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Kenneth D. Monger

Born: Wed., Feb. 12, 1958
Died: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Dec. 15, 2018
Location: Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home


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Kenneth D. Monger

 

  Kenneth D. Monger, 60, of Lake Monticello passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at his home with his wife of 37 years, Karen, by his side.

 He was born on February 12, 1958 in Harrisonburg and was raised in Alexandria. He graduated from Groveton High and attended the University of Maryland. While stationed in Texas, New York and England, Ken served as a Jet Engineer Mechanic for the United States Air Force. He later attended the Columbia School of Broadcasting.

  Ken worked as an on-air personality and DJ at numerous radio stations under various pseudonyms. Early in his career he hosted, among other stations, as Johnny Dark at WEEM, and Gary Statton at WPRW. In the Northern Virginia area he announced at Thunder 107.7 and later went on to broadcast at several major stations in the DC metropolitan area including but not limited to: WASH FM and WGAY as Mark Harris, XTRA 104 as Brother Louie, and on the international station VOA Europe. After moving to the Charlottesville area, Ken continued to entertain as radio announcer, Mark Harris, on Mix 107.5 and Oldies 102.3.

   He worked at IBM in Manassas for many years and then began his career in pharmaceutical research at PRA International (first in DC and then in Charlottesville), DaVita, and PPD.

   His amazing voice and stage presence led Ken to start his own DJ business: PREMIUM SOUND DJ Service. For over 10 years Ken had the opportunity to host countless events and weddings all across DC, Maryland, and Virginia... sometimes for his clients’ 2nd and 3rd marriages!

   Ken enjoyed reading, bike riding, mixing music, and mixing his old airchecks.  He loved music of all genres and eras but seemed to gravitate most towards music of the 50s, 70s, and 80s.  Ken was a film enthusiast and enjoyed classic television and vintage radio programs.  He had a passion for collecting, archiving, and audio-correcting a huge variety of radio broadcasts and rare vintage audio recordings.  He also traveled extensively, in the states and abroad.

    Ken was an intelligent man whose attention was to every detail.  He was a confident leader, always at the helm navigating the waters, whether calm or rough.  But most of all Ken was a devoted family man who leaves behind his wife: Karen; his children of whom he was the most proud of:  Kris Monger (VT graduate), Keaton Monger (UVA graduate), Kasey Monger (VCU graduate), and Karson Monger (VCU student);  Brothers and sisters-in-law: Marie (Dick) Mansfield, Lynda (Bobby) Jackson, Pat Frappier (late Wes) Horn, Priscilla (late Paul) Horn; Nieces and Nephews: Ryan (Darla) Mansfield, Ross Kathleen) Mansfield , Rhonda (late Bernie) Noel, Billy (Lisa) Noel, Christy (John) Newman, Danyl Henderson, Robert Frappier, Dionna (Nick) Kiernan, Ashley (Chris) Cave, Ali Horn, Demi Horn; step-brothers and sisters: Alan (Wende) Geleta, Crystal (late Robert) Heinen, Joseph (Kathy) Geleta, Maryann (Robert) Hochberg, Eugene (Darlene) Geleta, Dixie (John) Blando; half sister: Linda Lang; and a multitude of great nieces, nephews and many treasured neighbors, friends and colleagues.

    Ken was preceded in death by his parents: Delores Kennedy Monger, Kenneth (Doris) Monger. His in laws Marie (Wes) Horn, 2 nephews Richie Mansfield and Bernie Noel, 2 brother in-laws Wes and Paul Horn.

    A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home. A private interment will be held at a later time.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated to assist with college and medical expenses by visiting this PayPal link: www.paypal.me/kenmonger.

 Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com. 

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Evelyn Kirby
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
My deepest sympathy, rest in pease my friend!

Lewis W.
   Posted Fri December 07, 2018
Ken was one of the first bosses I ever had, some almost 20 years ago when I was an intern for him at PRA. Ken's boisterous personally always made even the most tedious job enjoyable. I learned so much from him, about work ethic, life, taking advantage of opportunity. He certainly had a real impact on my life and while I hadn't had to the chance to speak to him in some time, I do think about him often.


Steve Montgomery
   Posted Fri December 07, 2018

MONET'S GARDEN BASKET was sent by Steve Montgomery.

Rest well my friend. You had a heart of gold and you were a loving husband and father, and I am honored to still call you my friend of over 45 years. -Steve Montgomery aka SubaruSteve.Com


Lisa Johnson
   Posted Fri December 07, 2018
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Kenny was a friend in high school, and then later on we worked and carpooled together in Old Town. He always made me laugh, and had a great sense of humor. I am so happy to hear that he had such a wonderful life, and family.

joe and kathy geleta
   Posted Sun December 09, 2018
i will be at the funeral. Kathy remembers butch well when he spent a summer with his father and the long conversations at the kitchen table. We regret the distance in miles because we would of loved to have more contact. We knew he knew Jesus although there was many trials as well as laughter. He was extremely proud of his family. joe and kathy geleta

Chad Rathlef
   Posted Mon December 10, 2018
Sorry to hear of Ken's passing and my condolences to his family. Ken was the first BD guy I met when I started in the Phase 1 industry 16 years ago - he was actually a client as he sent me RFPs for our Phase 1 site in Vancouver. Ken was ultimately a reference for me to join PRA in 2008 and was a mentor as I learned the workings of a large CRO. I have many fond memories with Ken at conferences, team meetings etc... it still makes me smile when I recall when he kicked in to DJ mode on teleconferences to get the team laughing. He was a much loved, and highly respected, colleague and I will miss seeing him at industry events. Thank you Ken for your positive impact on my career, and for always taking time to make your colleagues laugh.

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