Death of Bobby Lee “Bob” Shaffer

Bobby Lee “Bob” Shaffer of Elkview and Charleston passed away June 18, 2013, after a short illness. Bob was indeed a “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” born on the 4th of July, 1936. He was a true West Virginian at heart. He was a proud and principled man who lived a simple life. He fought a hard fight, but he could not overcome the many health obstacles that were put in his path.

Bob was a member of the 1955 graduating class of Elkview High School. He played guard on the Elkview football team and was a proud member of the 1954 Kanawha Valley Conference Championship team.

He was an Army veteran and was a banker by profession, having worked at Public Finance, Dollar Savings and Loan and Chemical Bank, all located in South Charleston. He worked for the Kanawha County Assessor’s Office part time after serving as assistant manager of the Charleston Tennis Club.

Bob was a member of the Charleston Moose Lodge, the Masonic Lodge 153 AF&AM, Scottish Rite in Valley of Charleston, Beni Kedem Shriners of Charleston and a former member of the Beni Kedem Patrol Marching Unit. He served on the Elk River Community Center board of directors and was treasurer of the Elkview High School All-Class Reunion Committee.

He loved golf, football, country music, wilted lettuce salads, the Elk River Community Center, the West Virginia Mountaineers, his family, his friends and most of all, the family farm on Frame Road where he was born.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Starling “Chick” and Irene “Booge” Droddy Shaffer; and his brother, Bill “Hollywood” Shaffer.

Survivors include his sons, of whom he was very proud, Bobby Shaffer of Hurricane and Scott Shaffer of Charleston; grandson, who his grandpa adored, Joshua Robert Shaffer, who attends College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.; brother, Larry Shaffer and wife, Betty, of Elkview; sister-in-law, Billy Shaffer of Vienna; close cousins, Richard Bailey of Charleston and Mike McNealy of Sissonville; and loving companion of three years, Buffy Thomas of Pinch. He is also survived by several nieces, Tammy, Angie Jodie, Robin and Leigh Ann.

Service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Burial will be in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin and Masonic graveside rites by Masonic Lodge 153 AF&AM, Charleston.

The family will receive visitors from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the funeral home and one hour prior on the day of the service.

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The Shaffer family would like to express their appreciation to St. Francis Hospital and the staff for their excellent care of Bob. Particular thanks and heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Tony Dasaro and the ICU and PCU nursing staff that became Bob’s family and loved him as much as his own family. All of the cards, phone calls, visits and prayers from friends and classmates were also greatly appreciated.