Charles Olen Lee Shaver was born March 21, 1922, in Wheaton, Md. He was the son of Olen Burr Shaver and Anna Mollohan Shaver. Lee passed away on Feb. 18, 2010, in Irving, Texas.
Lee was married to Barbara Nance and Roberta Stegner, both who preceded him in death. He is survived by sons Robert Lee Shaver and his wife, Lynn Pastor-Shaver, of Irving, Texas, and Wayne Alden Shaver of Port Townsend, Wash.; daughters Bonnie Jean Shaver Fisher and Roxanne Shaver Connan and her husband, Andrew Connan, both of Santa Fe, N.M.; stepson Jeff Stegner and his wife, Ruth, of Fair Grove, Mo.; stepdaughter Carrie Weiss and her husband, John Weiss, of Pagosa Springs, as well as three grandsons, five granddaughters, one great-grandson and two great-granddaughters.
Lee was a WWII Coast Guard veteran who served on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He attended the University of Maryland, the University of Southern California and the University of Kansas, later qualifying for the MENSA Society. Lee was a 3rd degree Mason in Athens Lodge No. 128 of Albany, Mo., where he also served as Mayor, Chairman of the Regional Planning Commission, President of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Industrial Development Commission. He was also a founding member of three Rotary Clubs. While living in Pagosa Springs during the 1960s and again in the late 1970s through 1988, Lee was very active in the community and served in numerous capacities, including a founding member of the Archuleta Economic Development Association and starting cable television.
Lee’s career in voice and data communication technology took him across the U.S. and to Vietnam, Oman, Nigeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Honduras and Pakistan. Following his retirement from that field, Lee successfully managed a multi-unit residential property in San Jose, Calif. A skilled model boat builder, Lee won several prizes for his work. Finally, as a serious fan of Dixieland music and Preservation Hall in New Orleans, it is apropos that Lee passed away during Mardi Gras.
Lee will be interred next to his beloved wife, Roberta, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Mo., with military honors and Masonic ceremony. The family requests that any memorial gifts be made to the Baylor Irving Healthcare Foundation or the Vitas Foundation.