Daniel Mahan

Daniel Mahan, 94, of Princess Anne, transitioned to his Heavenly home on Friday, September 29, 2017, after a lengthy illness.   Born in Somerset County on May 31, 1923, the second of eleven children born to Rev. Walter K. and Chloa Kreider Mahan, he was raised on the family farm on the Pocomoke River in Rehobeth.

He attended elementary school in Rehobeth and graduated from Marion High School in 1941. After graduation Daniel continued to work on the family farm for about ten years until he realized that farming was not for him. After trying his hand at several local jobs, he studied oil burner repair at a trade school in Boston and started his own plumbing and heating business in the early 1960’s.  Later in life he also sold life insurance and securities for A. L. Williams Co., now Primerica.

Dan was married to the former Patricia White who survives him. They celebrated their 67th anniversary this past July.  He grew up in the Greenhill Church of the Brethren where his father was the pastor for many years and he and Pat were faithful members there until leaving to help start a new church, the Community of Joy Church of the Brethren, in Salisbury.

He and Pat enjoyed camping over the years starting with a cross-country trip, with their three children, sleeping in a tent and ending much later with a 5th wheel travel trailer they towed to Florida for several winters before finally buying a mobile home in a retirement community in Sebring.  They have been long-time members of the Delmarva Campers’ Club. Recently they joined the Keenagers of the First Baptist Church in Princess Anne near their home and enjoyed the food, fun and fellowship they found there.  Daniel was also a member of the Somerset Ruritans for many years, and was one of the original funnel cake cooks at their annual carnival.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lynne (Bobby) Rentschler, a son, Alan (Debbie) Mahan, and a son-in-law, Donnie (Susan) Shumaker as well as four sisters, Patricia Bucher, Catherine Riggin, Doreene Bishop, and Martha (Cecil) Schrock and many nieces, nephews and cousins and their families.

He was also blessed with six grandchildren:  Rob (Ami) Rentschler, Beth (Craig) Anderson, Brianna (Brad) Steward, Kelsey (Aaron) Chatham, Carla (Dave) Marstall, and Neil (Rachel) Shumaker, and nine great-grandchildren:  Wyatt and Leah Rentschler, Jillian, Delia and Mallory Anderson, Gabriel Chatham, Addison and Emery Marstall, and Lucas Shumaker.

His mother died when he was only 13.  His father married again, to Anna Weidema, and they are both deceased.  In addition, he was predeceased by his daughter Becki Shumaker, three brothers:  Donald, Grant and Philip, and three sisters: Dorothy Mahan, Lillus Nelson, and Priscilla Ward.

A viewing will be held Tuesday evening, October 3rd, at Hinman’s Funeral Home in Princess Anne from 6:00-8:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held at Hinman’s at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 4th, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Martin Hutchison will officiate.  Interment will be in the St. Andrews Episcopal Church graveyard behind the Manokin Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Community of Joy Church of the Brethren, c/o Pastor Martin Hutchison, 802 Kearny Kourt, Salisbury, MD 21804, or to Coastal Hospice, P. O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.


1 comment to Daniel Mahan

  • Daryl and DiAnna See

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the Mahan family.I know that Dan is enjoying his new life in heaven. DiAnna, Hannah, and I enjoyed our time worshipping and fellowship with Pst and Dan while at Community of Joy. Pat , may you feel the warm of God’s arms as he comforts you.

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