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Monday, August 2, 2004


Max W. Shaffer, 68, Terre Haute, died quietly at home surrounded by family on Friday, July 30, 2004. He was born Jan. 23, 1936, to Doris and Wayne Shaffer.

He served his country in the Army during the occupation of Germany following World War II. Following his military service, he worked at CBS records for over 10 years. He later joined the Teamsters Local and retired from ABF Transport after 25 years of service.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and baseball enthusiast who coached a semi-professional baseball team, the Staunton All-Stars, for over 10 years in the 1960s. He also enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and watching NASCAR racing.

He is survived by his three daughters, Noell and Timothy Lenardo, Terre Haute, Abagail Shaffer and James Hoke, Loami, Ill. and Holly Shaffer and Charles Schmadeke of Springfield, Ill.; five siblings, Garry Shaffer, Cloverdale, Mary Joan and David Brown, Terre Haute, Marsha Kay Shaffer, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Phyllis and Robert Shaffer, and Susan and Charles "Chuck" Shaffer all of Brazil; grandchildren Evan, Matthew, Audrey and Zachary Lenardo; and several nieces and nephews.

His life will be celebrated on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. at the French Funeral Home in Brazil.

During the final weeks of his life, he spoke fondly of his memories of coaching and playing alongside his friend Roy Brann. He wanted to rekindle his participation in the game as a coach despite his ailing health. In memory of his love for the game, his family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Brazil City Park Board, in care of Ruthann Jeffries, Brazil City Hall, 203 E. National Ave., Brazil, IN, 47834. The donations will be used for the restoration of the Roy Brann Stadium in Brazil.