James H. Shaffer, 83, of West Pittsburg died the morning of Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, in Jameson Hospital.

Born Feb. 2, 1925, in Princeton, he was a son of the late William J. and Katherine Chesney Shaffer.

Mr. Shaffer was a retired owner/operator truck driver for Jones Motor Trucking Co.

He was a member of the WPTA.

Mr. Shaffer was an avid professional sprint car driver for 27 years. He raced nationally and was well known as being among the elite drivers, including racing against Mario Andretti and winning.

A World War II veteran, he was in the Army’s 633rd Engineers, serving in France, The Netherlands and Germany. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a life member of New Castle VFW Post 315, Wampum American Legion Post 749 and the Cultural German Society.

Mr. Shaffer attended West Pittsburg United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Donna J. Mahon Guy Shaffer, whom he married in 1999; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Carl Shaffer of Texas, James and Marianne Shaffer of California, Donald and Pearl Shaffer of Slippery Rock, and Gary and Ildi Shaffer of Pennsylvania; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Dick Bloise of Texas, and Joan and Bob Nimmo of Princeton; two stepsons and their wives, David J. and Cathy Guy of South Beaver Township, and Dennis and Elaine Guy of Warrensburg, Mo.; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Ralph and Agnes Shaffer, and William and Eleanor Shaffer, all of New Castle, and Earl Shaffer of Georgia; a sister and brother-in-law, Roseanne and Donald Dunkerly of Coral Springs, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah Covert Shaffer, who died in 1997; a granddaughter, Christina Shaffer; and a brother, David Shaffer.

Visitation is noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at West Pittsburg United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at the church. The Rev. Rex Wasser will officiate and a luncheon will follow. Military rites will be performed by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Arrangements are by the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main St., Wampum.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Pittsburg United Methodist Church.

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