BOWLING GREEN, KY — Dr. Gary Lee Shaffer, 78, died July 11, 2021 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Lyman Shaffer and Stella Katherine (Swink) Shaffer; his wife, Margaret "Peggy" Shaffer; and his brother, Robert G. "Bob" Shaffer. He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Gregory (Charles) and Leslie Pfingston (Robert), both of Bowling Green; two grandchildren, Emma Pfingston and Joel Pfingston; two nephews, two nieces, and a number of grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
Born in Dayton on Oct. 24, 1942, Gary was a graduate of Monroe Township High School and Murray State College. After teaching high school history, he obtained his master's degree and later his Doctorate of Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. He spent most of his professional career as Professor of Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. He retired in 2004 from Middle Tennessee State University.
Prior to retirement, Gary was an active member of the College Reading Association, and was honored to have served as Treasurer and later President of the association. He always made sure to join the Kiwanis Club in whichever town he lived. As an avid RVer in his retirement, he traveled much of the U.S. with his wife, Peggy, and their beloved cat. He loved baseball, especially his "Reds," along with a nightly bowl of cereal. He was a loving and generous father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22 at The Presbyterian Church, 1003 State Street, Bowling Green 42101. Visitation at 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the food pantry at the Presbyterian Church. Arrangements entrusted to J.C. Kirby & Sons Lovers Lane Chapel.