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Friday, December 5, 2008

Robert W. Shunk, 76, St. Rt. 44, Formerly Smethport, PA

COUDERSPORT- Robert W. Shunk, 76, of State Route 44, formerly of Smethport, died Thursday (Dec. 4, 2008) in the Charles Cole Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born March 21, 1932, in Centre Hall, PA, he was a son of Guy and Dorothy Lingle Shunk. On June 21, 1976, in Coudersport, he married Judy A. Bright, who survives.

Mr. Shunk had worked for Pittsburgh Corning Co., Port Allegany for several years and later owned and operated Shunk’s Auto Parts, Smethport, before his retirement.

He attended Centre Hall High School.

He was a longtime resident of the area and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 460, Port Allegany; one of the original founders of the Allegheny Old Time Mountain Music Association, where he was a former president and vice-president; and played gospel music at many area nursing homes.

In addition to his wife, Judy, are two sons, Marshall J. Shunk and Russell W. Shunk both of Smethport; five grandchildren, two great-grand-children; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Roger Shunk; and three brothers, Melvin Shunk, Gene Shunk, and Jim Shunk.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 6, 2008) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Howard Burnham, pastor of the Hebron Union Church, Hebron Center.

Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette, PA.

Memorials can be made to the Allegheny Old Time Mountain Music Association.


Anonymous said...

Our community has lost a very talented musician and a fine man. Our thoughts go out to Judy and the rest of the family.

Anonymous said...

Our loss is heaven's gain!! We are all very saddened at the news of Bob's death. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife, Judy and his sons and grandchildren. He was much loved in Potter Co., also in Western New York where he attended the WNY Bluegrass Association and played for many, many years.

Anonymous said...

Boy, he could be tough and salty at times, a staunch defender of old time country music and keeping it free from dilution. He was a purest on a mission of preservation guided by love, heart, soul and respect for a uniquely indiginous brand of music that accompanied all aspects of life in America, including losing a mentor or a husband or a friend.
Bob Shunk will be missed for many things but foremost in my mind was his ability to bring folks together to make music. And he had a great sensitivity and respect for what others were doing in a musical setting. If it had strings, Bob could play it and play it well. He played in all kinds of settings. As time went on he played through all kinds of physical problems that threatened to steal his notes. I hope and pray that we all get to hear that fiddle again somewhere "Beyond the Sunset".
With love, honor and respect.
Arthur Metzger

Anonymous said...

Jim and Gene Shunk suvive Bob.
We were blessed to have him as a