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