William “Bill” Earl Shaffer, 67, of Fremont, OH passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. He was born on December 22, 1949 in Port Clinton, OH, the son of Ivan Shaffer and Florence “Sandy” (Constantine) Heschel. He was a 1968 graduate of Fremont Ross High School.
Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps from February 9, 1967 to April 28, 1969 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnamese Service Medal with one Bronze Star; Vietnamese Campaign Medal w/Devise (60); Combat Action Medal; Good Conduct Medal and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Bill married Wanda Spittler in 2003 and she survives. Bill worked at Davis Bessie Nuclear Plant as a Superintendent for twenty-seven years. He was also a Brick Layer with the BAC Local 46 for twenty-five years, retiring in 2017.
Bill was a Life member of VFW Post 2947 in Fremont where he served as Past Post Commander; Past District 9 Commander, served on the Building Committee; was a member of the VFW Color Guard for several years; volunteered for Post functions and the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner for many years. Bill was also a member of the American Legion and the Marine Corps League. He enjoyed working, gardening, golfing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his wife of fourteen years, Wanda Shaffer; children, Kelly Shaffer, Kenneth Blohm, Ronald Shaffer, Brian (Cathy) Shaffer; mother, Florence “Sandy” Heschel; stepchildren, Tanya (Michael) Burkett and Shane (Stacy) Bilger, all of Fremont, OH; siblings, Ivan Shaffer and Linda (Robert) Dorsey both of Fremont, OH; grandchildren, Dylan Blohm, Miranda and Beau Shaffer, Dalton Blohm, Chase and Reagan Shaffer; step grandchildren, Tawnie (Levi) Bishop, Shelby, Hanna and Whitney Bilger and Tyler Binder.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ivan Shaffer; sisters, Carol “Susie” Musgrave and Helen Wang.
Visitation: Monday 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St, Fremont, OH.
Service: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 10:30 am at the funeral home with VFW Chaplain Jim Boster officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion and VFW.
Memorials: Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517
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May you RIP,Bill!
So very sorry for your loss. I will keep both of you and your family in my prayers. Lu
Wanda and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing. I never really got to know him but I’m sure he was a great husband, father and grandfather. May God give you all comfort and peace to get through the next days. You have a great family Wanda, so lean on them for comfort. May God Bless You Wanda. Love Tina
So sorry to see that bill passed away you are all in my prayers terry Adams mom Kim
Tina & Mick Baker
A great neighbor for many years. A classmate of 1968. You will be missed. My sympathy to Ron & Brian & the rest of the family.
Missing you already my friend……
RIP Bill, you are one of the sweetest, nicest man I have ever known. You will be missed
What a great man he will be dearly missed by all who new him I’m sure his Aunt Sissy is waiting with open arms…hugs & prayers to the family
My dear friend Wanda, I am so very sorry and saddened for your loss. You are in my heart and the you and the family are in my prayers. Your memories will never go away and will help your heart heal.
Love you, Suzie
Wanda I’m so sorry for your loss he was such a good man An you were such good landlords to me when I lived on Roosevelt street god bless you An prayers for you an your family
You were always a pleasure to wait on at Lowe’s.You were truly one of a kind.Yoy will be missed.My sympathy to the family.
Richard & Debra Wilson
We are sorry to hear about Bill. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Larry and Vickie Goldstein
We are very sorry for your loss Wanda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jim and Judie Langel
What a great person and such a good person! Sadly missed by all who knew him! Prayers for all his family!
Dick and Carol Hoffman
With heavy hearts we find ourselves in moments of grief at the loss of good Marine. To the family and friends we can only say, May the Lord bring comfort and peace to all at this great loss. Rest in Peace, Bill, the battles are over, the pains are gone. As we grieve his loss, clinging to all the good memories we have will bring some comfort. God Bless each and everyone.
Tracey sheehan, abbey sheehan, Chris mesnard
You will forever be missed!
John & Betty Scheer
Rest in peace Bill…… We had a lot of good times at D/B and will miss ya!!
Jim & Kay Miranda
Our condolences to Bill’s family, especially Becky and Beau. Bill was a fine man who served his country with distinction.
We have lost a friend, a fellow vet and a wonderful guy loved by everyone he knew.
Rest in Peace Bill. Warmest condolences to family and friends.
All of the staff at Medina Meadows are so sorry for your unexpected loss. Our prayers at this difficult time are with you!
The Mick family
It is with our great honor, that my family and myself were able to call Bill our friend. I truly think that, anyone who was ever in the presence of this wonderful human being, felt like his friend, that’s just the way he made you feel, whether you knew him or not. You should consider yourself very lucky, if you are ever able to know someone with the character and stature that Bill possessed. He was the most giving, unselfish man with his time and helping hand. Never heard him speak a harsh word about anyone. We will miss your sarcasm, wit and charmn, Bill. Thank you for the great memories you have left us with. You will be deeply missed, thank you for being our friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family Wanda.
Wanda, so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Wanda and Family,
Please accept our prayers of support and our sympathy following the loss of your husband.
Dan Zawadzki and the staff of Royal Oak
Prayers and Blessings for the family if Bill Shaffer. Even though I’m out of State, I’m there in spirit
with a broken heart.
Dr. Jamie A. Imlay, Silver Springs, FLorida
Many hours laughing together at work every chance we got! May the many memories anyone has of Bill remain in your hearts forever, as he will always have a special place in mine. ❤️
Mike & Donna Kelly
So sorry for your loss, Wanda. We’ll always remember how much fun we had with you and Bill when you opened your house up for last year’s Paula Court block party. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Donna & Mike Kelly
Dean and Barb Grow
We are so sorry for your Loss.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
robert (BOB) Horn
Very sorry for your loss. Bill touched many lives with his wit and humor. he will be missed. enjoyed knowing him and working with him. good marine and friend! prayers to all family members may the good lord comfort you in your time of need! he leaves a legacy of hard work,strong morals,and wonderful family!! Feel very proud to have called him a friend!
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy and condolences to you on your loss. Stay strong and positive. Thinking of you and wishing the best. God bless.
Brian and Solon team
Sue McGinnis Szympruch
Wanda & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. As his cousin, it’s really a shame I never got to know Bill but after watching his memorial video, I can see what a joy he was to be around. He always had a smile and it sounds like he went above and beyond in the service of our country for which I am truly grateful. The entire family is in my thoughts & prayers.
Wanda and Family, you all have my VERY Deepest Sympathies, Bill and you.
were an awesome landlords, since I’ve lived in Fremont, REST IN PEACE BILL! !!!
So sorry for your loss.