Arapahoe, Nebraska

Donald Robert Shafer, age 80, of Oxford, Nebraska died on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Harlan County Hospital, in Alma, Nebraska. He was born on July 17, 1931 on the family farm east of Edison, Nebraska to Robert & Velma (Osborn) Shafer.

He was a graduate of the Edison High School and was inducted into the US Army on June 4, 1953 and served his country until being honorably discharged on March 3, 1955. Following his service time he farmed with his father and brother Billy. On May 17, 1957 he married Karol Schleicher. To this union one son and three daughters were born. In 1968 they began farming on their own and purchased the home farm moving back in 1975. He was baptized in the Christian faith on January 3, 1980 and served as a Deacon and board member in the Edison Christian Church.

He served as secretary for the Edison Fire Department, 4-H leader, 4-H Council member, Co-op Board member, and Edison School Board, and American Legion Post #343 of Edison.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Duane & Jack Shafer, & nephew David Shafer.

He is survived by his wife Karol Shafer of Oxford, Nebraska

                        Son: Gale & wife Susan Shafer of Edison, Nebraska

                         Daughters: Shelli Daily & husband Frank of Holdrege, Nebraska

                                          Loari Bray & husband Sam of Wilcox, Nebraska

                                          Staci Hall & husband Andrew of Nunn, Colorado

                        Grandchildren: 8      Great Grandchildren: 5

                        Brothers: Jerry Shafer & wife Colleen of Lincoln, Nebraska

                                       Billy Shafer & wife Ida of Edison, Nebraska

                                       Sam Shafer & wife Donna of Lincoln, Nebraska

                                       Francis Shafer of Edwardsville, Kansas

                         Sisters:  Maxine Homer of Helena, Montana

                                      Phyllis Kantaras of Kearney, Nebraska

                                      Arlene Smith of Blue Springs, Nebraska

                                      Marjorie Erickson & husband Duane of Hampton, Nebraska

                                      Janice Howman & husband Richard of Lakewood, Colorado

                  Sister-In-Law: Gladys Shafer of Lincoln, Nebraska

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Viewing & visitation will be Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 1 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, in Arapahoe, Nebraska, casket will be closed prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be Monday, March 26, 2012 at 2 PM at the Edison Christian Church, in Edison, Nebraska with Pastor Kirk Einspahr, officiating. Burial will be at the Edison Cemetery, at Edison, Nebraska with military rites presented by the American Legion Post #343 of Edison, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the services.