Shelbyville Daily Union

Obituaries

February 10, 2013

Delmar C. Shafer

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Delmar C. Shafer

Windsor, IL

Delmar Clem Shafer of Windsor, IL died at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday February 9, 2013 in Shelbyville, IL  in Shelbyville, Manor. 

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Monday, February 11, 2013 in Windsor Christian Church, Windsor, IL with Rev. Richard Eident officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:30-12 noon on Monday in the church.  Burial will be in Windsor Cemetery, Windsor, IL with military rites by the Windsor American Legion Post #725. Arrangements are by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.  Memorials may be given to Windsor Christian Church or Windsor American Legion Post #725.

Delmar was born on September 27, 1921 in Gays, IL, the son of Clem and Anna Laura Smith Shafer.   He graduated from Windsor High School in the class of 1940.  Delmar enjoyed playing basketball while in High School.  His senior year the team made it to the sweet 16 in a one class system.   Since he lived in Gays, Delmar had to walk or hitchhike to school every day.  His coach, Russell Curry, was generous and brought him home after basketball practice most days. After graduation, Delmar worked in St. Louis until drafted by the U.S. Army in 1942.  On August 29th 1942, Delmar married Dorothy Juhnke Shafer.  He served his country in the Pacific Theater as a radio operator first in New Guinea in the invasion of Luzon in the battle for the Philippine Island and finally in the occupation of Japan.  Delmar received two bronze battle stars, the Philippine liberation ribbon and numerous other ribbons and battle stars for his service.  

Throughout his life, Delmar enjoyed the outdoors; hunting and fishing were some of his favorite activities.  Delmar worked for Coles Moultrie Electric Cooperative for 41 years.  He began his career as a lineman and then became the Outdoor Operating Manager.  Delmar was also a carpenter.  He helped build three homes for his family and assisted family and friends with lots of different projects.

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