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Max V. Dunshie

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.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Max, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com




Thank you Dick for your very kind thoughts. I am grateful for the many years my parents were able to be on this earth. So good to hear from you.

Pat (Dunshie) McCormick Jan 1 2018 12:00 AM

Patsy and family,
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your Dad and Mom......Praise God for their long life and service to the community and family. It amazing how often married couples of many many years god fairly close together as did they. May the Lord bless and keep you and you family.

Richard "Dick" Green Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

My Parents are Fred and Eleanor Dunshie. We are deeply sad to hear of your loss. May God bless you all!

Tim Dunshie Dec 27 2017 12:00 AM

Max always had us smiling when he came into Sprout's Drug store where I worked. What a wonderful couple he and Joan were. Once Max told me that he married Joan on the shortest day of the year so he could have the longest night with her! He left us on earth because he
needed to be with her on their anniversary- together forever!

Cynthia Bell Dec 24 2017 12:00 AM

Hard to believe we are in this position again. Still missing Joan, and now missing Max. Many know in their hearts that Max and Joan were reunited in time to celebrate their 77th anniversary yesterday, and that comforts them.

I keep thinking of the books about genealogy and the little boxes of index cards with dates and notes about family that Max kept. Wishing he could explain one more time how he came to link a specific individual to HIS ancestors. Just get him started...

Grandkids have been making do with internet hugs while awaiting the time they next see each other in person. I send warm, loving thoughts from my heart to them and to all the family.

Jane Robertson Dunshie Dec 23 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Max Dunshie

Deb Van Pelt Perkins Dec 23 2017 12:00 AM

RIP Max and Joan two of the kindest loving people I've ever had the honor of knowing.I still have fond memories of staying at their house in my younger years, hunting with him, Grandpa Hyde and Dad. My deepest condolences to my cousins and families


A candle was lit in memory of Max Dunshie

Allen E. Hyde Dec 23 2017 12:00 AM

My family owned Sprout's Drugstore in Shinglehouse. I worked there for 20 + years until 2010. I have many memories of Max coming in the drugstore and leaving me with a smile due to some story he shared. Always a story!

Leah Bell Graves Dec 23 2017 12:00 AM