Clair “Bo” Sheffer of Millington, age 88, was called home early Tuesday morning July 24, 2018 joining his beloved Jo once again.
It seems just yesterday a young airman and his blushing bride were being celebrated by the Arizona governor on their wedding day. Born November 26, 1929, Clair was youngest of six and was the last living member of his family. He married Joan Adams on August 15, 1950 in Flagstaff, Arizona. They would spend 65 years together until her death on August 16, 2015. His secret to a long marriage? His workshop/garage, which was his personal space. Together they parented three children in their self-built home overlooking Murphy Lake, which they dearly loved. There they joined neighbors in a home open to all and the center of much neighborhood activity. After his service in the Air Force where his contribution included a new PBX system in the White House, Bo re-joined Michigan Bell Telephone where he finished his career as a key trouble shooter for large company phone systems.
You could usually find Bo and Jo regularly pon-tooning the lake in the evening, enjoying nighttime Bass fishing or just sharing in communal lake life. The kids, were called for dinner with his shrill whistle, audible throughout the neighborhood. His home was his castle, but with Joan’s passing in 2015, he would sit on the lake porch and lament her absence. He had visited his beloved Jo daily without fail during her nursing home stay where her caregivers all knew him by name. As Bo’s health failed, each of the children supported him in different ways – Nancy organizing his affairs, Marcy living with him for five years and finally Gary and Barbie welcoming him into their home and visiting him in the nursing home. Also of note was special friend Dave Atwood, a regular visitor to the Sheffer home.
Bo is survived by his children: Nancy (Tom) Sheffer-Irwin, Gary (Barbie Lawrence) Sheffer and Marcy (Mark Sprygada) LeMaster.
His life will be celebrated Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington where friends and family will join at 1 p.m. Military Honors will be conducted by the Conrad-Wager & Keene American Legion Post # 164 and will conclude the services. The family will then honor Bo’s request and cremation will take place. Hanlin Funeral Home has been assisting the family with arrangements. You’re welcome to express condolences, share a memory or light a candle at hanlinfuneralhome.com.