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David J. Shaffer


1966 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
David J. Shaffer Obituary
Shaffer, David J.
1966 - 2017
David J. Shaffer of Pataskala, passed away at home with hospice services Friday, December 29, 2017 after a hard fought battle with esophageal cancer. David is survived by his wife Mindy Mowrey Shaffer whom he met at McDonald's when they were both 16 years old. He would frequently tell the nurses in the blood lab that he "married up." Preceded in death by father John Shaffer, brother Dennis Shaffer, step-father Allan Olson, aunt Nancy Krouse, father-in-law Dale Mowrey and most recently by his mother-in-law and lunch buddy, Mary L. Mowrey. Dave attended St Pius X but was an ornery kid and struggled with the nuns so he begged his parents and in the 8th grade became a Reynoldsburg Raider. After high school, he attended DeVry University and CTI eventually earning an MBA from Franklin University. Dave worked as an electrical engineer and dabbled in management although he didn't have a lot of patience for people who couldn't keep up with his thought process. He believed in changing jobs if that meant a better opportunity, causing more than a few gray hairs for his parents. Dave moved to East Fishkill, NY to work for IBM, moving back home when his brother got sick. He worked in cryogenics for CVI; he didn't freeze dead people (although he thought that would've been cool), he worked with materials at extreme temperatures. Other jobs included working for the Grote Company and eating a lot of Donatos pizza, for the RCA plant in Circleville until he thought the swing shift might kill him and if it didn't, his wife would. He worked for Barneby Sutcliff which became Calgon Carbon, for the "bomb factory" (USEC) in Piketon, Ohio and most recently at Owens Corning who was incredibly supportive during Dave's illness. Dave made many great friends at his various jobs or if he didn't like you, well you probably knew that too. Dave had many, many hobbies. He raced (legally) at National Trails and often (illegally) on back roads in Reynoldsburg. He built a dragster with his dad after beating cancer at age 15. He followed Formula 1 racing and MotoGP, could often be found tinkering with cars in his garage, had his own sport bike and custom built Harley. He enjoyed sailing and windsurfing, boating at Hideaway Hills, mountain biking and road biking, traveling to favorite places especially Sedona, AZ, playing poker with buddies, learning guitar (although he could not carry a tune), remote control boats and planes, Ham radio (RIP KB8IRG) and most recently overseeing the restoration of his brother's 1966 bright red Ford Mustang. Besides his wife Mindy, Dave is survived by his mother Linda Shaffer Olson, Aunt Diane (Jim) Paxton, Uncle Jim (Cheryl) Krouse, cousins Jim (Licia) Paxton and Jennifer (Tom) Godward, brothers-in-law Craig (Jaynie) Mowrey, Bucky (Jeri) Mowrey, sisters-in-law Kris (Dennis Hoerter), Lisa Mowrey; numerous nieces, nephews, co-workers and life long friends, many of whom had a nickname, because well that's just what Dave did. Family will receive friends Thursday, January 4th from 5-8 pm at Cotner Funeral Home 7369 East Main Street Reynoldsburg where his service will be held by his cousin, Brother Ignatius Timothy Perkins, OP at 10 am on Friday, January 5. Burial to follow at Glen Rest Memorial Estate. Donations may be made in Dave's memory to Kids N Kamp, an organization which provides emotional, social and financial support to young cancer patients and their families. Both David and Dennis were a part of this organization from its inception in 1982. Kids N Kamp recently changed their name to Childhood Cancer Family Connection Attention: Beverly Circone 3440 Olentangy River Road Columbus, Ohio 43202. Messages may be sent to his family and an online video tribute viewed by visiting www.cotnerfuneralhome.com Godspeed David, may you walk without braces, swallow without difficulty and smile without pain.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2018
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