Ronald W. Shaffer, 72

Ronald W. Shaffer, 72, of West Bend, was received by his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1936, to Lawrence and Mary (Weirich) Shaffer in Galesburg, Kan. Ron grew up in southeast Kansas.

He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelorís of science and a masterís of art in education, and earned his specialist degree from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan., also in education.

Ron married Martha (Jamison) in 1965 in Lawrence, Kan. They moved to Topeka, Kan. in 1966 where they welcomed daughters Ronna in 1968 and Kendra in 1971.

Ron was a strong supporter of and believer in education. In fact, he served in secondary education from 1956 to 1996.

He also enjoyed employment as an auditor for several hotel chains over the years. In addition, he fulfilled an entrepreneurial goal by owning a Dairy Queen in Topeka.

Ron lived in Topeka until 2001, when he moved to Alaska.

In 2002, he moved with his daughter Ronna and her family from Alaska to West Bend.

Ron was an incredibly strong, generous man whose life modeled the values and morals in which he believed. He loved his family unconditionally and treasured the times they were all together.

Just as he loved his family, they too loved and cared for him deeply.

Ron is lovingly missed by his loved ones who survive, his former wife and friend, Martha Shaffer of Topeka; his daughters, Ronna Sue (Michael) Corliss of West Bend, Kendra (Jason) Beer of Overland Park, Kan.; grandchildren Jacob and Caleb Corliss, Griffin, Alaina and Graham Beer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Eloise Beard and Marilyn Hines.

A memorial service for Ron will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Brookwood Covenant Church, 3601 SW 33rd St., Topeka, with the Rev. Joan Porter officiating.

Cremation will be at Paradise Cremation Services of West Bend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Heartland Hospice, 1072 Gateway Court West Bend, WI 53095.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, 338-2050; www.phillipfuneralhome.com.