Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 11:00am-1:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA
A private funeral service will follow calling hours at
1:00pm, with Rev. Lisa Grabb, officiating.
Greenville VFW Post #3374 will render military honors
at the conclusion of the service. The service will be
live streamed Tuesday on this obituary page.
Burial will be in Mt. Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Twp.
Paul R. Shaffer, 92, a resident of Ridgewood Shenango Valley, Hermitage, and formerly of Greenville, died peacefully Wednesday evening at St. Paul’s Senior Living Community.
Paul was born March 9, 1928 in Jefferson Twp. to Ethel (Swartz/Hoovler) and David Shaffer. As a child he moved to the Sandy Lake area where he attended school at Yankee No. 5 in what is today the Lakeview School District. He enjoyed sharing the story of how he earned 25 cents a week to walk to school early and light the wood-burning stove.
At age 14 and in 7th grade, Paul dropped out of school to begin working and taking care of his mother and sisters. He would spend the next 78 years caring for the people he loved.
Inspired by his brother, Glenn Hoovler, who participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy two years earlier, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946. He trained as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne. Stationed in Japan, he was part of the American occupation after the atomic bombs were dropped to end World War II.
After an 18-month stint in the service of his country he returned home and married Patricia McClelland on Oct. 14, 1949. After living in Sharon, Franklin and Fredonia, the couple settled in West Salem Township and raised four boys on a small, 10-acre farm. Pat and Paul Shaffer celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last fall.
Paul was a lifetime truck driver who used the CB handle “PA Pipe Hauler.” He worked for several companies, delivering milk, moving furniture, spreading lime, delivering department store merchandise, but mostly hauling steel pipe and conduit for Cyclops – Sawhill Tubular Division in Wheatland. There he was a 20-year member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and served as a member of his local union’s bargaining committee.
Paul had a servant’s heart and was a man of unshakable faith. He was a member of Lifeway Church of the Nazarene, Greenville, and helped construct the Columbia Ave. church in 1961. He served as a trustee, Sunday School teacher and in various other positions. His church family remembers him for giving rides to anyone who needed one, especially children. Rarely did he arrive at church without his family and a few friends.
Paul will be remembered not only as a Godly man, but as a kind and loving soul with a delightful sense of humor. He could fix anything and loved to share his gift of helping others. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and following Reynolds High School athletics where his four boys participated in wrestling and football. In the 1970s and 80s he studied to obtain his pilot’s license after taking lessons at Greenville airport.
His wife, Patricia, survives. Also surviving are four sons: Bob, and his wife, Donna, of Hermitage; Roy, and his wife, Denise, of Rock Hill, NY; Doug, and his wife, Lori, of Richland, WA; and, Don, and his wife, Patti, of Valencia, PA. Also surviving are six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by his father, mother, five sisters (Nellie, Ruby, Ida, Pearl and Rose) and his brother, Glenn.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Lifeway Church of the Nazarene, 94 Columbia Ave., Greenville, PA 16125. Cards of condolence can be mailed to Pat Shaffer, 1 Elston Way, Hermitage, PA 16148
So sad to hear of Paul’s passing, but a what blessing to know he is rejoicing with Jesus . Pat and Family our heartaches for you all as it is always hard to say goodbye to ones near and dear to your heart. Pray God gives you all comfort and peace during this time and in the days and months ahead . Love and Prayers , David and Brenda Rose
Our sincere condolences to the family and keeping all the family in prayers,
We are sorry for your loss. Pastor Roy has many great stories he has shared with us. Praying for Gods touch on your family and friends.
Ed & Linda Jaycox
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family. I never met Paul but IV herd so many wonderful stories about him from his son Roy. He sounds like he was a loving and kind man and I know he is in heaven leaping and jumping with God. R.i.paridise Paul
To the entire Shaffer family and friends Mr. Shaffers smile will forever be etched in my heart. Whenever I had the pleasure to see them In Rock Hill at Roy’s church he always had that smile and his stories were wonderful. Prayers for his family and friends God will see you thru
I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Shaffers family. May God be with all of use in this time of need. God bless all❤️
When my Dad passed it was a great comfort just to know that he went HOME and to who he was going to be with
my sincere condolences to the entire Shaffer family. I met Paul (Mr. Shaffer) while in high school were his boys and I wrestled. He always had a smile and a warm greeting along with his wife. He’ll be sadly missed by all that knew him. God Bless, all in this time of grieving.
Dear Shaffer Family. My condolences to all of you on the passing of Paul. I remember all of you well when you moved in next to my Grandfather McCracken’s farm. Paul used to let me ride with him hauling coal up to Ashtabula, OH. in ’56, ’57, ’58. He really was a Great Man. I last saw him in June 2005. I’m saddened to know he’s no longer with us. RIP Paul, I’ll miss you. Mike Coulter, Mesa, AZ.
Rest In Peace Uncle Paul. You are very loved. Til we meet again. Many hugs, prayers and much love sent you Aunt Pat and family
Only guy I ever knew that had his own Estate and Yacht. Don’t get much more beloved
Thoughts and prayers for the Shaffer family.
Take comfort knowing your Dad is with the Lord.
Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all.
Pat, Bob, Roy, Doug and Don,
I am so sorry for your loss. Sorry I can’t make the funeral home I am on vacation.
Love you all!!
“Twas a dandy neighborhood to grow up in and live in. Then Paul and Pat left for the Big City. McCracken Road will never be the same. But they did a great job with the four boys God gave them.
Our deepest condolences.
Condolences to you and your family Pastor Roy. Mr.Shaffer was such an amazing man who lived an amazing life. After reading his obituary I can see he was a loving, and caring family man. Now I know where Roy Shaffer get that kind caring heart from ❤️. May your daddy rest peacefully with god now. He’s may not be here in flesh but he sure will be here in spirit .
Dear Shaffer Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you just now as we know your loss, yet experience with faith that It Is Well…we loved him so much too! and love all the memories you shared with us.
To Pastor Shaffer and Entire Family: Our entire family and friends are sending there condolences to you and your family we will continuously keep your entire family in prayer .
So very sorry for your loss. Hope he and Jerry behave themselves up there! No shoot em up stuff!