OBITUARY

Claude Jacob Jungman

January 31, 1922January 1, 2019
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Claude Jacob Jungman entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at his residence in Premont, Texas at the age of 96. He was born on January 31, 1922 to Edwin Mitchell Jungman and Helen Elizabeth Schneider Jungman in Devine, Texas. Claude was raised for most of his childhood in Bigfoot, Pearsall and Devine, Texas where he would hunt and fish along Chacon Creek with his cousins and uncle, Ellex. He traded his hog crop, sow and nine little ones, for tuition for business school in San Antonio, where he would walk nine miles to and from Lytle, Texas. Claude then entered into the United States Navy where he proudly served during World War II, spending most of his time aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Fanshaw Bay. He always mentioned that he loved eating Van Camp’s Pork and Beans with his friends in the Rocky Mountains while he served and while fishing for trout on his family trips to Yellowstone.

Claude became a teacher and coach for Hebbronville, Weslaco and Premont schools. While coaching in Weslaco, he met the sweet Home Economics teacher, Mary Beth Raymer, they married and thus begun their journey of 65 wonderful years together. Claude then served as the Superintendent in Hebbronville and Premont for many years until his retirement. He was known to be very caring and enjoyed spending time with his students and players over the years which many of them were very grateful for and would come by to visit him many years after graduating from school. Claude was very successful in his baseball coaching abilities and he was very proud of that. He loved to golf, spending many hours at the Falfurrias Golf Corse, and visiting Yellowstone in the summers with his family was a pastime he enjoyed. He was an avid camper, fisherman, hunter and all around outdoorsman who also enjoyed spending many hours in the backyard gardening, particularly watching and listening to the hummingbirds. He appreciated the company of the many pets he had throughout his lifetime.

Claude is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia Ann Jungman; brothers, Alvia Jungman, Walter Jungman and infant brother, Paul Anthony Jungman and sister, Lucille Rihn. He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth Jungman; son, Paul Jungman; daughter, Susan Elizabeth Jungman all of Premont and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Arthur French, Terry Carlile, Tommy Merka, Robert Vera, Robert Allen, Bruse Thompson, Al Garcia and Steve Daly.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Premont with Visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Premont Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Burial Friday, January 4, 2019
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Claude Jacob Jungman

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Cesar Escobedo

January 16, 2019

La coyota as he was affectionally known was a big man in life and always made his presence known at HHS. He constantly reminded my sister Edwina that it was time for us to get a haircut, of course we never followed his directives but we respected him. My condolences to my friend Paul and Susan and my former 4th grade teacher Mrs Jungman, god bless and Godspeed. Always your friend and classmate Cesar Escobedo.

Mario Rodriguez

January 7, 2019

May the Soul of Mr. Claude Jungman Rest in Peace and may his memories fill the lives of his family forever. I remember the first time I met Mr. Jungman, he was the Superintendent of Schools for Premont and I was an upstart newspaper reporter with the Falfurrias Facts. I soon learned, covering the school board meetings in the early 1980's, that Mr. Jungman was an excellent leader and also a very physically responsible administrator. At the time Premont ISD had a $7 million dollar surplus and was one of the most successful school districts in the area. There was always positive news to report when he was superintendent and the community of Premont owes him many a Thank You. As a regular person and friend, Mr. Jungman was always very positive and inspiring. Again may he Rest In Peace and Thank You Sir.
Mario O. Rodriguez
Premont, Tx.

Robert Mead

January 4, 2019

What can you say about Mr. Jungman that has not already been said? He was a good friend to my family, a great educator and a huge influence to me. Mr. Jungman would give you just enough rope to learn a lesson but not enough so that you hung yourself. It seemed like every time I was about to make a bad choice Mr. Jungman was their to steer me back on course. Thank you Mr. Jungman for keeping this half ankle from being a true half you know what!

Robert Mead
Class of 1980

Rob Bowen

January 3, 2019

I was just thinking about the times I got to spend on the Golf course with Coach Jungman. I am so thankful for all the great times we had on the golf courses all over south Texas. It was such a pleasure to spend time with a person that was determined to make me a better person, I needed a lot of help, and he was always kind and ever constant.
Thank you coach Jungman for the inspiration and life lesson you imparted to our golf team. I have continued to use them in my life today.
Condolences to the Jungman family from my wife and family.

Rhonda and Rob Bowen
Harlingen, Texas

Bobby Thompson

January 3, 2019

To say I knew Coach Jungman would be an understatement, as I only met him once when I was very young. But, to say he had a profound impact on my life cannot be overstated. Events that occurred in the late 1950’s have shaped my life, and the lives of so many. My dad played baseball for Coach Jungman at Premont HS. While there were several lessons that happened on the baseball diamond, it is the life lessons that endure. Hard work, attention to detail, work ethic, teamwork, love, and sacrifice are just a few of the lessons taught. My father had a career in the US Army, and the success that he, and his soldiers, had could ultimately be traced back to Premont, TX. Every baseball season my father has said, “Coach Jungman would say ......” and the lessons would come out. After his Army career was over my dad went into teaching and coaching. While the classes included military history and strategies, there was always an underlying tone of a Coach Jungman lesson. My brother and I are both teachers and there is content that we are required to cover, but what we have learned is that students don’t remember content, they remember the relationships built in the classroom. The impact Coach Jungman made has traveled around the world and been in every aspect of life, and because of his love that impact will continue on. We are all saddened by his passing but we know his lessons will continue on, and in that, he will continue to live through us.
Bobby Thompson II

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Biography

Claude Jacob Jungman entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at his residence in Premont, Texas at the age of 96. He was born on January 31, 1922 to Edwin Mitchell Jungman and Helen Elizabeth Schneider Jungman in Devine, Texas. Claude was raised for most of his childhood in Bigfoot, Pearsall and Devine, Texas where he would hunt and fish along Chacon Creek with his cousins and uncle, Ellex. He traded his hog crop, sow and nine little ones, for tuition for business school in San Antonio, where he would walk nine miles to and from Lytle, Texas. Claude then entered into the United States Navy where he proudly served during World War II, spending most of his time aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Fanshaw Bay. He always mentioned that he loved eating Van Camp’s Pork and Beans with his friends in the Rocky Mountains while he served and while fishing for trout on his family trips to Yellowstone.

Claude became a teacher and coach for Hebbronville, Weslaco and Premont schools. While coaching in Weslaco, he met the sweet Home Economics teacher, Mary Beth Raymer, they married and thus begun their journey of 65 wonderful years together. Claude then served as the Superintendent in Hebbronville and Premont for many years until his retirement. He was known to be very caring and enjoyed spending time with his students and players over the years which many of them were very grateful for and would come by to visit him many years after graduating from school. Claude was very successful in his baseball coaching abilities and he was very proud of that. He loved to golf, spending many hours at the Falfurrias Golf Corse, and visiting Yellowstone in the summers with his family was a pastime he enjoyed. He was an avid camper, fisherman, hunter and all around outdoorsman who also enjoyed spending many hours in the backyard gardening, particularly watching and listening to the hummingbirds. He appreciated the company of the many pets he had throughout his lifetime.

Claude is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia Ann Jungman; brothers, Alvia Jungman, Walter Jungman and infant brother, Paul Anthony Jungman and sister, Lucille Rihn. He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth Jungman; son, Paul Jungman; daughter, Susan Elizabeth Jungman all of Premont and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Arthur French, Terry Carlile, Tommy Merka, Robert Vera, Robert Allen, Bruse Thompson, Al Garcia and Steve Daly.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Premont with Visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Premont Cemetery.