WILLIAM "BILL" S. LUNGER, 61, of Port Colden, Washington Township, NJ, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Ashbrook Care and Rehabilitation Center in Scotch Plains, NJ. Bill was born on July 9, 1958, in Trenton, NJ. He was the son of the late Truman R. Lunger and Louise G. (Housman) Lunger. He was a born-again, spirit-filled Christian who had a gift of boldness in sharing his faith. He was always ready to pray with anyone with a need and to give glory to God.
Bill was a 1976 graduate of Warren Hills Regional High School. He was an avid supporter of Warren Hills Athletics. Bill also had a passion for Civil War history. He thoroughly enjoyed his many trips to visit battlefields and monuments and even named his beloved cocker spaniels Stonewall and Shennen(doah).
Bill was the public address announcer for Warren Hills Wrestling from 1977 until 2015. He began directing the John Goles Wrestling Tournament at Warren Hills in 1975 when he was still a student and continued the tradition for almost 40 years, always putting his stamp of excellence on the tournament. He directed the District I Wrestling Tournament at Warren Hills beginning in 1990 and served as the clock operator at Warren Hills home basketball games for over 20 years.
He began sport radio broadcasting as a Glassboro State College intern at KYW in Philadelphia and went on to work in local radio sports broadcasting until 2011. He also broadcasted college and professional football and professional ice hockey. Bill received the NJSIAA Award of Honor in sports broadcasting in 1982 and was honored by the Associated Press as NJ Broadcaster of the Year in 1996. In 2004 the AP honored him for presenting the Sports Program of the Year.
Bill was an accredited softball umpire in New Jersey from 1977 to 2014. He was chosen Crew Chief for the high school sectional finals and state semifinals and finals for 19 consecutive years.
Bill taught broadcasting, media, and communication courses at several area colleges including Fairleigh Dickinson, County College of Morris, Warren County Community College, and Sussex County Community College.
Friends may pay their respects at a memorial service celebrating Bill's life to be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with the memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Donations in Bill's name may be sent to Washington Township and Borough fire departments, and Washington Borough and Mansfield Township emergency squads. They were there for Bill during his illness. Thank you to all the first responders for helping Bill when he really needed you. Your faithful service is very much appreciated!
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Warren Hills Memorial Home. To send an on-line condolence please visit www.warrenhillsmemorialhome.com
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