Timothy E. Shaffer


Inkom, Idaho

Timothy E. Shaffer, 90, Lifelong Inkom resident, passed away Friday, October 26th surrounded by his loving family.

Timothy E. Shaffer of Inkom was born September 28th, 1922 to Enoch and Virginia Shaffer. He was born in Burlington, Wyoming, and lived there until he was 4 years old. At that time his family moved to Inkom, Idaho where he resided for the remainder of his life.

As a young boy he worked with his father shearing sheep, played basketball for Inkom High, played in a band and loved music and dancing. He loved to go on Chickaries (a Chickarie was a night out stealing chickens).

At the age of 17, Tim left high school in Inkom and joined the United States Navy where he made many lifelong friends while serving honorably aboard the USS Detroit during World War II. During this time Tim received his training as an electrician which would become his trade following the war. After the war, Tim worked at the Naval Ordinance Plant and Zweigert’s (meat packing plant). Following these jobs he was hired by the Union Pacific Railroad as an electrician where he worked until his retirement. He also loved to work on his farm east of Inkom where he raised cattle and hay and enjoyed raising and breaking horses. His favorites were Banjo and Ribbon.

Tim was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he held many callings including Young Men’s President, Counselor in the Bishopric, High Council, and Bishop in two Wards. In 1993 he and his wife served a full time mission in the McAllen, Texas Mission. Later in life Tim provided dedicated service as a temple worker for 9 years in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He also served on the Inkom City Council.

In his younger days, Tim loved to work with his hands as a carpenter and built several homes in the Inkom area including his own. He was always doing repairs and providing service to those that were in need and did many remodel jobs for family and friends. In addition, Tim loved to camp and especially liked to spend time with his family in Yellowstone Park and gathering firewood in Island Park. He loved to fish, read and spend time with his family outdoors.

In 1944 he married the love of his life, Helen Mae Bell. Tim and Helen have 5 children, Timothy (Leta) Shaffer of Inkom, Idaho, Peggy (Ron) Salvesen of Downey, Idaho, Pamela (George) Hoge of Chubbuck, Idaho, Cindy (James) Howell of Spanish Fork, Utah and Rebecca (Bret) Rowe of Pocatello, Idaho. Tim is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen, his 5 children, 25 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren and a sister Madaleen Palmer. He was preceded in death by his parents, 11 siblings, 1 granddaughter (Kandace Jo Rowe), 1 great grandson (Cooper Harding) and a son in law (Ross Bosworth).

This dedicated Father and Grandfather was a wonderful example of faith, hard work, service, charity and love. His unfailing testimony has and will be a standard for his friends and posterity. He will be missed forever but the influence that his life has had on his family and friends will be everlasting.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Inkom LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m at the Church, and again on Wednesday from 11:30-12:45 p.m at the church prior to the services. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Horsley’s Marsh Valley Funeral Home.

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