Daniel P. Showan

Born: Fri., Aug. 6, 1926
Died: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Dec. 01, 2018
Location: St Lukes United Church of Christ

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 01, 2018
Location: St Lukes United Church of Christ

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Daniel P. Showan, 92, of Lock Haven died Tuesday November 28, 2018 at The Gatehouse Hospice in Williamsport.  He was born August 6, 1926 in Frackville, PA, a son of the late Joseph and Anna Chowansky.  On September 18, 1948 he married Lois E. Showan who predeceased him in death.

Daniel was a history professor, having graduated from Frackville High School, New Britain State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies, The University of Connecticut with a Masters of Arts in History, and from The Pennsylvania State University with a PHD in History.  He worked in Connecticut and in Pennsylvania, most recently at Lock Haven University for more than 29 years, retiring in 1988.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Army where he served from 1944 until 1945 as a Demolition Specialist and Anti-Aircraft Artillery Crewman and had been a member of the Lock Haven American Legion and served as Adjutant.

Daniel served on PSEA’s Higher Education Board of Director as President and served as President of APSCUF where he received a Distinguished Service Award in 1985.

He was a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ and, since 1959, an active member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Lock Haven. Dan had also been a volunteer at the Piper Museum, he enjoyed spending time with family, hunting, and fishing, especially at Lake Mer Bleu in Canada.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean D. (Les) Payne of Pottsville; three sons, David P.(Penny) of Mill Hall, Donald M. (Candy) of Rote, and Paul S.(Toni) of Spring, TX; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 am in the St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 1174 W Fourth St. Lock Haven, PA with Pastor DiAnn Baxley officiating.  Family and friends will be received in the church one hour prior to the services. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Piper Museum, St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, or the charity of choosing through the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC., 121 W. Main St. Lock Haven, PA. 17745.  

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David F Mary Terrell
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
Sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family.

David and Mary

Teri Rice
   Posted Fri November 30, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. I recall meeting your dad when he came to the office a few years ago.

Bonita Leathers
   Posted Fri November 30, 2018
As a graduate of Lock Haven University, I had the pleasure of having Dr. Showan as a teacher for a U.S. History class in the early 70's. He was very interesting and I enjoyed the class immensely as I am sure many others did. Wish I had had the opportunity to take more of his classes. You can be very proud of your father and his accomplishments and from all those whose lives he touched, "thank you." My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Ann Showan-Slade
   Posted Sun December 02, 2018
My deepest sympathy to our cousins and their families. Uncle Dan was the remaining elder statesman of our family and we will miss his calm, intelligent manner. In addition to good memories of childhood fun visiting relatives, I appreciated conversations I had with him in recent years and his perspective on life. In particular, I remember telling him I was going to try fishing in Maine. He advised me to get to know the locals, "they know where conditions are best." That has now become Uncle Dan's Locals Rule for me, expanded to mean be curious and respectful and learn from everyday people. They have a lot to teach. Thank you, Uncle Dan!

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