Chhuon Ung

Born: Mon., Jun. 2, 1941
Died: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 24, 2018
Location: First Baptist Church of Juniata County

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 24, 2018
Location: First Baptist Church of Juniata County

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     Chhuon Ung, 76, a long-time resident of Mifflintown, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

     Born June 2, 1941 in the village of Prey Krabas of Takeo in Cambodia, he was a son of the late Chhean and Kim Horn Ung. His loving wife of 54 years, Cheav Aing Ung, died on Nov. 15, 2014.

     He is survived by five children,  Mardiny Ung of Elizabethtown, Dr. Padiwath Ung and wife, Aileen, of West End, NC, Manila Ung Sheaffer and husband, Glenn, of Mifflintown, Pisey Ung Wolfe and husband, David, of New Milford, CT, Dr. Chheany Ung of Roanoke, VA, fourteen grandchildren, two brothers and one sister.

     In 1975, Chhuon, his wife Cheav, and their then four children, who ranged in age from two months to nine years, fled Cambodia which had come under the control of the genocidal Khmer Rouge during the Cambodian Civil War.  Because of his ranking as lieutenant in the Cambodian Navy maintenance department, he and his family were given priority to board one of the ships to escape.  The U.S., unlike many of the other countries where the ships had ported, offered a safe haven for the refugees.  Chhuon and his family and the other refugees were sent to Fort Indiantown Gap.  While residing there, Chhuon volunteered as a motion picture projectionist for the 4th PSYOP Group Element to help in their mission in support of Operation New Arrivals. Eventually through a Catholic Diocese in Dubois, PA, he and his family were sponsored by Walt T. and E. Winifred Chapman, two founding members of NASCAR.  Chhuon worked as a mechanic for Mr. Chapman who owned and operated Chapman Auto Sales and Repair.  After a few years, he and Cheav moved to Mifflintown where he accepted a position in the maintenance department at Empire Kosher so he could better provide for his growing family. He worked at Empire Kosher for more than 30 years.

     Chhuon enjoyed playing guitar and riding motorcycle when he was younger. In his later years, he enjoyed tending his garden and taking walks with his wife.

     A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Juniata County, 23964 Rt. 35 North, Mifflintown, with Pastor Ronald Shupe officiating.  Although there will be no viewing, the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church.

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Richard Burkholder
   Posted Tue February 20, 2018
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Chhuon. I knew him from the literacy program that was once run by the Juniata County Library. He was an eager student and a kind, gentlemanly person. Our world is a better place because of his life.

Sherry Longenecker Berrier
   Posted Tue February 20, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to Mardiny,Manila & your entire family for the loss of your father.~Sherry & Danny

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