Memorial Service: Saturday June 29, 2013 High Desert SDA Church 16663 A Street Victorville, CA 92392
Obituary: John Charles Munger was born in Glendale, California on June 17, 1945 to Perry and Vadah Munger. John spent some of his childhood in Prosser, WA and Shafter, CA; and most of his young adulthood in Mariposa, CA where Perry Munger built the family home in 1962. In 1967, John married his first wife, Cheryl, and together, they adopted Tonya Munger in 1970. Cheryl and John were divorced in 1973, and John met a nurse named Jeanette Marie Mendonca shortly afterward. Jeanette and John were married on April 21, 1974 and had two children together during the following 8 years. With Jeanette's help and support, John decided to attend a mortuary science school in Sacramento, CA. John would later achieve his goal of obtaining an Embalmer's license in 1985. John and his two children experienced great sadness when Jeanette passed away in 1982. Wishing to find a new mother for his two young children, John again searched the nurse's station and met Janell Reesa Harris in January, 1983. John and Janell were later married in April of that same year. Both John and Janell had serious health problems over the next thirteen years. In 1985, John lost his only remaining kidney due to life-long hypertension, but was blessed with an almost perfectly matched replacement kidney in 1986. Janell's health steadily declined and in 1994, John was grief-stricken when he found Janell had passed away in their apartment. Undaunted by his loss and sorrow, John re-married his first wife, Cheryl, on June 25, 1995. Unfortunately soon after they were again divorced. In 2001, John had a debilitating stroke that almost claimed his life. He decided he should no longer live alone and moved to Apple Valley, CA where he lived with his dear friend, Mary Munger, who provided care and companionship for him. They later moved to Hesperia, CA where he continued to live with her until January, 2012 when he moved to Cypress Gardens in Riverside, CA. During the last year and a half of his life at Cypress Gardens, he quickly became a favorite among the nurses and staff. His friendliness and constant faith in God was a witness to all. On June 18, 2013, a mere day after his 68th birthday, at 5:30 am, John passed away quietly and peacefully in his sleep.
John's mission in life was to help others deal with the pain of losing a loved one. He ministered to grieving families by embalming their loved ones and making them look as peaceful as possible. He was also able to connect with and understand grieving families with sincerity based on his experiences with grief and loss. John's friendly, hardworking attitude in life gained him the respect and admiration of many who knew him. He was always ready with a joke and a smile to lighten the mood. He was most happy when he was busy, and he always had some project that he was tinkering on. When he put his mind to doing something, he kept working on it until he figured out how to do it. Later on in life, when he was no longer able to continue embalming, John kept active by helping his friends, Dean and Conrad, by serving as a handyman to maintain their rentals. Although his life was filled with continual struggle and sadness, John never lost his faith in the Lord. His deep abiding love and passion for Christ was a testament to many throughout his life. His constant hope was for the joy of the second coming and the resurrection of those resting in Christ. As fellow believers in Christ's gift of salvation and eternal life, we can be encouraged with the hope that we will see all of our loved ones who sleep in Jesus when He returns.