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Gerald Karl Monger, 75, a lifelong resident of Elkton, went home to the Lord on Saturday evening, March 9, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.
He was born Dec. 28, 1937, the second of 10 children, to the late Floyd Weaver and Virginia Vivian Alger Monger in Elkton.
He graduated from Elkton High School in 1956 and later joined the United States Army Reserves.
Gerald worked for the family business, Monger Brothers Contractors, for several years before going to work for the Town of Elkton, where he retired in 2000 as the town manager.
As a lifelong member of Bethel United Church of Christ, he served as elder, Sunday school teacher, treasurer, moderator and deacon. He and his wife were also youth leaders for many years.
He was a loyal and dedicated member of the Jr. Order of United American Mechanics, Lodge No. 149, where he held various local offices and served as a State Councilor. At the time of his death he was also a State Trustee.
Gerald was a life member of Elkton Volunteer Fire Company, where he held numerous titles and was instrumental in the founding of the Elkton Emergency Squad.
On April 28, 1962, he married Jeroline “Jerry” A. Morris, who survives.
Gerald is also survived by two daughters, Tracey Monger Breeden and husband, Tony, and Amy Monger, all of Elkton; three grandchildren, Jennifer Stroop and husband, Aaron, of McGaheysville, Cody Monger and Kara Hensley of Elkton and Jessica Moubray and fiancé, Brandon Bosserman, of Shenandoah; two step-grandchildren, Tonya Kisling and husband, Chris, of Elkton and Lori Breeden & fiancé, Dustin Taylor of Port Republic and two step-great-grandchildren, Alexis and Dakota Kisling.
Also surviving are siblings, Loyce Hensley of Elkton, Susie Knicely and husband, Charlie, of Dayton, Linda Monger of McGaheysville, Larry Monger and wife, Judy, of Harrisonburg, Janet Secrist and Eddie of Elkton, Philip Monger and wife, Mary Jane, of Elkton, Debbie Correa and husband, Joe, of Weyers Cave and Vivian Michael and husband, Donnie, of Madison; sister-in-law, Vivian Monger of Elkton and many, many nieces and nephews
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Nathan Wayne Moubray and Christopher Luke Jerrells; one brother, Ray William Wayne Monger; and brother-in-law, Warren Harding Hensley. Pastor Dan Bassett will conduct the funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Bethel United Church of Christ in Elkton. Interment will follow at Elk Run Cemetery.
The family will receive family and friends Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the church. Friends may also call the Monger home at any time.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Bethel United Church of Christ, Elkton Fire Company or Elkton Rescue Squad.
Arrangements are with Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Online condolences may be sent to the Monger family by visiting www.kygers.com .