Max Ganshorn

May 8th

Max Ganshorn, 91, of Syracuse, passed away Thursday morning, May 8th in the home of his daughter and son in law where he resided for six years.  He was born on July 31, 1922 in Etna Green to Ople P. & Emily (Thomas) Ganshorn.  Upon his mothers death he was raised by his father and step mother Berniece Douglas.  In 1940 he graduated from Etna Green High School where he was a star basketball player.  He proudly served as a Sergeant in the US Army Air Corps in California from 1942-1946.  In 1942 he married Mary King and they enjoyed 33 years of marriage until her death in 1975.  In 1977 he married Betty Blue who preceded him in 2001.  They enjoyed 24 years of marriage.  After leaving the army, Max worked Litchfield Creamery in Warsaw before owning his own milk route for Deans Dairy in Rochester.  He then spent 4 years as First Deputy Sheriff in Kosciusko County under Sheriff Sam Holbrook.  He enjoyed a long career in the mobile home industry working for Regent and Cambridge Homes as a P.A, salesman, head of sales, and general manager.  After his retirement he began his new career delivering boats for Rinker Boat until the age of 82.  Max was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #223 serving as past commander.  He was also a member of the VFW, Eagles and 40/8.  Besides his parents and wives, he was preceded by his infant daughter Vivian, his son Tom, and 3 brothers and 1 step brother.  Surviving Max are his devoted daughters, Carole Arnold of Indianapolis, and Ginger (Jerry) Brickey of Syracuse.  5 loving grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his step children, step grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Services will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 4 pm at the Eastlund Funeral Home with pastor Harlan Steffen officiating.  Visitation will be from 1-4 prior to the service.  The American Legion Post 223 will perform military honors following the service at the funeral home.  You are encouraged to make a donation to your favorite charity in Max’s name in lieu of flowers.  Max will be remembered lovingly for his big heart and his sense of humor.  He will be greatly missed by all.

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