RETIRED MIRROR EMPLOYEE DIES
James M. Shafer, 72, of 121 E. Bell Av., former Altoona Mirror news staff photographer, died unexpectedly at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 1972, in his home.
Mr. Shafer retired as photographer on May 21, 1980, after more than 41 years’ service. He began his service with the Mirror on March 8, 1929, as a messenger to Daniel N. Step, president and publisher.
On March 8, 1933, he became the first staff photographer under the late J. Edward Benney, then city editor.
He was born Sept. 30, 1910, in Altoona, the son of Irvin H. and Adalade (MacDonald) Shafer, and Nov. 28, 1942, in Altoona, married Emma E. Taylor.
Surviving are his wife, three children: Thomas M. and Rebecca Iacurto of Altoona and Emma Jane Wagner of Jamestown, and seven grandchildren.
A sister, Jeannette Grove, died in October 1982.
Mr. Shafer was a member of the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a chief photographer’s mate. He was also a veteran of the Korean Conflict and received a Purple Heart.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Daniel R. Myers Funeral Home.
SHAFER – Services for James M. Shafer of 121 E. Bell Ave. will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Daniel R. Myers Funeral Home by the Rev. Myron Jones Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Source: ALTOONA MIRROR (Altoona, Blair County, PA) Friday, 5 August 1983, “Death Record,” page 4; Altoona Area Public Library, Altoona, PA.