Ruth and Maynard Sheaffer Memorial Fund

The Ruth and Maynard Sheaffer Memorial fund was established in 2007 to honor their memory and to further promote the Christian attributes of altruism and philanthropy that they demonstrated to their community and instilled in their family. This fund will be used to financially assist individuals or families that are struggling – to give them a “little boost” through the rough times. Each year around the holidays, Maynard gave an unmarked envelope to the minister of the church and asked him to use it at his discretion to help the poor. The focus was on the people needing help, not on getting any credit or notoriety for the contribution. The mission of this fund is to continue that annual donation in perpetuity.

About Ruth and Maynard Sheaffer


Born October 18, 1925, Ruth Walters Sheaffer was a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She was married 51 years to Maynard Sheaffer.

She was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, and its Willing Workers Sunday School Class, and was past financial secretary and former member of the board of trustees. In addition to running a household filled with active children and grandchildren, Ruth was an integral partner in the Sheaffer’s successful construction business.

She died May 25, 1997, at the Hospice of Central Pennsylvania Residence.


Born May 12, 1923, Maynard L. Sheaffer was a 1940 graduate of Enola High School in Enola, Pennsylvania. He was married 51 years to Ruth Walters Sheaffer. From 1943-1945 he served in World War II as a Technician 5th Grade in the 689th Ordnance Ammunition Company of the U.S. Army. He fought in campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe.

For more than 50 years, he ran his own successful business in Enola. He served as the first building inspector for East Pennsboro Township. In addition to building hundreds of homes and apartments in the West Shore area, he built Enola’s first modern grocery store, The Super Thrift, the Enola Emmanuel United Methodist Church, and most notably, Sheaffer’s Field, Central Pennsylvania’s first lighted ball field that is now home to the East Pennsboro Youth Athletic League.

He was a life-long member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where he served on various committees. He built an addition to the church in 1980.

He died February 9, 2007, at the Hospice of Central Pennsylvania Residence.

The Sheaffers

Ruth and Maynard were avid world travelers and loved Penn State football. They were season ticket holders for nearly 40 years traveling numerous times to the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, Citrus, and Gator bowl games.

Family was a focus of their lives. They had four daughters, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. The Sheaffers spent countless hours at sporting events, dance recitals, and school performances. Family social time consisted of Sunday meals, swimming in the pool, and evenings spent together sitting outside on the deck.

Fund Administrators

  • Tammy Bagwell


CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Name of Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
Use credit card by clicking the link below.

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.

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