William Glen Shafer
Marco Island, FL
William Glen Shafer, 81, of Marco Island joined his heavenly
family on September 14, 2008 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Bill was born April 17, 1927 in Sigourney, Iowa to the late
William Glen Shafer and Jennie Michel Shafer. He was raised in this
small southeast Iowa town during the Great Depression, a fact that
shaped the man he became. He graduated from Sigourney High School in
1945 and entered the U.S. Navy near the end of WWII. After his tour
of duty, Bill returned to Iowa and earned a degree in Dairy Science
from Iowa State University.
Bill worked from an early age and work was one of his joys in
life. His first job, at age 11, was as a paperboy for the The Des
Moines Register. He put himself through Iowa State on the G.I.
Bill and by making cheese, part time, at the Iowa State Agricultural
Lab. Bill dedicated his entire career to the dairy business and he
held every conceivable job from washing cream cans to managing
sales. Eventually he rose to the role of Senior Vice President of
Fairmont Foods, a Fortune 500 company based in Omaha at the time.
Following 26 years at Fairmont, Bill moved on to build and then sell
a wholesale dairy processing company for Cumberland Farms, the East
Coast convenience store chain.
Bill was a wise and good man who gave generously to his
family, church and community. It’s a big part of what defined him as
a person. He was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on
Marco Island, serving on the vestry. He also served for many years
on the board of his condo association, helping to steer his fellow
homeowners through hurricane repairs and other financial matters.
In addition he was a S.C.O.R.E. volunteer helping small business
owners get started.
Bill loved Lauri, his wife of 30 years, dearly. He loved his
three sons, their wives and children, and their children’s children.
Those who were blessed by Bill’s love and his deep concern for their
well being love him and will miss him more than words can say. If
life is about loving and about caring for others—as Bill believed it
was—his was a life lived to its fullest.
Bill is survived by his adoring wife, Loretta (Lauri)
Daugherty Shafer; sons, David Keith, William Glen Shafer III and
David Burn; daughters in law, Pam Keith, Carol Shafer, Lisa Giboo
and Darby Strong; grandchildren, Stephanie Keith Taylor (and
husband, Joe), Amanda Shafer Scholtes (and husband, Jonathan), Sarah
Shafer Pinkelman (and husband, Travis), Matt Holubar, Adam Holubar and
William Glen Shafer IV; great grandchildren, Cooper Taylor and
Gabriela Taylor; and two nieces Janet Shafer Sedgwick and Nancy
Shafer Gysland. Bill was preceeded in death by his brother, Robert
and sister, Glenda Jo.
Memorial services will be held 11:00
a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2008 at Keokuk County Historical
Society in Sigourney. A second service will be conducted later this
fall at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island. For those
wishing to honor him, memorials can be sent to Keokuk County
Historical Society, PO Box 123, Sigourney, IA 52591 and Habitat for
Humanity of Collier County, 11145 Tamiami Trail East, Naples,