Truman L. Shaffer, 84, of Mount Pleasant Mills, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, with family by his bedside.
He was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Port Trevorton, a son of the late Raymond Elwood and Stella Mae (Kerstetter) Shaffer.
Truman was a loving and devoted husband to his "Beautiful Wife" (his words), wonderful and caring father, special grandfather, and awesome great-grandfather....he was so many things to so many people....mere words will not do him justice.
Truman graduated from Selinsgrove High School at 18 years of age in 1951. Right after graduation he worked as a party chief of a survey crew for PennDOT in Harrisburg. Thirty seven years later at the age of 55, he retired in 1988 from PennDOT. After that he was a private surveyor and then he even went on to draw up sewer designs.
He was an American veteran of the Korean War. He served in the Army infantry. He was a corporal and was stationed over in Germany and served between the years 1953 and 1955. He's an American hero, especially our hero.
Shortly upon returning home from war he met his beloved "sweetie pie" Dolores Mae Auman and married her on Feb. 11, 1956. They had just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last month and it was nothing short of extraordinary. She showered him daily with love and affection and he returned the passion with kisses every time. About a week or two before his passing his wife had asked him what he needed as part of a daily conversation and his reply was" I need you!". A love story that is truly a fairytale.
He was a life member of DH&L Fire Company, Selinsgrove, and Port Trevorton Fire Company, and a member of the Freemont Fire Company. He was also the Sergeant of Arms and secretary of AFSCME Union.
He was a charter and lifetime member of roosters Corner Sportsman Club which he so fervently dedicated his time and knowledge to (YOUTH) learning the safeties of hunting and fishing. He was a Hunter's Safety course instructor for 50 years. He also took great pride in teaching his children and grandchildren how to fish at the fishing derbys- a memory they won't soon forget.
Many memories were made on numerous camping trips with five young children in a tent, which was quickly upgraded to a camper.
Truman enjoyed going places with his family such as Halfway Dam and would camp out there during the summer months. He enjoyed going to Rolling Green Park and Knoebels Grove with his family. He enjoyed the bandstand and the music. He liked his caramel popcorn from Knoebels Grove.
He was a very smart man and enjoyed architectural planning projects such as sheds and swimming pool decks, which he built for his family.
Truman was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting on his mountainland in Rebersburg. He also had a cabin in Little Marsh, where he often spent the weekends hunting with his son, son-in-law and friends.
Truman enjoyed traveling to places which include Georgia, Branson, Missouri, Nashville, Tennessee, Grand Ole Opra, Graceland Memphis and Pigeon Forge.
Truman loved to play cards, and had a very sharp mind. He liked to "shoot the moon" as he'd say whilst playing the card game Hearts. He continued to play cards, at least weekly, throughout his life until the last four months. He loved people, enjoyed having company, visiting, telling stories, and reminiscing.
Truman had a great sense of humor and was the type of person that made an everlasting impression. His family was always very proud of him, and very blessed to have him in their lives for 84 years.
Truman is survived by his beautiful wife, Dolores Mae (Auman) Shaffer; his sister, Shirley Hackenburg, of Selinsgrove; his remaining four children and their spouses, Linda and Glenn Weaver, of Middleburg, Keith and Debbie (Landis) Shaffer, of Freeburg, Shelley (Shaffer) Roush, of Middleburg, and Terrie (Shaffer) Brouse and Terry Brouse, of Freeburg; three grandchildren, Stephanie Walter, of Selinsgrove (Sheila's daughter), Justin Shaffer, of Freeburg (Keith and Debbie's son), and Dillon (Terrie and Terry's son); and one great-grandson whom he adored, Cameron Walter, of Selinsgrove; as well as his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elwood Shaffer; and his darling daughter, Sheila M. DeCapria.
Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove, followed by the funeral at 11.
Burial will be in Witmer's Memorial Cemetery, Port Trevorton, with military honors by American Legion Post 25 and V.F.W. Post 6631, of Selinsgrove.
Contributions to honor Truman's memory may be made to the Roosters Corner Sportmen's Club, Produce Road, Selinsgrove.
Published on March 9, 2017