8. Brandon Linse says:

    Mr. Junghans taught a journalism course at Bozeman High School. I was privileged to take this class and to be taught by him in 1999 and 2000. I had been searching online for him just today and was shocked to read of his passing. Mr. Junghans was likely the best teacher I have ever had and truly inspired me and many others. I will never forget the positive influence he has had on my life.

  9. Myriah says:

    Missing you so much my love. I wish you were here to see our beautiful children grow up. Keep watching over us angel. We love you.

  10. Linda Hernandez says:

    My favorite teacher & one of my very few favorite people in this world. I had an instant connection with him because we both speak German. He introduce me to one of my now favorite bands the Smashing Pumpkins. I had only listened to them because he did & fell in love. I hear the songs & they remind me of Dr. J his love for music & guitar playing, his deep blue eyes, & the friendliest genuine smile. So many great memories, I can’t even begin.

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