Donald Frederick Shaffer

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Donald Frederick Shaffer, Dallas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, April 30, 2013.

He was born Dec. 8, 1930, in Wilkes-Barre, and lived in Dallas all his life. He was a son of the late Alvin Adam Shaffer and Ellen Catherine Lines Shaffer, and was the second oldest of seven children.

Donald lived nothing short of an exciting and fulfilling life. He was a 1948 graduate of Dallas High School, and soon after leaving his days of high school mischief behind, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While in the Air Force, he was stationed in Guam, in the Pacific Islands, during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a flight engineer and was a Squadron Champion boxer.

Shortly before his discharge from the Air Force, Donald traveled home to marry his wife, Blodwen, on May 22, 1954. They would have celebrated their 59th anniversary this May.

After his honorable discharge, Donald began working at Air Products and Chemicals in Hanover Township. There, he started as a welder and eventually worked his way to plant superintendent. It was while working in this position that he was given the opportunity to travel the world and visited such places as Venezuela.

Donald always made time to give back to his community. For more than 50 years, he was a volunteer firefighter at the Dr. Henry M. Laing Dallas Fire Company and served as chief for 17 years. He was also a member of the Six County Fireman's Association for more than 30 years and served as president of the Dallas Borough Council.

Donald was an active member of the George M. Dallas Masonic Lodge 531 F&AM, where he served as worshipful master in 1995. He was a lodge trustee from 1996 until 2012. Donald was also member, trustee and degree master of Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg, where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award.

Donald was a man who always enjoyed his life. He was a loving, kind and easygoing man. He was an avid outdoorsman, and spent much of his time hunting and fishing. When he wasn't busy with all of his other commitments he still could not be kept still. He was always tinkering in his basement or working on his quads and boat.

More than anything, Donald was a family man. He brought much love, happiness and humor to those around him, and he will be so sadly missed.

He is preceded in death by his older brother, Alvin Shaffer; sister, Anna May Kelly; and granddaughter, Ashley Simchick.

He is survived by his wife, Blodwen Lewis Shaffer, Dallas; daughters, Donna and husband Ernie Baul, Dallas, Gail and husband Michael Touey, Dallas, and Jill and husband John Ketchel, Swoyersville; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Bruce Pitts, Jessa Pitts, Mallory Simchick, Amanda Touey, Adriana Pitts and Penelope Pitts; and his brothers and sisters William Shaffer, Dallas, Kenneth Shaffer, Florida, Carolyn Purvin, Shavertown, and Richard Shaffer.

Funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with the Rev. Ronald Cease, Pastor of Valley View Union Chapel, officiating. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. George M. Dallas Masonic Lodge 531 will conduct a Masonic service at 8 p.m.
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Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, Inc.
2940 Memorial Highway
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 675-3255
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Published in Times Leader on May 2, 2013
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