John C. Dunning

John C. Dunning, 87, of 118 Burns Avenue, Ellwood City (Ellport), passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday morning, April 3, 2011 at his residence.

He was born in Ellwood City on August 29 1923 to the late John and Gladys Agnew Dunning.

He was a longtime member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Ellwood City.

John was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City in the class of 1941 and earned a degree in industrial engineering from Geneva College. He served as a gunner in the 15th Air Force, 483rd Bomber Group during WWII, where he earned 3 oak leaf clusters and 4 bronze stars. He flew 35 combat missions in a B-17, and owns the distinction of shooting down one of the first German jet prototype planes in 1945.

He was a machinist at U.S. Steel, Ellwood Works, and later was a supervisor there and in Pittsburgh. He later was a plant supervisor at Commercial Machine Works in Ellwood City.

He was a member of F.&A.M. #599 Ellwood Lodge, Syria Shrine, and the Valley of New Castle Consistory, as well as B.P.O. Elks #1356. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He married his wife of over 50 years, Bette I. Robertson Dunning, on July 14, 1950. She preceded him in death on March 17, 2001.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Judith Dunning Janney and Carole Dunning Billyk; two brothers: Robert E. and James A. Dunning; and two sisters: Charlotte Milnes and Phyllis Stoetzer.

He is survived by one son, John R. (and Jackie) Dunning of Fairport, NY, and a son-in-law, John Janney; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

One brother, Thomas R. (and RoseAnn) Dunning of Ellwood City, and one sister, Janet L. McKissick of State College PA, also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at TURNER’S with Rev. James Latta, John’s pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Clinton Cemetery, New Beaver Boro.

Members of F.&A.M. #599 are asked to meet at Turner’s at 6:45 P.M. on Tuesday to conduct a Masonic Funeral Service at 7 P.M..
Member of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at Turner’s at 10:45 A.M. on Wednesday to conduct full military rites.

Donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences online at www.turnerfh.com.

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