George Shaffer George R. Shaffer, age 86, of Pipestone, MN, died Thursday at his home in Pipestone. Funeral service was held Monday at 2 p.m. at Peace United Methodist Church in Pipestone. Burial was in Old Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone prior to the funeral service. Visitation was held Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel. George was born to Ed and Hazel Shaffer on June 21, 1922 in Pipestone, MN. He spent his boyhood in Pipestone and joined the Marines in 1942. He spent three and a half years overseas with the 1st Marine Division in the South Pacific in North China. He received his discharge in December, 1945. He returned to Pipestone where he went into the automobile business with his father. On June 1, 1946, he married Gloria Andersen, and they continued to make their home in Pipestone. In 1950, he went into the auto business for himself. In 1952, he contracted polio, and it left him with partial weakness which he never did fully recover from. In 1970, they moved to Rapid City, where George bought a storage business and later went into real estate. In 1987, they moved to Mesa, AZ, and in 1988, they moved back to Pipestone where he retired. On Thursday evening, Dec. 4, 2008, George died at his home in Pipestone under hospice care at the age of 86 years, five months and 15 days. George was a member of Peace United Methodist Church in Pipestone. He was also a member of the Michael Boock American Legion Post 6, VFW Post 3814, Disabled American Veterans, and the Masonic Lodges and Shrine. One of the highlights of his life was building race cars in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He loved automobiles, both old and new. He is lovingly remembered his wife, Gloria Shaffer of Pipestone, MN; his son, Randy Shaffer and his wife, Sheren of Pipestone, MN; his daughter, Gerri Shaffer and Daryl Stevenetti of Salt Lake City, UT; four grandchildren, Chadwick Shaffer, Christopher Shaffer, Sam Harper, and Jessica Harper; and three great-grandchildren, Shayla Shaffer, Summer Shaffer and Sydney Shaffer. He was preceded in death by his son, Jefferey; and his parents.
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