Wellsville, NY - James Ira “Jesse” Shaver, age 49, of 62 Railroad Avenue passed away on Saturday, April 25, at Olean General Hospital. He was born on June 2, 1964 in Wellsville to Ronald and Clara Hosmer Shaver.
Jesse graduated from Andover Central High School and enlisted in the US Army.
He moved to Tucson, Arizona where he was the manager of the Elta Vista Apartment Complex and owned the entertainment newspaper called “Stepping Out”. Jesse moved to Mount Lemon in Arizona and in 2006 he moved to Wellsville to be closer to his family. He was a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Wellsville and volunteered at the Youth for Christ where he started the POP for Passage Program. Jesse enjoyed his church family, throwing darts and socializing downtown in Wellsville. He will be remembered as a talented portrait artist and a true gentleman.
Survivors include his mother Clara (Gene) Howard of Scio; a sister Sara (Linden) Geshwind of Scio; nieces and nephews Sara Theresa Shaver, Aretha Shaver, Nathan Shaver, Katlyn Shaver and Tyler Shaver; great niece Cloey Middaugh; great nephews Caleb Middaugh and Santiago Gamez.
Jesse was predeceased by a brother Scott Lee Shaver in 2009.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 1, 2015, from 6 to 7 pm at the Sheppard of the Valley Church on Fassett Lane where his memorial service will be held at 7 pm with the Reverend Carl Knitter presiding. Memorials may e made to charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.