Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 28, 2013

Harold Leon Shafer - 1937-2013

IRONTON — Harold Leon Shafer, 76, of Ironton, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Jan. 13, 1937, in Lecta, to the late Clarence and Rachel Dillon Shafer.

He was a 1955 graduate of Ironton High School. Leon was a longtime member of Mamre Baptist Church in Kitts Hill. He was a charter member of Iron City Auto Club and past master of Waterloo Masonic Lodge 532. He was in the 202nd Kentucky National Guard band for 18 years. He was employed at Jack Wolfe Chevrolet Garage for 20 years. Following this, he and his brother, John, owned Shafer Brothers Body Shop from 1975 to 1998. Upon retiring, he was employed by Ironton City Schools as a bus driver from 2001 to 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rosemary Bowman; a grandson, Rodney Lee Townsend; and mother and father-in-law Almeda and Forrest Robinson.

Leon is survived by his wife of 57 years, Selba (Robinson) Shafer; daughter Rita (Cecil) Townsend; son, Michael (Patricia) Shafer; brother John (Phyllis) Shafer; grandsons Jason (Lindsey) Townsend of Fairfield and Jeff (Courtney) Townsend; granddaughter Summer Shafer; great-granddaughter Layla Townsend; great-grandson Cameron Townsend of Fairfield; brother-in-law Dr. Michael Bowman of Raleigh, N.C.; sister-in-law Doris Robinson; as well as many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

Per his request, a graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Highland Memorial Gardens with Pastor Ryan McKee officiating.

There will be no public visitation, everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jason Townsend, Jeff Townsend, Dave Lawless, Homer Woodburn, Wendell Shafer and Leland Shafer.

Phillips Funeral Home in Ironton is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the building fund at Mamre Baptist Church, 2367 County Road 182, Kitts Hill, OH 45645.

Condolences may be sent to the family at phillipsfuneralhome.net.

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