Earl S. Shaiebly

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Earl S. Shaiebly


     Earl S. Shaiebly, age 92, of Calvary Fellowship Homes in Lancaster, formerly of Leola was called home to be with the Lord Jesus on January 11, 2017. He was the son of the late Willis K.and Mary H. Shaiebly. After the death of his first wife Vera Sneath Shaiebly, he married Margaret (Meg) Fox, a former missionary to people of Japan.

     He and Vera owned and operated the Leacock Barber Shop in Leola beginning in 1957 and until it was sold in 1994. He continued barbering there until 1997 and also at Calvary Fellowship Homeuntil September, 2007. Earl always tried to do his best to please his customers.

     Earl was a 1942 graduate of the Millersville-Manor township high school in Millersville. Involved in music much of his life, he was student director of the high school concert band. He completed a course in Band conducting offered by Penn State under the leadership of Col. George S. Howard, a retired US Air Force Band director. After high school he played trombone in several town bands including Rohrerstown, Conestoga‘s General Reynolds, and New Holland during World War II. He played ina band put together by a Manheim township Justice of Peace, Squire McGrann who earlier had been a trombonist for the famous march king, John Phillip Sousa. For a number of years, Earl played his trombone in churches in Lancaster County and at Lancaster Youth for Christ. Eventually he had to put the horn aside due to physical difficulties.

     He served the Lord with Lancaster Youth for Christ being on the Board for a period of time, also was a member of their male quartet and a song-leader at their Saturday night rallies. Beginning in the 1950s and through the 1960s, he, his wife and children sang together as a family at YFC, churches and banquets in Lancaster and surrounding counties. Later he and Vera enjoyed playing harmonicas together. For recreation he enjoyed playing games, sports, camping, fishing and touring on motorcycle. He was a member of Calvary Church in Lancaster where he had earlier sung in the choir and was an usher.

     Surviving are, a son J. Gordon Shaiebly of Tulsa, OK., married to Geraldine (Jerrie), a daughter Cynthia Kay of Naples, FL., wife of Dr. Robert Rinaldi. Also surviving him are 4 grandchildren, Tracy Hardy, Abby Bozarth, Robin Rinaldi and Anthony Shaiebly, 6 Great-grandchildren, 3 step-children,Linda Sabatini of Lampeter, PA., Timothy Fox of Georgetown, TX and Gary Fox of Tucson,AZ. In addition there are 10 step-grandchildren and 10 step-great– grandchildren. A sister, Catherine Sheaffer preceded him in death.

     At the convenience of the extended family there will be a private burial with interment in the Masonville Mennonite Cemetery at Letort.  A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM in the Chapel ofCalvary Fellowship Homes 502 Elizabeth Dr., Lancaster with Pastor Paul Thompson officiating. Please omit flowers. Any memorial contributions may be made to the benevolent fund of Calvary Fellowship Homes of Lancaster. 

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