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John Tungseth, 79

John Tungseth, 79, passed away April 8, 2023, at Altamonte Springs, Fla.
John was born June 30, 1943, at Drayton, N.D., to Erling T. and Rose (Westman) Tungseth.
John was raised on a farm near Kennedy, Minn. He graduated from Kennedy High School in 1961. After graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota for one year. After working on the farm for the summer, he attended Covenant Bible College in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. He then transferred to North Park College (now University) in Chicago, and graduated with a degree in mathematics and psychology in 1967. He was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honor Society). He briefly attended the seminary at North Park for the summer and fall before moving into private industry.
While at North Park College, John met Joan Kenyon (C’70). They were married in Isaacson Chapel on June 17, 1967, and they enjoyed 56 beautiful and amazing years together.
John worked as a computer engineer at Commonwealth Edison and Standard Oil in Chicago while taking classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1972, John took a break from the computer field to be a house parent for 18 troubled boys with Joan (and their 3-month-old daughter, Kimberly) for 2 ½ years at White’s Correctional Institute in Wabash, Ind.
In January of 1974, he returned to computers, working for the State of Illinois in Springfield. He went on to work for Pacific Mutual Insurance Company in California. While there technology was exploding, with the transition from huge main frame computers to servers and desktop computers.
In December of 1987, a job was offered to both John and Joan to join missions. For the past 35 years they’ve worked for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). John’s first assignment was as director of the Computer Center. Three years after John and Joan joined the organization, Cru’s founder, Dr. Bright, decided to move the organization’s headquarters to Orlando, Fla. John and his staff were responsible for moving computer and phone systems, a complex task for which John’s previous training proved invaluable. While at Cru, John and Joan have been involved in several Ministries including Global Hope Network and Global Media Outreach. Their last assignment has been with the Global Prayer Ministry, where John worked for 10 years and Joan continues to work full-time today.
John was a devoted, kind, and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and precious friend to all who knew and loved him.
John is survived by his wife, Joan (Kenyon) Tungseth, daughter Kimberly (Sebastian) Faber, and three sons: Bryan (Summer), Nathan (Lori) and Steven. He is survived by eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Esther (Jackson) McAfee.
John was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Allan Tungseth, and his sister, Alice Peterson.

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