Dwight Shafer


Dwight Shafer Dies in Car, Truck Mishap

Dwight L. Shafer, 28, of Canton, a former resident of the Colchester area, was killed at 8:30 p.m. Thursday when his semi-trailer truck collided with a car and overturned on Route 66 near Briarwood, Ill. He was pinned in the wreckage of the cab for over two hours.

State Police of Pontiac District 5 said Shafer was driving south on the decided four-lane highway and struck the rear of a car driven by Jimmy Wall, 31, of E. St. Louis, Ill. Wall and a passenger in his car, Lewis Ford, 41, of St. Louis, Mo. Were admitted to St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet for treatment of injuries.

State police said Wall told them he saw the semi-trailer truck approaching from behind and swerved to the right side of the pavement to avoid being hit. The truck hit the right rear of the car and the two vehicles left the pavement and overturned.

Shafer was a truck driver for Star Delivery Company of Canton.

Funeral Sunday

Funeral services for Mr. Shafer will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jonesí Mortuary in Colchester. The Rev. Bernard Wahl, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel Saturday morning and the family will meet with friends Saturday evening.

He was born Jan. 25, 1936 at Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Roy and Bertha Roberson Shafer. He graduated from Colchester High School in 1954, and spent two years with the 101st Airborne Division. He was married June 24, 1962 to Shirley Wetzel of Colchester.

Surviving are the widow; his parents of Colchester; two sisters, Mrs. Twyla Allison of Colchester and Mrs. Jean Smith of Piatt; a grandmother, Mrs. Alpha Wilkinson, and a grandfather, Charles A. Shafer, both of Keokuk, Iowa.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)



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