James “Jim” A. Shafer
James “Jim” A. Shafer, 79, of Baroda passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 peacefully at home.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, April 12 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Jim may be donated to the American Heart Association. Those wishing to sign Jim’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Jim was born on September 20, 1937 in Baroda to Warren and Clara (Hoge) Shafer. He graduated from Baroda High School, entered the US Army, serving for two years and attended Western Michigan University earning his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Psychology. Jim was married to Genevieve Shafer (Tomancik); They were married for 58 years.
Jim was fortunate enough to have careers in both of his passions, one of which was counselling high school students. He began his career at Eau Claire High School and then moved to Benton Harbor High School. Jim’s love for this vocation stemmed from not only his lifelong curiosity about people and everything around him, but also his continuous desire to try and see the world through the eyes of as many people as he could meet and interact with. Jim’s other passion was farming which began during his childhood growing up on the family farm. At one point in time, after purchasing the family farm, Jim was full time counselling and growing his farming business leading him to make the decision to move into full time farming and to focus primarily on grapes and peaches. Jim’s passion for farming came from the variety of work, being outdoors through the changing seasons and seeing the fruits of his labor. Jim was always active with the National Grape Cooperative and served on the Board of Directors for six years.
Jim smiled a lot, it’s one thing that will forever be remembered by those who knew him. He was living proof of how the character of a man defines his life. He was sincere; he was loyal; and he always had time to find out how you were doing and what was on your mind. Our sorrow is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege to know him.
Jim is lovingly remembered by his wife Genevieve (Tomancik); son, Gregory Shafer; daughter Michele Booth (Matt); daughter Sheila Shafer (Jay); 5 Grandchildren; brother Don Shafer & Sister Elaine Fowler. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marjorie Troxell, sister Frances Czirr, and brother Albert Shafer.