Franklin E. Shiffer

WEST CHESTER – Franklin E. Shiffer, 81, of West Chester, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Neighborhood Hospice, in West Chester.

He was the husband of Jane A. (Buxton) Shiffer, who survives.

Born in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Franklin J. and Mabel J. (Dean) Shiffer.

Franklin served in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged.

He worked as a welder for Lenape Forge. During this time, he was chief of police of East Bradford Township and was also a constable for Pocopson Township.

After his retirement from Lenape Forge and the police force, he worked for Longwood Gardens, in visitor services, retiring in March 2012.

Franklin was a member of American Legion Post 491, of Kennett Square, and the Boy Scouts of America. He was a lifetime member of First West Chester Fire Co.

In 1974, he was co-president, along with his wife, of the Unionville Community Fair. He was an avid toy truck collector.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Susan L. MacGuinness and her husband, Stephen, of West Chester.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home Inc., 410 N. Church St., West Chester, PA 19380.

Interment will be held in Chester County Memorial Gardens, West Chester.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Neighborhood Hospice Inpatient Unit, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380.