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Max E. Pifer Sr., 90

July 15, 2012

Max E. Pifer Sr., 90, Big Run, died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born June 15, 1922, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County, a son of the late Harry Franklin and Cora Marie (Davis) Pifer.

Sept. 20, 1946, he married the former Avanell Clouser, who survives.

Mr. Pifer was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a Tec 4, during World War II in the 84th Infantry Division. He received a Bronze Star and was in the Battle of the Bulge and various other campaigns in the European Theater.

He was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ.

A lifetime farmer, he was a retired mechanic from IA Construction.

He was a 50-year member of both the John W. Jenks Lodge 534 F&A.M., and the Coudersport Consistory, and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 9044.

In addition to his wife, Avanell, surviving relatives include sons Max E. Pifer Jr., and wife Debbie of Henderson Township, Carl Pifer of Big Run and Bernard Pifer of Henderson Township; his grandchildren, Ryan Pifer of Manhattan, N.Y., Dustin Pifer and wife Olivia of Fredricksburg, Va., Sunni Reddinger and husband Heath of Brookville, and Destiny and Adam Pifer of Punxsutawney; a great-grandson, Dartanyan Pifer of Punxsutawney; and a sister, Hanna Mae Allender of Silver Spring, Md.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Davis, Ronald, Delbert and Orvis James; and three sisters, Edna, Hulda and Gladys.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Big Run, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Paradise United Church of Christ.

A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the funeral home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Paradise United Church of Christ, officiated by Pastor Mary Ellen Hoffman and Pastor Barry Fillman.

Military honors will be accorded by the Jefferson County Veterans' Honor Guard.

Interment will follow at the Paradise Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Pifer’s memory to the Henderson Township Community Building, c/o Jane Pifer, 655 Rock Dump Road, Reynoldsville, Pa. 15851.

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