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Gerald C. Shaffer
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Park View Cemetery and Funeral Home, 3661 E. French Camp Road, Manteca, for Gerald Coy Shaffer, 79, of Manteca. The former Hughson resident died Oct. 8, 2008 at Doctors Hospital in Manteca.

A funeral service starts at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. Burial will immediately follow at Cherokee Memorial Park.

Born Dec. 17, 1928, Mr. Shaffer was a native of Clarksburg, W.V. A California resident for 46 years, Mr. Shaffer was a Hughson resident in the 1970s. He lived in Modesto and then Manteca for the last 30 years. Prior to his disability retirement from Tri Valley Growers, Mr. Shaffer had been a coal miner, theater manager and usher, grocery clerk, salesman, shipping clerk, trucking company representative, factory worker and bar owner. In his latter years he became a community activist and advocate for mobilehome owner rights. Mr. Shaffer was a member and trustee of the Teamster Retirees of Stockton and Modesto. Friends and family members will remember him for his sense of humor and loyalty.

He leaves behind his son, John Shaffer of Ceres; a stepson, Tom Hobbs of Manteca; two brothers, Ronald Shaffer of West Milford, W.V., and Harold Shaffer of North Miama, Fla.; his sister, Patricia Miller of Clarksburg, W.V.; and grandchildren, Matthew Shaffer and Katherine Shaffer of Ceres, Kristin Rose Boster, Thomas Hobbs, and Jacob Hobbs, all of Manteca; two great-grandchildren; and caretaker, Lucille Cunningham.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /October 15, 2008