The Obit For Russ Aungst

Russell John Aungst

Published in Daily Press on February 23, 2013

Newport News - Russell John Aungst, 90, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Mary Immaculate Hospital. Born in Pine Grove, PA, he had been a Peninsula resident for the past 54 years.

He was assigned as a navigator on a B-24 Bomber during part of his military service in the Army Air Corp. He later retired from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Col. in 1967 after 24 years of faithful service to his country which spanned service during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Following his military career, Russell went onto work with Civil Service and retired as procurement officer from AVLABS at Ft. Eustis.

Earlier in his life, he played professional baseball at the Minor League level in Syracuse, NY. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Gettysburg College. He was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church.

Mr. Aungst was preceded in death by a son, Neil Douglas Aungst; a brother, Danny Aungst; and a sister, Myrtle Rupp.

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Gladys Reinert Aungst of Newport News; his children, Marilyn Georg and husband, Bob, of Frederick, MD, Karen Gardiner and husband, Paul, of Hoschton, GA, Jeff Aungst and wife, Debra, of Columbus, OH and Cynthia Aungst of Chantilly, VA; a sister, Verna Hartman and husband, Jim, of Sinking Spring, PA; five grandchildren, Kelsey, Damon, Tim, Rachel and Neal; four great-grandchildren, Haley, Andrew, Pierce and Graham; and other extended family.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, February 24 at Weymouth Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2013 at Reformation Lutheran Church by Pastor David P. Gunderlach.

Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Reformation Lutheran Church, 13100 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23602.

Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.