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Garold Shafer

d. March 6, 2014

Garold Shafer, 33, of Caney, Kansas, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville, OK, of diabetes complications.

Celebration of Life Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the First Christian Church, Caney, with Pastor David Brown of Wayside Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery, Caney, under the direction of Potts Chapel.

Visitation services will be 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the Potts Chapel in Caney, with family greeting friends between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Garold Thomas Shafer, was born June 14, 1980, in Bartlesville, OK, to Roy Thomas Shafer and Ruth Ann Gulick Shafer. Garold grew up in the Caney area, attending Caney Schools, graduating in 1998. He attended Independence Community College and Pittsburg State University, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in manufacturing.

Following college he had been employed by Contractors Engineers Inc., Neodesha, KS, Youngs Welding, Chanute, KS, and Chanute Manufacturing. Most recently Garold was employed as a draftsman and mechanical engineer with Catalytic Industrial Group, Independence, KS.

Garold, along with his father, were active in the Boy Scout in Caney since 1989. In 1993, at the young age of 13, Garold was considered one of the Fearsome Five in the Caney boy scout troop that earned their Eagle Award that year.

Garold lived his life in the example and traditions of the Boy Scouts of America. When he was not camping with his scouts, he was enjoying time outdoors with his young family, wife Megan, Madelyn Sue 8, Lucille RuthAnn 3, and Robert 1. He was dedicated to his scouts but more so to his Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, for which he was preparing himself to enter the ministry. He was a member of the Wayside Christian Church where he married his wife, Megan. He was a supply minister to that congregation as well as the First Christian Church in Caney, and various other church in the southeast Kansas area. He was a member of scoutings Tribe of Quivera, and of Kansa Lodge 198 of the Order of the Arrow, scoutings Honor Society. He received the Vigil Honor, the highest national honor bestowed by the Order of the Arrow. Garold was the program director for Fun with Son, an annual cub scout camping and activity event held each fall at Quivera Scout Ranch near Sedan. He was a past Unit Commissioner of the Quivera Council.

Garold lived the life of God first and family second. He enjoyed helping his Dad on the family farm with the routine chores of cattle, fencing, and haying. He always looked forward to enjoying the simple things of life. He was dedicated to each teaching opportunity with his children, taking pride with family and with life in its entirety.

Garold is survived by his wife and children of the home, his parents, grandmother Lois Gulick of Caney, numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard Dick and Anna Shafer, and Calvin Gulick.

The family has requested memorials be given to the Shafer Childrens Education Fund. Contributions can be left at the Community National Bank in Caney, as well as the Potts Chapel in Caney. The family has expressed their deep appreciation for the acknowledgments of love, compassion, and prayers bestowed on them during this difficult time.

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