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Ray F. Shafer, a resident of Niagara Falls since 1942, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at home, while receiving care from Niagara Hospice and surrounded by his loving family. He was 90. He was born on March 25, 1926 in Curwensville, PA, one of thirteen children to the late George M. and Anna (Ross) Shafer.
After moving to Niagara Falls, he began his employment with Kimberly Clark. Ray enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and served in the American, Asiatic-Pacific and the European - African Theaters during World War II. He received several commendations including the American Area Ribbon, The Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with two bronze stars and the European- African Theater Ribbon. After his honorable discharge on May 19, 1946, he returned home to Niagara Falls where he resumed his employment with Kimberly Clark.
Mr. Shafer worked for the former International Paper Company until its closing; Sobin Chemicals, Inc., Niagara Falls and retired from General Motors Chevrolet Plant in Tonawanda on July 1, 1991. He enjoyed a happy and long retirement. Ray loved camping, hunting, fishing and his family.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Barbara (Rooks) Specht Shafer; three children, Lynn Boughner (late Gordon) of Lewiston, Cheryl Fiel and David (Rose) Shafer, both of Niagara Falls; three step-children, Cheryl (Irving) Herman of North Carolina, Diane Morrison of Rochester and Theresa (Brian) Funk of Rochester; two sisters, Ruth Bressler of Curwensville; Betty Flynn of Bath, NY; fifteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Glenna Jean (Parker) Shafer in 1978; and siblings, Ira, Charles, Harold, Bob and Donald Shafer; sisters, Hazel Bunnell, Helen Rowles, Margaret Stackpole and Jean Shafer.
Friends may call on Friday, May 13th from 4-8 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, where Military Honors will be performed at 8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 AM in the funeral home. Interment will be Monday, May 16th at 11 AM in Acacia Park Cemetery in the Town of Pendleton. If desired, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice House, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094.
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Published on May 11, 2016
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