Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I have been remiss in not getting this notice up till now. Longtime owner of the corner gas station Ted Shaffer died last month. His daughter Jane and son Bob ran the operation at 51st and Pearl during the last decade or more. Ted was born and raised in Ruston. His mother lived here most of her life as well. He carried more history of this town than we'll ever know and was a mainstay both economically and visually with his business.
Bob wrote the following about his dad. There will be a memorial scheduled at a later date. Cards can be send c/o the Shaffer Family, 13911 97th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98329.
Ted Shaffer, owner of Shaffer’s Automotive, passed away 12-16-2011 to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. He died quietly in the hospital after a massive stroke. He is preceded by his wife of 58 years Marilyn and is survived by his children, Jane, John and Bob. Ted and Marilyn had seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ted grew up in Ruston and volunteered to serve our Country at age 17 in 1942. He participated in the Pacific during WWII in the invasion of Saipan, Palau, Tanya and Okinawa. After the war Ted became a Journeyman Machinist working at the railroad then at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Ted will be remembered most as the owner of Shaffer’s Automotive, a business he started in 1955 and operated for 55 years.