The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 16, 2013

Jack B. Shaffer

DAVIDSVILLE — SHAFFER – Jack B., 89, Davidsville, formerly of Hooversville, died April 16, 2013, at Laurel View Village. Born Oct. 31, 1923, at his home in Hooversville. Preceded in death by great-grandparents, Silas, a Civil War veteran, and Mary Snyder; grandparents, Daniel and Bertha (Hamer) Shaffer; parents, Earl F. and Georgia Verdean (Snyder) Shaffer; stepmother, Theresa Donahue-Shaffer; wife of 41 years, Vivian L. (Boyer) Shaffer, who passed away in 1992; brothers Daniel J. “Cork” and Jan D. Shaffer; and grandson, Tyler Lee Shaffer. Survived by sons, Drs. Joel E., and wife, Christy Cooper Shaffer; Jeffrey L., and wife, Kathleen Thomas Shaffer; and Jon Mark, and wife, Debbie Neubel Shaffer; and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kelsey, Elliott, Lucy, Brandon, Jordan and Travis Shaffer. Also survived by sisters-in-law, Judy Shaffer, Ann Marie Shaffer and Carol Shaffer Alumbaugh. Mr. Shaffer was a graduate of Hooversville High School, Class of 1941. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Class of 1946. He was employed at Daniel Shaffer’s Inc., which was started by his grandfather in 1901, and by Shaffer’s Bottled Gas, both in Hooversville. He retired from working at the family business in 2010 and was a corporate officer at both companies. Jack served in the U.S. Army as a technical sergeant in the 214th Field Artillery from 1944-1945 in the European Theater. He married the former Vivian L. Boyer in 1950 in Hooversville. Member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the congregational council and taught Sunday school for more than 50 years. Charter member of Hooversville Lions Club, a Melvin Jones Fellow, was past president, and held many other offices. He also was past president of Forbes Joint School District which combined the Hooversville, Stoystown and Quemahoning Township school systems and broke ground for the new building that combined those schools in Kantner in what is now the North Star Middle School. He served on the board of directors of Hooversville National Bank and National Bank of Western Pennsylvania from 1962-1985, and was past president of National Bank of Somerset County. Past president of Upper Stonycreek Joint Municipal Authority, and was past vice president of Hooversville Borough Council. Jack also was a fundraiser for Boy Scouts of America and actively supported Troop 115 of Hooversville, where his three sons attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He served on the board of directors of Area Home Health Agency of Somerset County. Jack was recognized with 50 Continuous Years Voting Award. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Deaner Funeral Home, Hooversville. Viewing also will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hooversville, the Rev. Walter Startzel and the Rev. Gerald L. Myers, officiating. Interment POS of A Cemetery, Hooversville. Donations may be sent to Community Foundation for the Alleghenies; Tyler Shaffer Scholarship Fund, 116 Market St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901, in honor and memory of Jack’s grandson, Tyler Lee Shaffer. (

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