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Max V. Dunshie

January 2, 1921 ~ December 20, 2017 (age 96)

Max V. Dunshie           “beloved husband, father and grandfather”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Max V. Dunshie, 96, of Shinglehouse, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born on January 2, 1921 at the family farmhouse in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Bert M. and Jessie C. Jones Dunshie.  On December 21, 1940 in Sweden Valley, he married Joan A. Maynard, who preceded him in death on December 12, 2017.

Max graduated from Shinglehouse High School.  He was a dairy farmer and then worked for the former Clark Brothers Industries of Olean.  He also worked for Sharon Township as a roadmaster and served 24 years as a Sharon township supervisor. He then worked for many years as an engineering technician with PennDOT.

Max took great pride in his family and spent many hours working on the family ancestry.  He was a sought after resource to help others with their genealogical research.  He was also sought after for his historical knowledge of Potter County. He was a member of the Oswayo Valley Historical Society in Shinglehouse.  He enjoyed playing his guitar and was an avid hunter in his younger years with friends from across Pennsylvania who had camp residences in the area.

Surviving are two daughters, Wanda C. (Michael) Derry of Utica, N.Y. and Pat E. McCormick of Hornell, N.Y.; a son, Dale A. (Nadine Pollock) Dunshie of Warren; he was also blessed with eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, now living in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Colorado and New York; several nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Lynn Kemp.

In addition to his parents and his beloved wife of 77 years, Max was predeceased by a daughter, Carla S. (Martin James) Mesler; two sisters, Margaret Hyde and Eleanor Nelson; and a son-in-law, Dr. Joseph McCormick.

There will be no public visitation.  A private celebration of Max’s life will be held at the convenience of the family.  Private graveside burial services were held in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville with Pastor Fred Kemp of the Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Cole Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit for the compassionate care given to Max during his stay there.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Historical Society, PO Box 603, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Max’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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 Service Information

Private Interment

Rathbone Cemetery
Rte. 244 East
Coneville, PA 16915

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