Herbert Shafer, 77, Garrison, formerly of Roseglen, died on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at a Garrison nursing home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Garrison Church of God. Burial will at the Ryder Cemetery Monday at 2:30 p.m. Fellowship will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Ryder following graveside services.
Visitation will be held today, Oct. 7, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.
Herbert was born Dec. 9, 1934, to Jesse and Hallie (Erb) Shafer, on the family farm near Roseglen, N.D. He was raised on the farm and educated in rural schools and graduated from Ryder High School in 1952. He stayed on the farm and helped his dad until the early 1960s.
Herbert married Donna Schmidt on Jan. 24, 1965, in Tioga, N.D. They moved back to the farm in 1967 and started their family while raising small grains and cattle. While farming, Herb also had a side job welding. He was well known for his portable welding service. Herb retired from farming in 1991. They remained on the farm and Herb worked for Cenex in Ryder for a number of years.
Herb was very active in the local communities. He served many capacities on many boards including president of the North Shore School Board, Farmers Union Local in Roseglen, Farmers Union Oil Board, and the Makoti Threshers. He was also a supervisor on the township board, a member of the McLean County Weed Board, and was secretary/treasurer of the Hiddenwood Old Settlers. In his spare time he did work with the Gideons International and MEY Club.
Herb was a man of strong faith. He was a lay person at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Ryder, where he served communion and was clerk of session. He believed every morning should include reading Scripture; a trait which he passed down to his children.
Herb's greatest love was music. He had a truly wonderful voice and was able to share his faith and gift with countless people throughout the years. He sang at weddings and funerals, special events, and even competitions. He also had the privilege of singing with his wife, Donna, for many years. He spent several years singing in the Dickens play and also drove the Elizabus. Herb's efforts and musical gifts will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
Herb is survived by: his wife, Donna, Garrison; children, Rodney (Ellen) Shafer, and their children, Ethan and Angus Herbert Shafer, Fargo, Tyler Shafer, Fargo, Kristine Shafer, Denver, Colo.; brother-in-law (raised as Herb's son), Kelly Schmidt and his son, Thomas Schmidt, Kenmare; brother, Jesse Shafer, Portland, Ore.; sisters, Carol LaFrance, West Haven, Conn., and Opal Zimmer, Williston; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, David and Helen Shafer; sister-in-law, Arlene Shafer; brothers-in-law, Howard LaFrance, Leonard Zimmer and Thomas Schmidt.