R. JOE SHAFFER, 66, of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday Dec. 27, 2012. He was the son of the late L. Arden and Esther E. (nee. Blickenstaff) Shaffer, of Silver Lake. Member of the last graduating class at Sidney High School in 1964, and Purdue graduate, he served his country in the Army during the Vietnam Era. For 43 years, he was the owner of Advanced Electric, though he was "at home" farming the fields. He is survived by his wife, Donna M. Shaffer; and daughter, Marla K. Shaffer, both of Fort Wayne; siblings, John R. Shaffer of Silver Lake, Betty S. (John) Hill, of Walling, Tenn., Susan R. (James) Orr of Janesville, Wisc., and Judy E. (Sam) Lambert of Sparta, Tenn.; along with several nieces and nephews. Funeral service is 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, with graveside burial services at 2:30 p.m. at New Hope Cemetery, Phlox, Ind. Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be given to the Wounded Warriors Project. For online condolences visit www.klaehnfahlmelton.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 31, 2012