TUNKHANNOCK — William J. Shiffer, 91, of Tunkhannock, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Born Sept. 6, 1922, he was a son of the late William J. and Virginia Cook Shiffer Sr.
Prior to his retirement, he worked for Price Pipeline. He also owned and operated Shiffer's Shoe Store and was a bus contractor for Tunkhannock Area School District. William was a member of the Triton Hose Company, Tunkhannock Ambulance Association and the National Rifle Association.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a 3rd Class Gunner's Mate aboard the USS Carter Braxton. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Good Conduct Ribbon during his military service.
William was an avid gardener, hunter, fisherman and all-around outdoorsman.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his sisters, Lillian McKennas and Alice Vogrin; and brothers, James and Edward.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Altheda; and son, Larry and his wife, Sherry Shiffer, Tunkhannock; brother, Glenn Shiffer; and sisters, Jean Mislevy, Betty Fargo, Doris Solanick, all of Tunkhannock, and Jessie Barber, Mehoopany; grandson, Caleb and his wife, Courtney; and granddaughter, Cassandra, all of Virginia; great-grandsons, Cole Shiffer and Cooper Keyes.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Pastor Kurt Bricker of the Eaton Baptist Church. Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in William's name to the Triton Hose Co, PO Box 765, Tunkhannock, PA 18657; or to the NRA, PO Box 420648, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0648; or by visiting www.nra.org.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com.