MONTICELLO – Harold R. Shaffer, 83, of Monticello passed away on Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2013) at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.
Harold was born Dec. 12, 1929, in Bloomington, the son of Ralph and Esther (Beckhart) Shaffer. He married Joanne K. Wittig on Sept. 18, 1956, in Monticello.
Surviving are his wife, Joanne Shaffer of Monticello; a sister, Marie O'Hea of La Mesa, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great- nieces and great-great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Harold served four years in the U.S. Navy and four years in the U.S. Army. He served at the end of World War II and during the Korean Conflict.
Joanne and Harold lived in Alaska for 20 years where Harold retired as an expeditor for a barge line ready mix company. Harold really loved and enjoyed the cabin that he built for himself and Joanne to use as a getaway for recreational purposes. Harold enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling and the outdoors.
Upon retirement, he and Joanne moved back to Monticello and Harold worked at the 4-H Memorial Camp, Allerton Park, as head groundskeeper. It was there that Harold could continue his love for deer, wildlife and the great outdoors.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, with the Rev. Jim Dalrymple and the Rev. Steve Ingram officiating. No visitation will be held. Private family interment will be in Monticello Township Cemetery.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Piatt County Nursing Home, the Hamm-Burke American Legion Post 101 of Monticello or the First Christian Church of Monticello.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com .