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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
John Sheaffer

John Andrew Sheaffer

Friday, July 1st, 1927 - Monday, November 18th, 2019
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John Andrew Sheaffer, 92, of Shippensburg, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019, at the Chambersburg Hospital.

He was born on July 1, 1927, and was a son of John A. and Mary C. Mellot Sheaffer.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Helen Hudak Sheaffer; two sons, John A. Sheaffer, III of Shippensburg, and Steven C. (and wife Celeste) Sheaffer, of Apopka, FL; two grandchildren, John V. Thompson of NC, and Rebecca Sue Thompson of TN; and one great-grandson, Christopher J. Thompson, of TN.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Laurie Ann Thompson in 2010; one brother, Reuben M. Sheaffer; three sisters, Rebecca J. Wingerd, Mary C. Wilson, and Evelyn M. Kutz; and one half-brother, Bruce Huntsburger.

At the age of four, John entered the Hershey Industrial School (orphanage for boys), now Milton Hershey School, from which he graduated in 1946. From a very young age, John was an avid sportsman. Throughout his high school years, he participated in football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, and boxing. He was selected as first team right half back and first team defensive safety of the 1945 Dauphin Company All Star Football Team. He received the Milton Hershey School Community Service Award in 2003, where his name remains in the Rotunda in Hershey, PA. In 2010, John was inducted into the Milton Hershey School Athletic Hall of Fame. John also played football for the Chambersburg Cardinals, the very first charter Cardinal football team.

After graduation from Milton Hershey, John was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the occupation of Japan in the 24th Infantry Division. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he was employed by the G.C. Murphy Co. His work took him to Washington D.C., Stamford, CT, and Bethlehem, PA. He then moved to Shippensburg and was employed as an engineering department inspector for the SKF Company.

John attended Penn State Satellite School of Engineering in Chambersburg, PA.

In 1956, he returned to Stamford, CT, and worked in the engineering department of American Cyanamid Company. Keeping true to his sports, he coached the American Cyanamid Girls Softball Team for two years, and won the city’s Industrial Softball League Award. John then joined Dorr Oliver Company, also in Stamford, and began a 26 year tenure as an engineering designer. He finished in a managerial role covering operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. He also traveled to Europe to train colleagues abroad. John holds several U.S. patents with reference to Dorr Oliver equipment. He also attended the University of Connecticut Satellite School for Engineering. In January, 1985, at the age of 57, he retired from Dorr Oliver and returned to Shippensburg, making it his permanent home once again.

Continuing his lifelong love of sports, he joined the Shippensburg Area Athletic Association, sponsors of the Shippensburg Stars baseball team. After two years on the board, John was elected President and served in that role for 23 years.

John was a lifelong member of the Durff-Kuhn V.F.W. Post #6168 and the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion, Post #223, both in Shippensburg. He was also a member of the Shippensburg Investment Group and the Shippensburg Fish and Game Association. He was a past member and two year president of the Optimist Club, where he started the Shippensburg High School and Shippensburg University M.V.P. Awards. Over the years, John had great pleasure of presenting approximately 1300 of these awards. After seven years, the V.F.W. Post #6168, took over financing the trophies.

John loved people and was loved by so many in return. He cherished his life and through his 92nd year, remained enthusiastic, energetic, and young at heart.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church with the Father Dwight D. Schlaline officiating. Family will receive friends immediately following the services at the church. Military honors will be conducted by the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion, Post #223, Minutemen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 600 River Avenue, Suite 400 Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

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    Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church
    305 North Prince Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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    Family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.
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    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 2:00pm
    Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church
    305 North Prince Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Military Honors will be conducted by the Oscar M. Hykes American legion Post # 223 Minutemen immediately following the service.
    Father Dwight D. Schlaline
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Horace Flynn

Posted at 11:12am
I have lost a long time friend and BROTHER (HIS/MHS)!! You will be missed! Till we meet again GOD BLESS!

Dave Coover

Posted at 10:34am
John, I enjoyed hunting with you at Splittin' Pines Camp in Tuscarora State Forest. You will be remembered. Linda and I send our sincerest condolences to your loving wife and family. Rest in Peace....
Dave Coover

Sharon Cebek

Posted at 06:41pm
Our parents always enjoyed getting together with the Hershey crowd. My dad (Sam Aiken) graduated with John from Hershey
Industrial School in 1946 and they all remained in touch with each other over all those years. They enjoyed seeing
everyone at all the Hershey school reunions and then enjoyed seeing everyone yearly at the Wolf farm where they
continued to have their annual gatherings. I know my parents (Sam and Dee Aiken) would want to express sincere
sympathies to Helen and her family at this difficult time....Sharon (Aiken) and Gary Cebek

Cyndi & Dan Dravis

Posted at 06:15pm
Dear Aunt Helen, Johnny, Steven and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of Uncle John's passing.
Will always remember his wonderful sense of humor and quick wit.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Cyndi and Dan Dravis

Colin McDermott

Posted at 03:17pm
As a recent graduate of the Shippensburg University football team, John presented me with the 2017 VFW Team Leadership award. John was always at our practices in our 2017 National Playoff Season and shook my hand and applauded me on my hard work on the field and in my studies. I am very sad to hear of his passing and I wish his loved ones the best and want them to know that he impacted a man like me in the Shippensburg community and everywhere.

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