Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ted Shaffer

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.


Anonymous said...

Ted was a great Man. He will be missed. God speed.

Jim said...

Even after he retired he was at the station every day doing something. Always asked him "How's retirement?"

Carla said...

My father in law Ted was a very good businessman/father/grandfather & friend to us all. He will surely be missed. I love you & miss you very much. Love your daughter in law Carla

Eric said...

I feel honored to have worked for Ted when I was younger. He helped shape a lot of values and work ethic that have carried through my working carrier. And once in a while, though I my not of appreciated it at the time,he delivered a much needed boot in the ass that only a crotchety WWII vet could deliver.
Thank you Ted.