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Friday, February 21, 2014

DeWayne H. Hanel, 88, of Shinglehouse, PA

DeWayne H. Hanel, 88, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, after a long illness.

Born September 6, 1925 in Kossuth, PA, he was a son of Glenn E. and Myrta Clark Hanel. On June 25, 1950 in Olean, NY, he married Norma C. Peterson, who survives.

He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1943. Mr. Hanel entered military service and served from 1943 to 1946 in the U.S. Army, two years of which were spent in battles across France, Belgium, and Germany during World War II.

In 1946 he took over the Automotive Machine Shop in the former Capco Standard Parts in Olean, NY. In 1949 DeWayne went to work for the former Freeborn Motors, a Pontiac New Car Dealer in Shinglehouse and in 1951 went to work as a machinist at the former Clark Brothers in Olean.

On August 1, 1952 he and his wife bought the Mobil Service Station in Shinglehouse which became Hanel’s Friendly Service. In 1964 he added Shinglehouse Auto Parts, a NAPA parts store. In 1968 the business was destroyed by fire and while rebuilding, he ran his business out of the former Red and White Grocery Store in Shinglehouse for six months. In 1968 he added Agway Farm Supply to the parts store and also built the Robo Automatic Car Wash. In 1971 DeWayne purchased a store in Cuba, NY and started Cuba Village Auto Parts, a branch NAPA store, which he operated for 18 years. After selling the Cuba store he semi-retired due to health problems, retiring fully in 1996, after 44 years in business in Shinglehouse.

Mr. Hanel was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, a member and past master of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M., Shinglehouse, and a member of the Coudersport Consistory where he worked in degree work and participated for 10 years in the Passion Play. He was also a member of the Ismailia Shrine Club in Buffalo, NY, a member of the Shrine “Legion of Honor” in Buffalo, a member of the Cattaraugus County Shrine Club, a member and past president of the Allegany Shrine Club, and a member of the former Odd Fellows Lodge in Shinglehouse.

He was a member and past commander of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530 and a member of the Potter County Honor Guard. He was past president of the Board of Directors for the Shinglehouse Veterans Social Club where he also served as director, secretary, and treasurer for many years. DeWayne was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cuba, NY, a member of the Order of Eagles in Olean, NY, a member of the Elks Club in Olean, NY, a past member of the Chamber of Commerce in Cuba, NY and a member of the Federation of Businessmen. Mr. Hanel was instrumental in the formation of the Cuba Small Business Association. He also founded the Cuba Merchants Association. He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club in Cuba. DeWayne was a charter member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse. He was an honorary member of the Cuba Volunteer Fire Department.

DeWayne was an avid hunter and fisherman. He most especially loved spending time with his family.

Surviving besides his wife of 63 ½ years are two daughters, Nerine C. (Martin) Maier of Allegany, NY and Brenda K. (Chris) Bernard of Powhatan, VA; five grandchildren, Jenifer L. (Joshua) Schallert, Brooks M. Bernard, Nicolas L. Bernard, Julie A. (Lee) Steele, and Scott M. Bernard; two great-grandchildren, Nathan J. Schallert and Emma J. Schallert; a brother, John R. (Yvonne) Hanel of Jacksonville, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and two angels, Bev Huber and Robin Murray.

In addition to his parents, DeWayne was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Anna C. Schallert; a brother, Edward Hanel; and two sisters, Martha Natzel and Katheryn DeRemer.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014 with the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany United Methodist Charge, and Mr. Hanel’s grandsons, Pastor Joshua Schallert and Pastor Lee Steele, officiating. Committal services and burial will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
Members of Sharon Lodge # 598 F. & A.M. will conduct Masonic services at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Monday.
Memorials, in memory of DeWayne, may be made for the Shinglehouse Community Health Center Building Project to the Cole Foundation, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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