Arnold L. Dunmire, 82, of Young Township, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Dunmire was born on April 7, 1931, at home, in Rossiter, Indiana County, the second of four sons of Carlton C. Dunmire and Laura A. (Roush) Dunmire.
He spent most of his childhood and youth on the family farm in Banks Township, Indiana County.
Arnie attended the Pleasant Dale School and the McKee School, both located in Banks Township, Indiana County, through the eighth grade, and subsequently attended and graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1949.
He also completed the real estate licensing course of study at Penn State University, DuBois.
On June 2, 1956, Mr. Dunmire married OmaJoye Stahlman, his wife of 57 years, who survives him.
He was the owner and proprietor of Mid-Town Atlantic, later Mid- Town ARCO, from 1953 to 1974.
He also owned and operated Lindsay Atlantic for a few years during this period.
Beginning in 1980 until 2007, the year in which he retired, Mr. Dunmire owned and operated Dunmire Rentals, Inc. with his wife, OmaJoye.
For most of his adult life, Mr. Dunmire was an active duty firefighter with the Central Fire Company of Punxsutawney, serving as a firefighter, and also at various times as assistant chief, and as a fire policeman throughout his 52-year tenure with that company.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney First United Methodist Church and the John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534.
In early 2013, Arnold was awarded 50-year certificates and pins by both the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania and by the Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, recognizing 50 years of membership in each organization.
Arnold had a long life blessed with purpose and full of love.
He was a man of principle and high ideals, and still he enjoyed lifeâ€™s simple pleasures: the first robin of spring, summer tulips blooming in the garden, autumnâ€™s glorious gift of color, and a hot cup of coffee and a slice of homemade pumpkin pie on a cold winterâ€˜s day.
He was a consummate storyteller and was able to coax a smile from even the most stoic of faces.
Arnie collected antique milk bottles from around the country and the globe, and was particularly fond of John Deere tractor memorabilia.
In addition to his wife OmaJoye, Mr. Dunmire is survived by his daughter, Belinda Dunmire Attwood; his son-in-law, Robert R. Attwood; and two grandchildren, Wesley R. Attwood and Bryce B. Attwood, all of McMurray, Washington County, Pa.
He is also survived by a brother, Edwin E. (and Janet) Dunmire of Leesburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Mr. Dunmire was preceded in death by his parents, Carlton C. Dunmire and Laura A. (Roush) Dunmire; by two brothers, Charles C. Dunmire of Anderson, Ind., and Howard J. Dunmire of North Canton, Ohio; and by a nephew, Andrew Caddell of Indianapolis, Ind.
Mr. Dunmire was also particularly close to his wifeâ€™s family, and is also survived by the following brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lee (and Arlie) Stahlman, William (and Mary Ellen) Stahlman, Terry P. Stahlman, and Darl M. (and Judy Stahlman) all of Punxsutawney; Jerry T. (and Nancy) Stahlman of Lewisberry, Pa; Mary Ann Holt of Parker, Colo.; and Nada M. Smith of Ft. Washington, Md.; and many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Betty M. Stahlman of Butler, Pa.; and by three brothers-in-law, John S. Stahlman, James H. Stahlman and Thomas D. Stahlman, (survived by Sharon Stahlman) all of Punxsutawney, in addition to Ronald J. Smith of Ft. Washington, Md., and Evelyn M. Stahlman and Margaret Stahlman, both of Punxsutawney.
Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4, and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at the Punxsutawney First United Methodist Church, Punxsutawney, with the Rev. Paul Ritchey officiating.
Interment will be at Pearce Cemetery.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution, in memory of Mr. Dunmire, in lieu of flowers, may do so to the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania, 1501 Reedsdale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, www.efwp.org/ 412.322.5880.
Online condolences may be made at www.deeleyfuneralhome.com.