He was born April 12, 1933, in Clay County, the sons of Wayne Shaffer and Doris Corbin Shaffer. Garry graduated from Staunton High School, Class of 1951.
He was proud to say he was on the basketball team that won the sectionals in 1951. Garry served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He worked for AMAX Coal Company for 38 years in Central Illinois, Farmersburg and Brazil.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 2, F & AM Lodge #409 in Knightsville, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute and the Brazil Optimist Club. He was also a member of the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department.
In 1958, he married Shirley Myers Shaffer. She preceded him in death on Dec. 5, 1994. Garry and Shirley raised their three children in Brazil, and then in 2000, Garry moved to Waldron to be close to family.
Survivors include one daughter Lisa McMahon and husband Jim, Brazil, two sons Byron Shaffer, Indianapolis, and Brad Shaffer and wife Traci, Waldron, grandchildren Ashley Shaffer, Brock Shaffer, Samuel Shaffer, Sidney Shaffer, Kaitlyn McMahon, Brandon McMahon and Lance McMahon, great-grandson Luke, two brothers Robert Shaffer and wife Phyllis and Charles Shaffer and wife Susan, all of Brazil, two sisters Joan Brown and husband David, Terre Haute, and Marsha Shaffer and friend Judy, Idaho Falls, one uncle Earl Shaffer, Staunton, several nieces and nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley and one brother Max Shaffer.
Services will be Saturday at French Funeral Home at 11 a.m., with Rev. William Price officiating and Toni Cooksey also speaking.
Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery with military tribute provided by American Legion Post No. 2 and VFW Post No. 1127 and Active Army Funeral Honors.
Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m., and again Saturday prior to services. Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.