Raymond Keith Shafer, 96, of Biggsville, died at 9:40 PM Friday, September 11, 2020, at the Roseville Rehab & Health Care in Roseville, IL.
Born October 13, 1923, in Stronghurst, IL, he was the son of Clifton Eugene and Ethel Lucille Tucker Shafer. On March 1, 1946, he married Mary Frances Boyer in Macomb, IL. She died on November 2, 2002.
Ray was owner of Ray Shafer & Sons Construction.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the World War II from February 11, 1943 until December 18, 1945. Ray served with Company C 112th Infantry 28th Division, landing on Omaha Beach at Normandy on D-day. He served in all five major battles and received four Over Seas Service Bars, American Campaign Medal, European - African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Silver Battle Star, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and a Purple Heart. After he was injured, he volunteered to drive in the Red Ball Express, transporting ammo and supplies to the front lines.
He was a life member of the Biggsville United Presbyterian Church where he served on all the boards. Ray was a Scoutmaster for over 50 years. He received the Silver Beaver Award. He was the master builder that rebuilt the covered bridge in Gladstone, IL after it fell apart in the flood of 1982.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy (Scott) Gibb of Biggsville, IL, two sons, Brad (Charlotte) Shafer and Mark Shafer both of Biggsville, IL; seven grandchildren, Mary (Brian) Zielke, Stephanie (Jamie) Jarrett, Polly (Joe) Ripple, Nick (Ammie) Shafer, Travis (Morgan) Shafer, Brennen (Martha Garcia) Shafer, Jenna (Anthony Dewitt) Shafer; twelve great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and two on the way; four sisters-in-law; Margaret Shafer, Opal Taylor, Deb Shafer, and Louise Slater and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews.
Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, four sisters, two nephews and one niece.
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Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, September 18, 2020 at the Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.
The funeral service for Ray will be 1:00 PM Saturday, September 19, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church of Biggsville with Rev. Travis J. Shafer officiating. Burial will be in Biggsville Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Biggsville American Legion Post 1176.
A memorial has been established for the Biggsville United Presbyterian Church and Henderson County Health Department and Hospice.
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