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Service and Visitation Thursday for Virgil Shaffer

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Virgil “Sunshine” Shaffer, age 86 of Valparaiso, IN, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018.

He was born May 21, 1931 in West Liberty, WV to Oliver and Gladys (Ritchea) Shaffer.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel (Applegarth) Shaffer; sons, Douglas (Christine) and Gregory Shaffer; grandchildren, Ashlyn (Brandon) Ruff, Hailey (Steven) Williams and Megan Shaffer; siblings, Eleanor (Bob) Ernest, David (Diana) Shaffer, Paul (Betty Ann) Shaffer and Crystal (Kirk) Wring; in-laws, Howard, Larry and Joyce Applegarth; cousin, Darrell (Nancy) Ritchea and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, John Shaffer, Dorothy Sommerville and Robert Shaffer and brother-in-law, Warren Applegarth.

Virgil served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Midwest Steel after 33 years of employment. He loved fishing, camping and the beach. He enjoyed gardening and feeding the birds. He was caring and helpful, a jack of all trades and was loved by many and will be missed.

A family remembrance will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304.

Visitation will take place from 2:00 p.m. until time of remembrance at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Posted 4/24/2018





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