Nikiski resident Ronnie Edward Shafer died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at his home in Nikiski. He was 30.
A celebration of Ronnie's life and a memorial potluck will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at Captain Cook State Park in Nikiski. For further information contact David Lashley at 394-1668. Additional services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Surry Baptist Church, 76 Church St., in Surry, Va.
Mr. Shafer was born Jan. 11, 1977, to Ron and Margaret Shafer in Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.. He attended school in Surry, Va. before moving to Alaska in 1983, where he lived in Wasilla and attended school. He later moved to Nikiski, where he worked at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. He was a "born again" Baptist. He received awards for outstanding football and bowling skills. Mr. Shafer enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting gemstones and was a novelty collector.
"Ronnie loved life and all of God's beauty. He loved the outdoors. He especially loved his family and his three precious daughters. He was always ready to reach out and help others. Ronnie loved the beach and ocean. He was an outstanding football player and loved playing music. Ronnie cherished his friends," his family wrote.
Mr. Shafer was preceded in death by his grandmother, Virginia Puckett.
He is survived by his father, Ron Edward Shafer of Elberon, Va.; mother and stepfather, Margaret "Charlee" and Franklin Jenkins of Goochland, Va.; former stepfather, Alan Groller of Wasilla; daughters and their mother, Kayla Nicole Shafer, Christine Howe and JoAnn Howe, all of Petersburg, Va.; daughter and her mother, Jennesse Raymondo and Hollie Raymondo of Wasilla; brothers, Tommy Farnsworth of Petersburg, Va., Robbie Wayne Shafer and Randy Lane Shafer, both of Elberon, Va.; grandparents, Betty and Wayne Shafer of Sanger, Calif.; and grandfather, Franklin Puckett Sr. of Colonial Heights, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to assist Ronnie's daughters care of David Lashley, P.O. Box 8149, Nikiski, AK 99635.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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