Lester J. “Peck” Shaffer, 88, of Clearfield died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at his residence after a lengthy illness.
Born Aug. 15, 1928 in Dalmatia, Pa., he was the son of John and Ruth (Kerstetter) Shaffer.
Mr. Shaffer was a heavy equipment operator for 47 years and had last worked for the North Cambria Coal Co. and the Bentley Coal Co. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers.
He was a devoted husband and a loving father. He enjoyed being a handyman around the house, working on cars and going to auctions.
He also loved spending time with his family, especially when there were babies around. He had a true gift when it came to calming down crying babies.
On Aug. 15, 1949 in Maryland, he wed the former Julia Rose Seaburn, who preceded him in death Nov. 12, 2016.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Shaffer; his step-mother, Veronica; brothers, William, Robert, Gene, Kenneth and Carl; a great-granddaughter, Hayley Rumsky; and a great-grandson, Andrew Archer.
Surviving are three children, Stanley L. Shaffer and his wife, Connie of Alabama, Marcella J. Cramer and her husband, Logan of Clearfield and Richard A. Shaffer and his wife, Amy of Apollo.
Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Lester “Buddy” Shaffer, Jessica Ward, Brandi Ward, Andrew Shaffer, Leah Collins, Michelle Wilson, Jennifer Campolong, Lori Murphy, Mia Shaffer and Dutch Shaffer, 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Joseph Shaffer and a sister, Norma Shaffer.
There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date with the Rev. Stephen Shields officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Curwensville.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chidboyfuneralhome.com.
The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Curwensville is in charge of the arrangements.