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Donald J. Unger

Donald J. Unger passed away April 21, 2013. He was 91.

A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Don was born March 2, 1922, in San Francisco to Joseph and Clara (Peggy) Unger.

He attended schools in San Francisco and graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in 1939. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, from 1940 and graduated in 1948 with a B.S. in industrial engineering.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946, as a pilot in the Air Transport Command in North Africa. Don later served in the USAF from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War, as a procurement officer in the AF Air Materiel Command.

In 1947, Don married Beverlee Peters in San Francisco. They had four children, Donald Jr. (deceased), Peter, Richard and Betsy.

Bev and Don lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Don worked as an engineer in manufacturing for 25 years. In 1973, Bev and Don moved from Danville, Calif., to Alta Sierra, when he started Cedar Ridge Building Materials Co. Beverlee passed away in 1985 after 38 wonderful years together.

In 1986, Don married Ruth Curnow Halls. They traveled for many years as long as health permitted. Ruth and Don were longtime members of Empire Country Club and Beer and Tubs. They spent 25 wonderful years together until Ruth passed away in 2011.

Don and Jim Dierberger were co-founders of Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Don also volunteered for Hospice of the Foothills, was a past president of Nevada County Contractors Association and was a member of Madison Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, American Legion and Grass Valley Rotary Club.

Don is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Peter and Patti Unger, Dr. Richard Unger and Dr. Betsy Matlock; daughter and son-in-law Betsy and Charles Niemeyer; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Trinity Episcopal Church endowment fund or Hospice of the Foothills.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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