Jerry M. Chaffee, of South Beaver Township, passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family Wednesday morning, August 30, 2017. He was 69.
Born in Rochester, Pennsylvania, April 6, 1948, he was a son of the late Herbert Wayne and Martha Mae Gailey Chaffee. Raised on his family’s farm, he was taught to be a hard worker at a very young age and possessed a moral quality that he carried with him the rest of his life. A man of his word, who often operated his business on a handshake, in 1968 he founded Chaffee Excavating, Inc., a family operated business that continues to this day.
He graduated from Western Beaver High School in 1967 and was a member of the Glasgow Lodge #485 F & AM in Shippingport. He was also a member of the New Salem Presbyterian Church where he was an elder and maintained the church’s cemetery for many years. Willing to do anything for those in need, for many years he volunteered at Highland Cemetery, mowing the grass and preparing the gravesites for funerals. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at Frye Transportation Bus Garage, formerly Shank Bus Garage.
Above all things in life, he loved and cherished his family. He is survived by his wife, Nettie Doutt Chaffee at home. The couple married June 22, 1968. He also leaves behind his three children: J. Scott Chaffee and his wife, Kim, Kelly Chaffee Boyde, and Matthew Chaffee and his wife, Stacey, all of Ohioville. There are seven grandchildren: Jayme and Scotty Chaffee, Jacob, Madeline and Isaac Boyde, and Sawyer and Channing Chaffee.
In addition, he is survived by three brothers, Randy Chaffee and his wife, Florence, Brian Chaffee and his wife, Susan, and Eric Chaffee and his wife, Dawn, all of Ohioville, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family would especially like to thank his sister-in-law Flo for providing Jerry peace and comfort during the last few days.
Friends may visit Friday afternoon and evening at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Rev. Jeff Marquis will conduct a funeral service Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
The Masonic Lodge will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Ohioville.
Following the service, friends and family will gather at the New Salem Presbyterian Church for fellowship.
Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in care of the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.