George Loran "Fox" Shaffer, of Sarcoxie Mo., departed this life on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, with his children by his side, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin Mo, at the age of 81 years. He was born April 12, 1936, in Sarcoxie, to Roscoe and Hazel (Carnes) Shaffer.
He was a graduate of Sarcoxie High School, where he excelled at baseball, basketball and football. After school, he excelled at billiards.
Following high school, he served his country by enlisting in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1960, being honorably discharged as an Airman Second Class. He loved telling stories about his adventures in the Air Force and being a "paid killer".
He served as an alderman for the city of Sarcoxie, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and delivered Meals on Wheels. He retired from Atlas Powder Company, in 1992, after 27 years.
He was the father of son, Greg Shaffer, and daughter, Gretchen Carter. The absolute joy of his life came in 1995 when his only grandchild, Shaffer Lauren Stevens, a.k.a "Mousey Foot", was born. He was crazy about Mouse.
George was a true character who never met a stranger and was always proud to tell everyone he was a "straight ticket democrat". Some of his greatest achievements were being chosen "yard of the month by the local drunks" with the sign proudly displayed in his yard and winning plaques for his chili and barbecue at the annual chili and barbecue contest, in Carthage. He enjoyed making people laugh and didn't have time for the "sad stuff". One of his favorite things to do was go to rummage sales and ask if they had "layaway". He loved going to Food 4 Less where everyone called him "Mayor" and catered to him like he was royalty.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and four brothers.
George is survived by his children, granddaughter and two sisters, DeeDee Horrall and Eva Fieker, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends.
To honor George's wishes, no services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, he requested donations be made to The Chief Sarcoxie Days Committee, PO Box 214, Sarcoxie, MO 64862.
He will be sadly missed forever.
Published on January 25, 2018