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In Memorium

John "Jack" Shaffer

By Max Treier
John “Jack” H. Shaffer, 86, of Orangeburg, SC, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2023, with his loving wife by his side.
There will be a service of remembrance at the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 pm with the service beginning at 2:00 pm.
Mr. Shaffer was born on February 16, 1937, in Imperial, PA. He was the son of the late John Shaffer and the late Grace Crawford Shaffer. He received his undergraduate degree from Mt. Union College and his doctorate degree from the University of Akron. His love of music and teaching led him to a career of over 41 years in education. He served as a band director at Minerva High School then was appointed principal. He finished his career in education as a professor with Mt. Union College until his retirement. He also served as the choir director with First Methodist Church in Carrolton, OH for over thirty-five years.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Norma Langer Shaffer; sister, Joy Hutson; brothers-in-law, James Langer (Rebecca), Ray Langer (Patty); seven nieces and nephews; thirteen grand nieces and nephews.
Jack started serving OMEA when he was elected District 8 President for four years, 1965 to 1969. He was an active member of the OMEA Competitions Committee (Adjudicated Events) from 1971 to1979. His leadership skills allowed him to be a very effective Chair of the Committee in 1975-76 and 1976-77. In fact, his creative forethought is still evident in many of the Adjudicated Events Rules and Regulations. In the 1980’s he and his wife, Norma, did the vending of materials, medals and plaques for OMEA. He was an approved Solo & Ensemble and Band OMEA Adjudicator for many years and he hosted the District 8 Large Group Adjudicated Event for over 10 years.
While under his direction, the Minerva High School Symphonic Band received many OMEA State Superior ratings and was regarded as one of the truly outstanding concert bands in the State of Ohio. The band performed at the Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1967.
On a personal level, Jack was a valued Mentor who became a very good friend of mine. He was definitely an effective and outstanding educator.