LAKEVILLE -- David M. Sheaffer, 70, of Lakeville, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, Jan. 12, 2017, at his home.
He was born May 10, 1946, in Ashland, the son of the late Milo George and Juanita (Myers) Sheaffer. David was a 1964 graduate of Loudonville High School and an employee of the General Telephone Company (GTE) working in the Ashland and Athens areas for many years.
While living in the Athens area, he also owned/operated Sheaffer Excavating. Following his retirement, he became an independent consultant to numerous communication companies. As an electronics buff, he was an amateur radio operator (K8DMS), owned/operated DavaCord Recording Studios, and was station manager of WZLP Radio 95.7 in Loudonville.
David held a private pilot's license, was a scuba diver and enjoyed boating all of his life. He was a former member and Flotilla Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Hockingport.
He attended McZena Hope United Methodist Church and Perrysville Baptist Church and was a former member of Athens United Church of Christ. David was an amateur model railroad enthusiast and was founder of the Loudonville Train Expo. He enjoyed building and operating his scale model calliope, which he displayed in numerous parades.
Surviving are his wife, Jane Lee (Webb) Sheaffer, whom he married Aug. 9, 1969; a sister, Sarah Ann Austin (Kevin) Hall of Loveland; and a niece, Ashley Hall.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jonathan David Sheaffer on July 16, 1973; a daughter, Debra Nell Sheaffer on July 6, 2012; and his parents.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 16 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Loudonville, with the Rev. Howard Burnett officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Wayne County.
Online condolences may be left for the Sheaffer family by visiting www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to WZLP Radio, in care of Zion Lutheran Church, 222 E. Main St., Loudonville 44842.