Ray Willier Sheaffer, 92, of Ephrata, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at home.
He was born in Lancaster to the late Wilbur H. Sheaffer and Gladys M. (Willier) Sheaffer Norton and was the husband of Dorothy J. (Baringer) Sheaffer with whom he celebrated 71 years of marriage on January 30, 2019.
Ray inherited LM Sheaffer Cloisterdale Farms when his father passed away, which he expanded to be the world's largest completely automated egg production farm in the early 1970's. He was responsible for egg production, processing, packaging and distribution. Ray was a graduate of the Hill School and served in the US Army during World War II. He also played tenor and alto saxophone in the Army Band. He was a 32° mason of the Ephrata Blue Lodge #665 F. and A.M. serving from 1948-2018.
He and Dorothy enjoyed traveling throughout the world and in the US and Canada in their 1977 Airstream Trailer.
In addition to his wife, Ray is survived by three children, Sylvia J. Sheaffer of Lancaster, Ray W. Sheaffer, husband of Mary of Naples, FL, Stephen C. Sheaffer of North Palm Beach, FL; a grandson, Ray Daniel Sheaffer and a sister, Carol A. Mather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Daniel B. Sheaffer.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 1:30 PM at the Stradling Funeral Home, 201 Church Avenue, Ephrata, with Donna Nace officiating. Interment will be private in Bergstrasse Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Ray's memory may be made to Cleveland Clinic/Philanthropy Institute, MEMO: Heart and Vascular Research, PO Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.