Daniel B. Ungrue


Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2006


  Daniel B. Ungrue

Daniel B. Ungrue

Kenai resident Daniel B. Ungrue, died July 21, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from complications from an aneurysm. He was 58.

A viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Janine MacGregor will officiate.

Mr. Ungrue was born Nov. 22, 1947, in Atlantic City, N.J. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 8, 1964, until his honorable discharge Nov. 19, 1968.

“Known by most as Big Dan, he perturbed few and garnered the respect and love of many. He enjoyed gold mining, gardening and consumed many of his thoughts with fishing. He captured angling mastery with catches of numerous species, many of impressive weight. The world’s waters lost a fine fisherman,” his family said.

“He brought his family to Kenai from New Jersey in 1985, cementing a bond with his wife and kids unknown to many. His love emanated from his undying will to provide and an unrivaled work ethic. Known as the ‘Grinch,’ he never strived to display the immense love in his heart, although his few words and extreme generosity escaped his rough outer shell to shine brilliantly to those who understood him. We will sorely miss his love and leadership and the calendar shall never see a day pass without his memory. He unquestionably understood the wealth of love. His persona and memory shall survive through all others he touched.”

Mr. Ungrue was preceded in death by his mother, Polly Ungrue; and mother-in-law, Jenny Kelly.

He is survived by his Alaska family, including his wife of 38 years, Gloria Ungrue; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Jeff Schloeman; son, Danny Ungrue; granddaughter, Mariah Schloeman; and brother, James Ungrue. He also is survived by his New Jersey and Lower 48 family, father-in-law, Charles Kelly; brothers, Michael, Joseph and Edward Ungrue; sisters, Mary Ungrue and Dawn Cutler; brothers-in-law, Charles, Jimmy, Sandy, Vincent and John Kelly; sister-in-law, Janine MacGregor; and countless nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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