James Russell Shaffer, 85, of Gap, passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the Coatesville V.A. Medical Center hospice facility.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Eleanor Grace (Payne) Shaffer.
Born in Compass, West Caln Township, on Nov. 28, 1927, James was the son of the late Russell George and Viola Blanche (Ritenour) Shaffer.
He was a 1945 graduate of Scott High School in Coatesville.
James and Eleanor owned and operated Shaffer's Snack Bar at 318 Main St., Parkesburg, from 1950 to 1951. James worked for 42 years as a millwright for the former Lukens Steel Co., retiring in 1993.
James served honorably in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
. He was on active duty from 1945 to 1946, and in the Naval Reserve from 1946 to 1951.
He was a member of the Brandywine-Goddard Lodge No. 383 F.&A.M., as well as the Rajah Temple of Reading.
Throughout his life he pursued many hobbies including, photography, fishing, golf, jewelry making, antiquing and automotive repair.
He is survived by his two loving daughters, Diane Carol (Shaffer) Torrance, wife of Aaron Frank McCrory Torrance of Princeton, N.J., and Pamela Jeanne (Shaffer) Hockenberry, wife of Thomas Matthew Hockenberry of Minneapolis, Minn.; and his longtime friend and companion, Anna Pratt Sweigart; and five grandchildren, Sophia Grace Torrance, Mitchell James Hockenberry, Dylan Hugh Torrance, David Matthew Hockenberry and Katherine Grace Hockenberry.
He is predeceased by his four siblings, Miles Donald Shaffer, Priscilla Ritenour (Shaffer) Bowder, Louise Viola (Shaffer) Edgar, and Mary Ellen (Shaffer) Steffy.
He is survived by his brother-in-law, John Steffy Jr.
The viewing will be held from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St., Parkesburg. A Masonic Service will follow at 7:45 p.m.
There will be a memorial service at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be held in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville on Friday, Feb. 22.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster County at www.hospiceconnect.org/give.
Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com.