The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 5, 2014

Urban A. Shaffer

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Urban A. Shaffer, 88, of Carthage, passed away on Jan. 3, 2014, at the Mount Vernon Veterans Home.

He was born on July 17, 1925, to Ben Shaffer and Ella (Daffron) Shaffer in Sarcoxie, Mo.

Urban was a postal worker and also farmed. Urban earned a bachelors degree in Agriculture from University of Missouri Columbia. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carthage. Urban served in the US Navy during World War II.

Urban married Jean Smith on July 23, 1946, in Mexico. She preceded him in death on Dec. 7, 2011.

Urban was survived by two sons, Mark Shaffer, of Mount Vernon and Doug Shaffer, of Carthage; two brothers, Lee Shaffer, of Garnett, Kan. and Glenn Shaffer, of Neosho; one sister, Grace Kay Larson, of Fort Scott, Kan.; and four grandchildren, Elizabeth Shaffer, of Springfield, Paul Shaffer, of Mount Vernon, Katelyn Shaffer and William Shaffer, both of Carthage. He was preceded by his wife, Jean; and his parents, Ben and Ella Shaffer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Ulmer Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ulmer Funeral Home.

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