Gordon Shafer, 87, passed away August 30, 2021 at Providence Hospital.
Gordon was born in Shubert, and raised on the family farm. In 1954 he married Marian Faust, and continued farming until relocating to Everett in 1957, where they raised their family of three children. At that time, he went to work for Boeing as a mechanic. He began his career at the Renton factory and later transferred to the Everett factory working on the 747, where he eventually joined the AOG crew and travelled all over the world. In 1992 he retired to care for Marian, due to her cancer illness, until her passing in 1999. Over the years he and Marian enjoyed travelling, camping, fishing, bowling, and square dancing. In 2003 he met a special friend, Esther, who became his companion and square dance partner until her passing in 2017. After his cancer diagnosis in 2018 he fought courageously and endured the years of treatment, but it eventually slowed him down.
Many years of being an active member of the Whirlybirds Square Dance Club was his passion. He attended dances at other square dance clubs from all around as well, and he very much enjoyed the wonderful friendships of so many in the dancing “family”. Even when he was no longer able to dance, he liked going to the dances to watch and socialize.
Gordon is survived by daughters Joan Greenwood and Janell Baker, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Marian, infant daughter Donna, son Jerry, son-in-law Kyle, grandsons Jerry Jr. and Ron, as well as his four siblings, infant brother Victor, brothers Willis and Max and sister Lois.
Services were held in September.