Alfred J. Shafer, 71, of Echo Township, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at his home.
He was born Aug. 22, 1940, in Chestonia Township, the son of Norman and Marrion (Watros) Shafer.
On Jan. 23, 1962, he married Darlene Hersha in Alba and they made their home in Echo Township.
Al was employed by the East Jordan Iron Works for 31 years, retiring in 1999.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, doing mechanical work and hunting mushrooms.
Surviving are his wife, Darlene; children, Susan (Duane "Dale") Arnott of East Jordan, Karen (Robert) Herrmann of Boyne City, Brenda (Tim) Kassuba of Arvada, Wyo., and Kimberlyn Shafer of East Jordan; seven grandchildren, Julie Shafer, Timothy Kassuba, PFC Michael Kassuba (National Guard), Brittany Herrmann, Katelynn Herrmann, PVC Justin Arnott (U.S. Army, Afghanistan FOB BO), Jennifer Arnott; three great-grandchildren, Jessa, Jorja and Jonah; sisters Mary (B.J.) Gates of Lakeview, Ind., Norma (Paul) Bowers of Loves Park, Ill.; brothers, Robert (Linda) Everett of Cadillac, Dale (Cathy) Everett of East Jordan, Willard (Jean) Shafer of East Jordan. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert L. Everett, and three brothers, James Shafer, Don Everett and Jerry Everett.
Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Hastings Funeral Home in Ellsworth.
The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the East Jordan United Methodist Church with the Rev. Celia M. Hastings and the Rev. Rap Posnik officiating.
Burial will be in Dunsmore Cemetery, Echo Township.
For those wishing to make memorial contributions the family suggests the Banks Township Historical Society.