Gregor Albert Junk


Gregor Albert Junk, 80, of Ames, died comfortably and peacefully Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at his home of natural causes and was under continual nursing care.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Stevens Memorial Chapel, Ames.

Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 22, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames.

Burial was at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Greg was born in Guttenberg to Albert and Marie (Fassbinder) Junk on Jan. 5, 1933, and was the youngest of six children. He graduated from Loras College in Dubuque with a degree in chemistry and went on to graduate school at Berkley, Calif. Upon his return to the Midwest, Greg married the love of his life, Mary Therese Ahrends, who was a nursing student at the time. Greg and Mary settled in Ames and Greg began his career as a research chemist at Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University until his retirement.

Following his retirement from Ames Lab, Greg continued his consulting work for many years, mostly in water analysis. The consulting work brought opportunities for travel and Greg and Mary took many treasured trips to places including Australia, Japan and Hawaii.

Greg was an excellent husband, father and provider. The family always enjoyed joyous holidays and summer vacations in the sun. He was an avid golfer and bowler, and loved hunting and fishing. Greg was a member of Saint Cecilia Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus and gave his time tirelessly to many volunteer activities. Greg was an enthusiastic Iowa State Cyclone fan.

Greg is survived by his three children, Susan Marie Wilson, of Greensboro, N.C., David John Junk, of Nevada, and Mark Jeffrey Junk, of Ames; a granddaughter, Mary Junk of Ames and two sisters, Anna Mae Powers of Elkader and Phyllis (Leon) Berns of Garnavillo.

He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Verle and Gene and a sister, Elaine Gustafson.

As a show of sympathy, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to St. Cecilia Catholic Church. On-line condolences may be expressed to the family at

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