SYRACUSE — Max Ganshorn, 91, passed away Thursday morning in the home of his daughter and son-in-law, where he resided for six years.
He was born July 31, 1922 in Etna Green, to Ople P. and Emily (Thomas) Ganshorn.
Upon his mother’s death, he was raised by his father and stepmother 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 United States Army Air Corps in California from 1942 to 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 at Litchfield Creamery in Warsaw before owning his own milk route for Deans Dairy in Rochester.
He then spent four 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 bean 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 as also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles and 40/8.
Besides his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter Vivian; his son, Tom; and three brothers and one stepbrother.
Surviving Max are his devoted daughters, Carole Arnold, Indianapolis, Ginger (Jerry) Brickey, Syracuse; five loving grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his step children, step grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at Eastlund Funeral Home with the Rev. Harlan Steffen officiating.
Visitation will be from 1 until the 4 p.m. 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.