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Ronald Coleman Shaffer

Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Nica (Sines) Shaffer; his father, Clifton Shaffer; and his stepdaughter, Shelby Lilya.
Ron is survived by his wife, Rita (Nine) Shaffer of Union City; his daughter, Tracey (David) McConnell of Newburgh, Ind.; his stepdaughter Kim (Scott) Dorton of Kingsport; his brother, Bill (Pat) Shaffer; his nephews, Brian Shaffer, Randy Shaffer and Billy Shaffer of Cumberland, Md.; and his grandson, Kade McConnell.
Ron was a 1956 graduate of Fort Hill High School. A football scholarship sent him to the University of Maryland, where he graduated with a degree in engineering. Upon graduation, Ron enrolled as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He then began working as an industrial engineer at the Kelly Springfield Tire Co. in Cumberland, Md. Twenty-four years later, he moved to Union City, where he continued his career at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
In his retirement, Ron was a member of the Master Gardener Club in Union City. He enjoyed spending time outdoors in his garden, woodworking and reading. He was also an avid blood donor.
Ron was a well-respected man who always made himself available to those in need. He was a strong and humble man. Knowing him was an honor. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at noon (EDT) at the Livingstone Church of the Bretheren in Cumberland.
A memorial donation may be made to Chemo Buddies of Evansville, Ind,, a nonprofit  organization that focuses on making chemotherapy sessions as pleasant and comforting as possible. Donations may be made online at or mailed to Chemo Buddies, 6521 Greencove Ave., Evansville, IN 47715. Donations may also be made to the American Red Cross online at or mailed to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 101508, Atlanta, GA 30392-1508.

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