Obituary of David Shafer
David L. Shafer, 68, of South Jacksonville passed away Monday morning, January 29, 2018 at Heritage Manor Hospice in Springfield. He was born November 22, 1949 in Carrollton the son of Ralph B. and Martha U. Simonds Shafer. He married Sharon Armitage on April 8, 1978 in Jacksonville and she survives.
He is also survived by his mother, Martha Shafer of Jacksonville; three daughters, Kelly (Ed) Cannon and Heather (Mike) Tillery, both of Jacksonville, and Kimberly Shafer of Springfield; seven grandchildren, Curtis Tillery, Corey Tillery, Tanner (Kelsie) Knox, Jaynie Shafer, Nick Tillery, Maddie Shafer and Laura Cannon; 4 great-grandchildren, Kaylynne Tillery, Isaac Tillery, William Knox and Braelynn Knox; one brother, Rick Shafer of Jacksonville; one sister, Carol (Ron) Robison of Roodhouse, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Scott Shafer and his father, Ralph Shafer.
David graduated from North Greene High School in 1967 and obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Sangamon State University in Springfield. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. After returning from Vietnam he was stationed at 8th and I Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C., where he performed weekly ceremonial duties as well as duties at the White House and the Iwo Jima Memorial. He also performed Daily burial duty at Arlington National Cemetery. He later served in the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard, stationed in Beardstown. David was employed by the State of Illinois with the Department of Human Services, retiring in 2012.
David was a member and past-president of the Franklin Lions Club, and past-commander of the Franklin American Legion. He was involved in the formation of the Morgan County Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and served as Santa for several years. In addition, he was a member of Central Christian Church and enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time at his winter home in Alabama. He was an avid sports fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s events.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Williamson Funeral Home. The family will meet friends from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Heritage Manor Hospice in Springfield or the Central Illinois Blood Bank. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.