William “Bill” Shafer March 25, 1946 ~ July 4, 2014
William Emmitt “Bill” Shafer of Winslow passed into the Lords keeping July 4, 2014 in Fayetteville surrounded by his family. He was born March 25, 1946 to William H Shafer and Zella Mae Shafer in Gallatin MO. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters.
He served in the United States Navy as a radar man during the Vietnam War; among his duties he was responsible for dispatching vessels to pick up downed pilots as part of the Navy seals and was honorably discharged as an E-5. Bill was a member of the Boston Mountain Volunteer fire department as a first responder as well as a member of the Boston Mountain Fire Board association. He worked for EPC as a tool and dye maker and retired from there. Bill loved spending time outdoors fishing or just enjoying the day. His family was his greatest love.
He is survived by his wife Chan E Shafer whom he married June 5, 1966 of the home, daughter Michelle Leach and husband Dean of Winslow son Troy Shafer and wife Julie of West Fork, his grandkids Michael Leach of Fort Smith, Amber Leach of Winslow, Janalee Shafer and Justin Shafer of West Fork and great-grandkids Jaiden Leach and Lainey Murray of Winslow. He is also survived by his Brother-in-law Don Sanders and wife Rosalyn of Kansas City MO, sister-in-law Rena Shafer and husband John of Kansas City MO, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends Friday, July 11, 2014 from 5-7 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held Saturday at Beard’s Funeral Chapel at 2:00 PM with John Shafer officiating . Burial will follow at West Fork Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.
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