Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stockton Shafer (December 20, 1921 - July 26, 2009)

Mr. (Jean) Stockton Shafer, age 87 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday morning July 26, 2009. Mr. Shafer was born in Muncie, Indiana on December 20, 1921, son of the late Max Reed and Helen (Parsons) Shafer. He lived in Greenville since 1950. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his twin sister Sara Peterson.

Stockton his survived by his wife Virginia, whom he married on New Years Eve in l964 and 3 stepsons—Freddie and David Dean of Greenville and Michael Dean of Troy.

Stockton retired from Checkers Theaters after more than 20 years during which time he managed theaters in Celina, St. Marys and Greenville where he will most likely be remembered as Mr. Shafer the manager of the old State Theater on West Third Street in Greenville. Before this he worked with his Dad in various areas of the milk business operating dairy stores in Circleville, Ashville and the Green Villa Confectionery on South Broadway in Greenville.

A Veteran of W.W. II serving in the U.S. Army and a graduate of Wilmington College of Ohio, he had been director of the Greenville Boys Club from 1958 to 1964 and helped Bob Hawes before it was moved from the basement of the Memorial Hall. He was the County Chairman of the Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) for six years and a member of the Greenville Rotary Club for more then 35 years. He was a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 and Fort Black Eastern Star for over 50 years and a member of the Greenville American Legion for that time as well.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday July 31, 2009 in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 201 S. Broadway Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Colin Barros officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 till 8 P.M. in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Friday l hour prior to the services in the church. Full Military Services will be held at 4:30 P.M. Thursday by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard and a Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 7:30 P.M. Thursday in the funeral home. The graveside service will be private and held at the convenience of the family.