Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
James Shaffer

   James B. Shaffer, 64, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Monday, Aug. 8, 2005 at his home. Jim was born on Sunday, Jan. 5, 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of John S. and Dolores A. (Harber) Shaffer. He married Janis L. (Kuhn) Barrett on April 21, 2001 in Mt. Pleasant.

   Jim was a certified public accountant, who worked at a variety of jobs, including many years with Weinlander, Fitzhugh in Gladwin. His last job was as assistant treasurer for the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, a member of the Gladwin Rotary Club, the Knights of Columbus, and the Chamber of Commerce, all in Gladwin. He was a member of the board of directors for the Midland Area Credit Union for five years. He enjoyed camping, riding his Gold Wing motorcycle and sports of all kinds, especially football and NASCAR. He played softball and basketball and coached Little League. He was a graduate of Midland High School, class of 1959, where he held several track records, some of which were not beaten for more than 30 years. He was a 1972 graduate of Central Michigan University. Jim was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a SP4 on active duty from Oct. 20, 1961 until Oct. 19, 1964.

   Survivors include his wife, Janis; two sons, James B. (Tammy) Shaffer II of Wixom and Jon L. (Sarah) Shaffer of Big Rapids and their mother, Ella May Shaffer of Sanford; two daughters, Caitlin E. and Alissa M. Barrett; his father, John S. Shaffer of Gladwin; four grandchildren, Michael, Kristen, Benjamin, and Luke; three brothers, John “Jack” (Carol) Shaffer of Edenville, Robert J. (Debra) Shaffer of Midland, and Steven “Butch” (Melody) Shaffer of Burton; one sister, Ann M. (Gary) Myers of Gladwin; his father and mother-in-law, Calvin and Dorothy Kuhn of Ishpeming; and a sister-in-law, Kristin and David Culliton of Wichita, Kansas. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores A. Shaffer in 2000, and his grandparents, Oliver R. and Mamie Shaffer and Bruno I. and Anna Harber.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11 from the First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Boley officiating. Friends may gather with the family at the Helms Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial of the cremated remains will take place at a later date in Ishpeming Cemetery in Ishpeming. The family has suggested memorial contributions in Jim’s memory be made to the First United Methodist Church, CMU Public Broadcasting, Hospice of Central Michigan, or to the wishes of the family. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, MI48858.

   Please see www.helmsfuneralhome. com for an online obituary and to leave a message for the family.

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Ishpeming Cemetery, Ishpeming, MI
U.S. Army
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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September 2009
Bob Frei
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