Elmer E. Dungan

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION -

Elmer E. Dungan, of dwynedd Es­tates, died on June 18, 2013, at the age of 89.

He was born in Whitemarsh, the son of Al­lan L and Pauline (nee White). Elmer served in the U.S. Army and was a World War II vet­eran. He also served 63 years with the Fort Wash­ing­ton Ma­sonic Lodge 308 and was a State Crew Club mem­ber of the Lulu Tem­ple Shriners.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 57 years, Bar­bara (nee Schantz).

Fu­neral ser­vices are pri­vate. Memo­ri­als may be sent to the Sa­mar­i­tan Fund dwynedd Es­tates, 301 Norristown Road, Am­bler, PA 19002.

Ar­range­ments by Sha­ef­fMy­ers Fu­neral Home. was em­ployed as a li­brar­ian at the pub­lic li­brary, in the South­bor­ough, Mass., school sys­tem and then, from 1976 to 1992 at der­man­town Acad­emy in Fort Wash­ing­ton, Pa.

De­voted to read­ing and books, Eltie nat­u­rally vol­un­teered her time fol­low­ing re­tire­ment at the Up­per Dublin Pub­lic Li­brary, Up­per Dublin, Pa., and also briefly at the Staunton Pub­lic Li­brary in Vir­ginia. A ded­i­cated mem­ber of her church, she was an ac­tive mem­ber of the al­tar guild at both St. Mark’s Epis­co­pal Church, South­bor­ough, Mass., and St. Matthew’s Epis­co­pal Church, Maple dlen, Pa. She vol­un­teered with the South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross for many years or­ga­niz­ing blood drives. She en­joyed travel, and did so fre­quently to visit fam­ily and grand­chil­dren.

Eltie d. hiser is sur­vived by her six chil­dren, 12 grand­chil­dren and one great-grand­child. In­ter­ment will be next to her hus­band at In­dian Town dap National Ceme­tery in An­nville, Pa., on July 12 at 1:30 p.m. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at St. John s Epis­co­pal Church in Way­nes­boro, Va., at 11:30 a.m. on July 13, 2013.

In lieu of flow­ers con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Hospice of the Shenan­doah, P.O. Box 215, Fish­ersville, VA 22939.

A na­tive of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Vern grad­u­ated from Mchin­ley Tech­ni­cal High School in 1937 and main­tained con­tact with the school and fel­low grads by at­tend­ing many re­u­nions un­til re­cently. Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion, he worked for the Western Elec­tric Di­vi­sion of AT&T as a ca­ble splicer in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., for two years be­fore con­tin­u­ing his ed­u­ca­tion as a mem­ber of the Corps of Cadets at Clem­son A&M, now Clem­son Univer­sity, in South Carolina.

While at Clem­son he earned an ath­letic let­ter as a mem­ber of the soc­cer team. Al­though he grad­u­ated in 1943 with a de­gree in civil en­gi­neer­ing, he was com­mis­sioned early as an en­sign in the U.S. Navy in 1942 due to the de­mand for naval of­fi­cers dur­ing WWII. Vern was an avid Clem­son football fan and main­tained a pres­ence on cam­pus dur­ing many re­u­nions un­til re­cent years. With his en­cour­age­ment, his grand­son, Sean Pyles, is cur­rently a stu­dent there.

Ser­vice dur­ing WWII as an en­gi­neer­ing duty of­fi­cer in­cluded ship re­pair train­ing at the Philadel­phia Navy vard, test­ing and ac­cep­tance of PT boats and land­ing craft in New Or­leans and re­pair of bat­tle-dam­aged ships in Pearl Har­bor. Upon the war’s end he trans­ferred to the Navy Civil En­gi­neer Corps, which took him to far­away places such as Morocco, An­tigua and the Philip­pines. He served his coun­try as a naval of­fi­cer un­til Jan­uary 1967 and re­tired with the rank of com­man­der.

Af­ter re­tire­ment from the Navy in Philadel­phia, he ini­tially worked as an en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant. Later elected, and re-elected twice, to the Penn­syl­va­nia State Leg­is­la­ture in 1974, he rep­re­sented the 151st Dis­trict for six years. He served the state in other po­si­tions as well, and re­tired in 1982.

Vern was very ac­tive in the de­vel­op­ment of young men through his many years of ser­vice with the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, the Up­per Dublin Ju­nior Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion and the Abing­ton vMCA. His other pub­lic ser­vices in­cluded vol­un­teer work with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and Meals on Wheels. He was also a key mem­ber of his church’s disas­ter re­lief team and trav­eled to Biloxi, Miss., to as­sist in re­cov­ery ef­forts af­ter Hur­ri­cane ha­t­rina. Un­til re­cent years he was an avid golfer and main­tained a life­long in­ter­est in model rail­road­ing. He was a skilled home-handy­man from his years with the Navy Se­abee con­struc­tion forces and had a strong in­ter­est in wood­work­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately, he was pre­de­ceased by two wives, Eve­lyn Mae Vollmer, of Philadel­phia, and Au­drey Fos­dick Rinde-Thorsen, of Syos­set, N.v., and was pre­ceded in death by his brother, LeRoy “Roy.” Vern will sadly be missed by his three chil­dren, Lani MacAniff, Troy and Ran­dall “Randy;” as well as three stepchil­dren, Peer “Tony,” Mark and Bev­erly Rinde-Thorsen; four grand­chil­dren; and his spe­cial and loving friend, Matilda “Teda” Paugh.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be con­ducted at 2 p.m. on Mon­day, July 1, in the chapel at Trin­ity Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St. (Rte. 63 at 363), Lans­dale, PA; the fam­ily will re­ceive friends and rel­a­tives be­gin­ning at 1 p.m. Burial with full mil­i­tary hon­ors will fol­low in Ar­ling­ton National Ceme­tery at a later date.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests me­mo­rial do­na­tions to the Wounded War­rior Pro­ject, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, hS 66675.

To send con­do­lences to the fam­ily, please visit the fu­neral home web­site be­low.

Shelly Fu­neral Home, War­ring­ton.

w w w. s h e l l y f u n e r a l - homes.com. national Al­liance of The­atri­cal Stage Em­ploy­ees for 42 years, hav­ing worked in national pro­duc­tion tours such as “An­nie,” and Las Vegas shows such as “Folies Berg­ere” and “Jersey Boys.”

He is sur­vived by his daugh­ter, Rachel Funk, of Akron, Ohio.

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