Roger E. Shaffer
1913 – 2012
It’s with regret that I’m writing about the death of Roger E. Shaffer. I never knew Mr. Shaffer, but was well aware of his work researching the history of Hanover Junction, a small village in North Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania. A website about the village was created many years ago and is titled “Hanover Junction, PA – A lifetime of memories“. Some of his memories and stories are shared there, along with others which are available as books.
Another of Mr. Shaffer’s hobbies were building detailed models of structures from Hanover Junction, which can also be viewed on the website.
According to the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc. website:
Roger E. Shaffer, 98, of Hellertown, died Thursday, March 22, 2012 at his residence. He is the husband of the late Claudia I. (Miller) Shaffer who died Aug. 5, 2001.
Born in Glen Rock, PA on June 29, 1913 to the late Wilferd and Mary (Roser) Shaffer. Roger worked as a superintendent of the No. 2 Roll Shop at the Bethlehem Steel until retiring in 1972.
Roger was a faithful member of First United Church of Christ, Hellertown where he sang on its choir for 55 years. He was a member of the F & AM Lodge 283, Bethlehem, 32 Degree, Rajah Temple, Reading; Board of Directors of the Union Cemetery of Hellertown; and the Hellertown Historical Society.
He was talented in making scale models of buildings that he donated to many organizations. Roger earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Gettysburg College, Class of 1937 and a graduate of Glen Rock High School, Class of 1933.
Survivors: Loving Sons: Dennis E. and his wife Marcia of Emmaus and Dean R. and his wife Brenda of Hellertown; 7 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. Predeceased by a brother: Major Wayne and a sister Mildred.
Services: Family and friends are invited to call 6 – 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 326 Main Street – Hellertown. F & A.M. Service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2012 at the First United Church of Christ, 501 Northampton St., Hellertown. The Rev. Richard L. Teitsworth will be the offiant. The interment will conclude services at Union Cemetery of Hellertown.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First United Church of Christ, 501 Northampton Street, Hellertown, PA 18055.
On behalf of myself and the objective behind Preserving York, I’d like to offer Mr. Shaffer’s family and friends our condolences. We are very sorry for your loss.
- Mr. Shaffer’s photograph obtained from the Hanover Junction website.