Emanuel Paul Shaffer, 65, of Fayette, Ohio, died May 22, 2014, at Sunny’s Campground near Wauseon, Ohio.
He was born July 4, 1948, in Wauseon, to the late Emanuel Ira and Creta (Jones) Shaffer. He married Cheryl Milliman on Nov. 18, 1967, at the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples and she survives.
Paul was a 1967 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School and a life-long resident of Fayette. He also attended Northwest State Community College where he studied to be a journeyman’s technician. Paul worked as a maintenance technician at the former Fayette Tubular Products, and retired in 2003 from Sauder Woodworking in Archbold, Ohio.
Paul was active in the Fayette community, where he formerly served as a member of the village council, coached little league and softball, helped with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and served on the Pleasant View Union Cemetery board. He was a member of the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department for more than 15 years, and was the first EMT in Fulton County when he started in 1974.
Paul loved fishing, camping, and woodworking, but his greatest passion was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by two sons, Robert (and Toni) Shaffer of Monroe, Tenn., and Jeremy (and Susan) Shaffer of Fayette; two daughters, Desiree (and Kevin) Snyder of Fayette, and Megan (and Israel) Lerma of Fayette; a sister, Vicki (and Gary) Durling, of Hudson, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Marisa, Hailey, Hannah, Jacob, Dilan, Emily, Emma, Elijah and Caleb; and five great-grandchildren, Preslye, Braxton, Brooklyn, Paityn and Blaine.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister in childhood, Donna Marie; and his mother-in-law, Betty Kline.
Funeral services are planned at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Visitation is scheduled Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Fayette Friends for the Fields.