The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 27, 2008

Tyler Lee Shaffer

SHAFFER – Tyler Lee, 18, Hooversville, died unexpectedly April 27, 2008, at Somerset Hospital. Born May 31, 1989, in Johnstown, son of Jeff and Kathy (Thomas) Shaffer. Preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Vivian (Boyer) Shaffer. Survived by parents; brother, Elliott; sister, Lucy; paternal grandfather, Jack B. Shaffer; and maternal grandparents, Millard and Jean (Lohr) Thomas, all of Hooversville. Nephew of Dave and Donna Thomas, Tim and Mary Thomas, Matt and Heather Thomas, Joel and Christy Shaffer and Jon and Debbie Shaffer. Cousin to Rachel, Aaron, Kristen, Levi, Haley and Owen Thomas; and Liz, Kelsey, Brandon, Jordan and Travis Shaffer. Also survived by godparents, Dave and Shelly Bock; and nanna, Dorothy Snyder. Member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church. He was a senior at North Star High School enrolled in college prep classes. Tyler participated in chorus and marching, concert and jazz band. He was in the school musical for the past four years, videographer for the boys basketball team and member of the rifle and golf teams. He was the recipient of the 2008 Jenner Rod and Gun Club Scholarship, and member of Tatman Run Hunting Club. Tyler planned to attend California University of Pennsylvania in August 2008, to become a secondary history teacher. He loved being outdoors or beside a stream. His happiest moments were hunting, fishing, trips to Ocean City and spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed by all of his friends at North Star High School. Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 1439 Ridge Road, Hooversville, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Krista Vingelis officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to North Star Music Makers, c/o North Star High School, 400 Ohio St., Boswell, Pa. 15531. Arrangements by Deaner Funeral Home, Hooversville.

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