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
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 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.