American Veteran 06

John R. Shaffer

February 12, 1926 ~ July 20, 2022 (age 96)


John (Johnny) R. Shaffer, 96, of Rossiter, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at his home, surrounded by loved ones.

John was born to the late Levi and Ethel (DeHart) Shaffer, in Reynoldsville on February 12, 1926. John was one of many children. 

He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps.  John joined the United States Army in 1944 and served during WWII.  He retired from IA Construction Corporation after 23 years of employment.  John was a member of the Rossiter American Legion.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time at his in camp in Potter County.   

He is survived by one brother, Gordon Shaffer of Rossiter. 

While Walter Bishop, John’s best friend, was ill he asked John if he would take care of his wife and family after he passed.  Of course, John being the caring person he was, agreed to this request.  John instantly found himself with another group of people he would call family.   True to his word, John did take care of Walter’s family.  John may not have known what he was agreeing to because over the next 45 years that family sure would grow.  John was a special part of each of their lives.  Therefore, John is also survived by the following family, Walter and Jane’s five children; Jeff Bishop of Florida, Kenny (Shelly) Bishop of Punxsutawney, Becky Brickell of Rossiter, Kae (John) Shiock of Indiana, Kim (Doug) Stiver of Punxsutawney and “extra” daughter Jayne (Ron) Shaffer of Rossiter and countless other loved ones.  

In addition to his parents; he was predeceased by four sisters, Virginia Shaffer, Dorothy Shaffer, Donna Humble and Gwendolyn Shaddock, nine brothers, Robert, Donald, Harry, Levi Jr, Larry, James, Virgil, Marlin, and Mahlon Shaffer, any that we may have missed and his companion of many years, Jane Bishop and Therm Brickell. 

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2022, at the Shumaker Funeral Home in Punxsutawney with additional viewing from 10 until 11am, time of service on July 23, 2022 at the funeral home with Tina Barkley officiating.

Interment will follow at Union Cemetery Rossiter. Full military honors will be accorded by members of the Rossiter Honor Guard.


A special thank you is being extended to Hospice 365 for their excellent care and love given to Johnny and his neighbor, Doug Winters, who was always there.  As well as all those who have given their time and efforts in his care over the last few months.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Shaffer's name to the Rossiter American Legion.

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