Casper Shafer's Family in America
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Iam so proud of my family - not just my immediate family but all of those who preceded me - especially my fifth great grandfather, Casper Shaver. As far as I know all of his descendants, who are my ancestors, were all honorable men.

Anita and Arnie
Our kids

We were married on 10 August 1957. By April 1961 we were the proud parents of three adorable little children, Elaine Marie, Gregory Arnold, and Karen Denise. Our family has grown. We now have three grown children, their spouses, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.



Our oldest daughter Elaine is engaged to John Canni. They reside in Virginia Beach, VA and have plans for a June 2008 wedding. She is a waitress at Mahi Mah's, a seafood restaurant on the ocean front. John is a technician for Viewpoint, a sign company. They love the beach and are planning on the beach area to be their permanent residence.

Elaine's Family

Elaine has two children, from a previous marriage, Tyler and Ashley Newman. They both reside in Marlton, NJ. Tyler has his own apartment, Ashley lives with her father. They both graduated from Cherokee High School. Ashley completed her cosmetology training at Burlington County Institute of Technology and passed the state boards in August 2006. Currently she is employed as a waitress at Scaturro's, an Italian restaurant. She aspires to one day own her own beauty salon.


After graduation from high school, Tyler attended Burlington County College. He is currently employed as a bartender at Don Pablo's restaurant. He is an ALL NATURAL competition bodybuilder. This means that all of his muscles are developed from hard work and sweat, not from growth hormones or drugs. He would like to pursue a career in that field or in modeling. He would like to eventually own his own gym and be a personal trainer.

In a recent email Tyler wrote, "I am in training right now for my next show Mr. Philadelphia on May 5th, 2007. This will be my third time doing this show and my seventh show overall. I kind of feel like a veteran in the sport [lol]. I feel great and can't wait to get back on stage. My last show was in Sept. 2006. I took 1st place in the heavyweight division and earned a beautiful trophy, and a free one year membership to Bally's gym. That was a nice surprise and a relief to know that I didn't need to pay for a gym membership for a year. I was also interviewed by the promoter of the Mr. Philidelphia show for an upcoming website that features two natural bodybuilders per week. The URL of the site is Hopefully my picture will be on there soon."


Our only son, Greg and his wife Jan have been married since August 1983. They currently live in Camas, WA. Greg manages the Project Management Section of Clark County Public Works. April of 2006 he was called to oversee the ministering of eight congregations of the LDS Church, consisting of about 4,000 members. Jan is Health Assistant at Liberty School. They have three children Michelle, Mark, and Kyle. Each day is very busy, for everyone, with work, school, family, church, scouts, sports, service and travel.

Greg's Family

Michelle has earned an Associates degree from Clark College while she attended high school,. After graduation she attended BYU-Salt Lake where she earned a Bachelors degree in Dietetics. She then enrolled at the University of Utah where she will receive a 2nd Bachelor's degree in Nursing in August 2007. She plans to complete her schooling with a Master's degree of Nursing Practitioner, at the University of Utah or WSU. She has complimented her schooling with study abroad trips to Great Britain and Peru. She currently works as a Nurses Aide at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Mark is an Eagle Scout

Mark is completing his final year of high school, and is a “Running Start” student at Clark College and will complete his Associates degree in Business in June 2007 at the same time that he receives his high school diploma. He has participated in competitive swimming for four years, and competed at the District level each of those years. He has earned his Eagle Scout and Duty to God awards, with twenty six merit badges. He received the Eagle Scout Award on 2 May 2007 during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony. In the fall of 2007 he plans to attend BYU-Idaho before he leaves for a mission for the LDS church in January 2008. Mark continues his piano lessons and plays pretty well. He has been employed as a teller with Washington Mutual Bank since his junior year in high school. Also, he attends a 6:00 a.m. seminary class every school morning. Mark is exceptionally strong for his size and can bench press more than one and one-half times his body weight. He can bench press his own weight twenty one times!

Kyle is completing 8th grade in 2007. He is active in football (having received the most inspirational player award in the 2006 season). He also participates in school band, and scouts. He takes private piano and drum lessons. For work, he likes chopping wood with his Dad. He recently demonstrated his strength by putting the eight pound shot put forty one feet, three inches. He is the first pick by the neighbors to watch over their pets when they're gone.


Our youngest daughter lives in Virginia Beach, VA. with her husband Ray Ambrose and her very sweet dog Jake. Karen works as a waitress at Captain George's Seafood restaurant (the best "all you can eat seafood buffet" restaurant at the beach). Ray works for Bay Mechanical company. Jake is a beautiful furry Briard. So smart! Just a delight to have around.

Karen's Family

Karen has two sons from a previous marriage who also live in Virginia Beach, VA. Ryan, her oldest son works for Sthil Inc. He has one son, Nicholas Ryan Howell. Ryan quit school, but to his credit, he studied and passed his GED. His ultimate goal is to go to college and obtain a degree in mechanical engineering or industrial systems engineering. Karen's youngest son, Nathan works for Viewpoint, Inc. as a sign installer. He aspires to work his way up in the company

Arnie and Anita

After graduating from high school in Greencastle, PA, I joined the U.S. Navy (Air) and served for the next twenty years. I worked in the A6, F4, and F14 communities.

Most of my career was spent at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach. I served in VA-42, VA-65, the Naval Air Maintenance Training Detachment, and VF-41. All of my technical training was at NATTC Jacksonville, Florida. The instructor training course was completed in Memphis, Tennessee. I was medically retired (due to diabetes) from the Navy, while serving with VF-41, the Black Aces, in December, 1977 as an Aviation Electrician's Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8).

For the next seven years, after retiring, I worked for Grove Manufacturing, Inc (now Grove Worldwide), as a Service Training Instructor. In 1985, I left Grove and returned to government employment with the Naval Air Rework Facility in Norfolk, Virginia. This was my introduction to AMHS (Automated Material Handling Systems) I have truly enjoyed working with these systems until my retirement. In 1996, I had the opportunity to move back to Pennsylvania. I was delighted to return to the area where I grew up. In February 2000 I retired from Federal Service.

Throughout all the years of our marriage Anita has found many and varied jobs to supplement my meager income from the service. In all of her many jobs she received many thanks and much appreciation. These included waitress at different times, school cafeteria worker where she was advanced to the manager. Here she excelled. Responsibilities included planning all the menus, ordering the supplies, and overseeing the food preparation. Later she worked at Beach Ford in Virginia Beach, VA where she served as inventory clerk and later as finance clerk.

We now live in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. This is only six miles from where my wife and I graduated from high school. We especially enjoy the four seasons, the beautiful mountains, streams, and lakes. We love to take a leisurely drive and see the quaint Amish people, with their horse and buggies, less than an hour away. We also enjoy the relaxed attitude of our friends and neighbors. Although we miss our friends in Virginia Beach and Enola, we DO NOT miss the traffic conditions that we left behind.