|Stewart E Sheffer, Jr|
|Birth: ||Nov. 2, 1926|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 2012|
Stewart E. Sheffer, Jr., of Mill Creek, Pa., formerly of Elliottsburg, Pa., passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012. He was born November 2, 1926 in York, Pa., to Stewart E. and Emma (Laughman) Sheffer, Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Martha (Lowery) Gravish; daughter, Marlene McPherson of Elliottsburg; son, Lynn D. Sheffer of Elliottsburg; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; sisters, Fay (Sheffer) Entler of York and Joan (Sheffer) Graybill and husband, Richard, of Spring Grove; brother, Donald "Wimp" Sheffer and wife, Janet of Lewisberry; and sister-in-laws, Faye Sheffer of York and Dawn Sheffer of Dover. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Pearl (Newlin) Sheffer, an infant daughter, and brothers, Ervin O. Sheffer and Walter P. Sheffer.
Stewart was more widely known by his several nicknames, George, Sheaf and Junior. He was a 1943 graduate of Dover High School and a Navy Veteran Signalman of WW II. He moved to Perry County in 1950 and worked as an apprentice with his father-in-law at Newlin's Garage in Ickesburg. He bought the business and operated it until 1971 when he taught for a year at the newly-opened Cumberland-Perry Technical School. Then he worked at Greenwood Repair Shop for over 14 years until he retired in 1986.
Stewart was active in his church, the former Ickesburg United Church of Christ, the Ickesburg Lions Club,the Perry County Historical Society and the Perry County Council of the Arts, where he was named "Artist of the Year" in 1995.
He play acoustic bass in many well-known local music groups, including The Sunset Hoedowners, The Mac-Do-Lats, Just Country, The Fuller Family Strings, The Recollections, and The Country Ramblers. His fellow musicians and his audiences remember his showmanship, including his many jokes and inspirational recitations.
He became interested in the art of blacksmithing and practiced it widely in the state, traveling to many craft shows and festivals. He was in demand as a popular demonstrator of the craft and as a creative designer of decorative smithed items.
Another old-time craft he practiced was hog-butchering. To keep the practice alive, he authored the book Country Butchering.
Family and friends are invited to services on Saturday, August 4 at the Faith United Church in Ickesburg with a Memorial Service at 11 AM. There is a time for visitation from 10 AM until the service.
Added Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:41 a.m.
Stewart E Sheffer (1906 - 1967)
Emma M Laughman Sheffer (1907 - 1970)
Pearl N Sheffer (1928 - 2002)
Stewart E Sheffer (1926 - 2012)
Fay Jacquelyn Sheffer Entler (1928 - 2013)*
Ervin O Sheffer (1929 - 1996)*
Donald Roger Sheffer (1933 - 2013)*
Created by: pamela crouse
Record added: Dec 29, 2012
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