LaVern L. Shaffer, 77, of Ursa passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 in his home. LaVern was born on June 16, 1941 in Quincy to the late Vern B. and Leona A. (Holtman) Shaffer. He married Jeanette M. Jansen on April 28, 1962 in St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy. She survives.
LaVern served in the United States Navy from 1959-1965. He was a life time farmer and member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon. In his early career he worked for Adams Telephone Coop for seven years. He was a member of the Ursa Lions Club and was chairman of the Pork-A-Rama for many years. He served on the Unit 4 School District Board and was president for multiple years.
LaVern enjoyed farming, attending the Adams County Fair, camping, traveling, and spending time with his family. He never knew a stranger and enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors.
Surviving, in addition to Jeanette are five children, Chris (Jerry) Steenhoek of Winterset, IA., Carol (Scott) Hull of Quincy, Carla (Rusty) Smith of Plainville, Craig (Missy) Shaffer of Ursa, Curt (Kristin) Shaffer of Ursa; fourteen grandchildren, Gabriel Steenhoek, Wesley (Ashley) Steenhoek, Kalyn (Ryne) Kirlin, Kelsey (Josh) Healey, Kylie Hull (fiancé Blake Carlin), Alyssa (Jared) Richards, Erin (Adam) Hilgenbrink, Syeira Smith, Chace Shaffer, Dylan Shaffer, Brianne Shaffer, Cole Shaffer, Greta Shaffer, Cody Shaffer; five great-grandchildren, Gabriel Steenhoek, Nora and Sadie Steenhoek, Andi and Ayden Kirlin; three brothers, Gary (Janet) Shaffer of Ursa, David (Karen) of Ursa, Duane (Pam) Shaffer of Ursa and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Cindy Shaffer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Mendon with Father Jeff Stone officiating. Interment will follow in New Providence Cemetery near Ursa with Military services to follow. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Friday, November 2, 2018 in the Hunter Funeral Home in Mendon. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Unity F.F.A, Adams County 4-H Foundation or The Blessing Foundation.
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