MEMBERS THAT TRANSFERRED TO POST EVERLASTING
Badgley, John US Coast Guard
Beckman, John Navy
Bowbeer, Wayne Air Force
Crumly, Charles Army
Davisson, Dean Navy
Draper, John Army
Favio, Willaim Army
Kolstoe, “Bud” Oliver Air Force
Mescon, Alan Army
Payne, Ward Army
Novak, Richard Army
Roman, Genevieve Navy
Rose, Harald Army
Shaffer, James Army
Shamaly, Maurice Army
Simley, Robert Air Force
Sinclair, John Air Force
Wolf, William Army
JAMES LUNDY SHAFFER
June 18,1926 - March 1,2018
Big Man on the Road. Commander in chief. Beloved father. Published author. These are just some of the many titles acquired over the years by Jim Shaffer. A longtime Laguna Woods resident and World War II veteran, he died at the age of 91 on March 1, 2018.
Born James Lundy Shaffer in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1926, he served as a US Army staff sergeant (1st Cavalry Division) in charge of a radio operator school outside Tokyo. He attended Indiana State College (1946-47) and graduated from Indiana University in 1949 with a B.A. in zoology. A traveling salesman for many years in the Midwest, he eventually settled in Miami and became a regional manager at Ashland Oil and Chemical Company. After retiring, he worked as a substitute teacher in South Florida and Orange County schools.
In 1989, Jim published “Peterbilt to Laredo,” a novel about a desperate driver and a mysterious truck. In addition to writing fiction, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, and essays about modern life, he loved taking photographs, collecting offbeat decorative items, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Since moving to Laguna Woods in 1998, Jim served as commander in chief of American Legion Post 257; president of the Saddleback Kiwanis; and a board member of the Community Civic Association. In 2000, he founded the popular social club TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday), a weekly event featuring live music and dancing still going strong at Clubhouse 2. Jim’s community activism, which also included flipping pancakes for Kiwanis fundraisers and collecting donations for the school at Camp Pendleton, earned him the title Honoree of the Month from the Laguna Woods Historical Society in 2009.
Known and loved for his quirky sense of humor as well as his compassion and civic-minded spirit, Jim liked to send cards and letters with funny lines and poems. The words that will be inscribed on his grave capture a sense of that humor: “See You Later.”
Survivors include his daughters Diana and Gina; son-in-law Julian Spencer; ex-wife Teresa Muñoz Shaffer (a Havana native who inspired Jim’s fondness for Cuban culture); nephews Brent and Scott Shapiro; and girlfriend Judy Di Lallo.
Past Post Commander has transferred to Post Everlasting, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday 27 January 2017 at 10:00, Clubhouse 5. Chuck was an active member of the Clow Alley and members are asked to wear silly hats in lieu of normal clown suits. Chuck donated his body directly to UC Irvine for research.
Obituary for Russell D. Chase
Russell Delmer Chase was born on May 27, 1924 and passed in peace March 6, 2017 at age 92 in Oceanside, Ca. Preceded in death by wife Shirley Chase and daughter Sandi Chase-Russell. He is survived by 4 children: Dennis Chase, Bradley Chase, Debra Wetherald, and Howard Chase, his 6 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers Robert Chase and Donald Chase.
Russ was born in Alberta Canada to Hely and Audrey Chase. He was raised in St. Joseph, Michigan. Russ served bravely in World War II and when returned home, married the love of his life, Shirley Evans, in 1945. Working as a Service manage for IBM he raised his family of five in Illinois. Russ and Shirley retired in Laguna Hills, CA. Russ was active in his 447th Bomb group, American Legion, and Laguna Woods security. Service to our Lord was a great priority to Russ, who taught classes, ushered, and worked as a mentor for Saddleback Church. He loved photography, spending time with friends and family, bible study, and traveling. He will be remembered for his optimistic personality, incredible dance skills, and coined phrase “Somewhere between outstanding and excellent”.
His visitation will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 5-9 pm, and the memorial service will be held on Friday April 7, 2017 at 10:00 am, both at McCormick and Sons Mortuary in Laguna Hills, to be followed at 2:00 pm by the military graveside service at the Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to Simaritan's Purse, Salvation Army, or a charity of choice.
Knott's Berry Farm's first Director of Public Relations, Dean Davisson, died peacefully at his home in Laguna Woods on October 26, 2014. He was 92 years old.
Dean was synonymous with Knott's Berry Farm during his eighteen years there. Dean was recently honored at Knott's where he autographed books about the park and later appeared for a panel discussion about the "good old days" at the Farm.
Dean, the youngest of three boys, was born April 25, 1922 in Eads, Colorado. Dean joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served in both World War II and the Korean War. He was released from active duty in 1948 as a Lieutenant Commander.
After the war, Dean settled in Southern California where he earned his Bachelors Degree from Pepperdine University. He married Beverly Asire in 1948. They had three children: Gary, born 1950, and identical twin girls, Diann and Darla 1953. Gary and Darla have both predeceased their father. Diann lives in Huntington Beach with her wife of 38 years, Terry Eselun.
Dean met Walter Knott, the founder of Knott's Berry Farm, while working for the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Board of Realtors. Walter's son, Russell Knott, hired Dean on the spot when he saw his resume. Knott's thrived under Dean's leadership.
In 1976 Dean left Knott's Berry Farm to fulfill a lifelong dream of running for the California State 69th Assembly District. He came in a respectable third out of a field of eight hopefuls.
Out of a job, Dean opened his own Public Relations firm with an office in Fullerton. The business flourished as Dean lent his expertise to various trade organizations. Dean retired in 1996 and was named Executive Director Emeritus of the National Institute of Pension Administrators Educational Foundation.
Dean was a dedicated volunteer. His positive energy and zest for life, combined with his extensive knowledge, was a boon to many groups. Dean has received many awards for his community service. The American Cancer Society, the Lincoln Club, the Tustin Rotary International, the National Alliance of Businessmen to name a few. One of his most favorite assignments, however, was his time serving as a teacher's helper for eleven years for the first grade class at San Joaquin Elementary School in Laguna Hills.
Dean divorced his first wife, Beverly, in 1983 and soon after he married Shirley Talpas who died in 2000. He married Georgette Hirschberg on November 1, 2002. Dean is survived by his beloved wife Georgette; his daughter, Diann; his daughter-in-law, Terry Eselun; his grandson, Rusty Espinoza and his wife, Tamrah; along with four great grandchildren.
Dean has had many careers and countless adventures, but he will be remembered in our hearts as the most loving, most generous, and sweetest man we've ever known.
A memorial service and lunch will be held on November 13, 2014, Thursday at 11:30 am in Laguna Woods, Clubhouse #1. The American Legion will do a special flag presentation.
PHOTOS FROM WARD PAYNES MEMORIAL (click here)