Raymond Foster Shaffer, 80, of Barhamsville, died May 11, 2013.
He served 22 years in the United States Army as a CWII warrant officer in the Transportation Corporation. Raymond was a veteran of the Korean conflict, earning a silver star. He also served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was an Atomic veteran, involved in the testing of the hydrogen bomb in the Eniwetok Islands.
After military life, Raymond attained his master's license as a merchant seaman working with tugboats. He was manager of the Jamestown Scotland Ferry and retired when he was 72 years of age.
Raymond was a charter member of New Kent Rotary, a member of VFW Post 8046, and enjoyed bowling and fishing in his free time.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Laverne Wilson Shaffer; a son, John Raymond Shaffer of New Kent a daughter, Audrey Sue Babb of York, Pa.; two grandchildren, Angelia Thomas and William Babb, Jr. both of South Carolina; great-granddaughter Morgan Isabella Babb of South Carolina; two brothers, Harry Shaffer of Columbus, Ga. and Charles M. Shaffer of Virginia Beach.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the VFW Post 8046 Building Fund, PO Box 255, Norge, 23127.
Tributes may be posted at www.vincentfh.com and www.vagazette.com
Vincent Funeral Home
417 11th Street West Point, VA 23181
Published in Virginia Gazette from May 14 to June 13, 2013