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Forrest Shafer

Forrest W. "Bill" Shafer

Friday, July 25th, 1941 - Friday, January 24th, 2020
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Forrest “Bill” Shafer, 78

Forrest “Bill” Shafer, 78 of Ashland passed away, Friday, January 24, 2020 in OhioHealth MedCentral Hospital.

He was born on July 25, 1941 in Caldwell, Ohio, the son of the late Raymond W. and Wadna (nee Nalley) Shafer.

Bill graduated from Ashland High School, Class of 1960.

He married the former, Judith Anderson on June 16, 1962.

He retired after more than 40 years. Bill started working at the age of eleven at Gerwig’s market picking strawberries. It was from his training their he learned how to be a meat cutter. He was employed for 20 years at the T&A Saveway, 4 years as a meat cutter and 16 years as a store manager. Bill completed his career working at Buehler’s at the Medina Store and River Styx for 10 years. Throughout the years, he also was employed at Boliantz and Turk Brothers meat company.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved to vegetable garden and supporting Ashland University Women’s Basketball team.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Shafer of Ashland; one daughter, Jill (Steven) Laskey of Mansfield; two sons, Todd W. Shafer of Shiloh and Sean C. Shafer of Ashland; four grandchildren; and two brothers, Phillip (Ruth) Shafer and Robert “Bob” (Joyce) Shafer.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Edward Catholic Church, 501 Cottage Street, Ashland Ohio 44805 with Father Rod Kreidler officiating. Interment will follow in the Imhoff Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service in the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward School, 433 Cottage Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

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Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Edward Catholic Church
    501 Cottage Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 11:00am
    St. Edward Catholic Church
    501 Cottage Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Father Rodney A. Kreidler
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 12:30pm
    Imhoff Cemetery
    State Route 603
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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Jatonda Fisher

Posted at 11:12am
Judy and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My deepest sympathy to you at this time.
I pray God will bring you comfort as I know he will be greatly missed.
Toni Fisher

Renee Fortney Kehres

Posted at 09:02pm
Judy you and Bill were my life long friends of both mine and my parents you both have meant so much to our family I wish I could be there for you Ike you were there for me for both of my parents. Love hugs and peace and strength Bill will be missed love to you judy

Gary Kathy McQuate

Posted at 05:29pm
We are so sorry for your loss, Bill was always friendly an had a smile every time I’d wave across the yard, usually trying to keep up with him mowing yard. He will be greatly missed by us all in the neighborhood. Gary Kathy McQuate

Judy Sheaffer

Posted at 10:25pm
As an Stna I first met Bill when he was visiting his mom at KOA. He was a good man and shared his over abundance of tomatoes with the staff there. Even though I had not seen him in a long while, he will be missed. So sorry for your loss. Ralph and Judy sheaffer

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