David Sheftelman
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David Sheftelman
  • July 18, 1934 - February 4, 2017
  • Stafford, Virginia

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David Sheftelman Jr. age 82 of Stafford, Virginia, passed away in the late evening hours of February 4, 2017 after being hospitalized for a heart condition. He was born in Greenport, L.I., New York to the late David Sheftelman Sr. and Helen Jacobson Sheftelman. He was preceded in death by a sister Selma Posner and brother Eugene Sheftelman.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Florence L. Sheftelman, son Ronald L Sheftelman, daughter Deborah A Racey and fiancé' George B Klauss, grandsons Phillip Sheftelman and wife Regina, Robert Sheftelman and wife Heather, Johnathon Woods and fiancé' Misty Driskill and Brock Hunter and wife Autumn. He has 9 great grandchildren.
David served in the US Army during the Cold War and was honorably discharged, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. After retiring in 1993 he became an NRA firearms instructor. He was an avid outdoorsmen who enjoyed hiking the National Forest and game preserves. His 37 year work career began at Melpar, G.E., and Farrington Electronics ending with 20+ years at IBM.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 09, 2017 from 10-11 am at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford, with a funeral service to follow in our chapel at 11am. Burial will take place at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, at 2:00pm. Condolences may be sent at www.mullinsthompsonstafford.com.
In lieu of flowers the family requests you send donations in his name to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct. Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979, or you can print a donation form online at heart.org. Please use the Memorial Form at the bottom of the donation page.


From Phillip Sheftelman:
My grandfather positively affected my life in more than vacations and fun as most grandparents do. My grandfather taught me how to be a man. He taught me how to love, how to hug; and what empathy and genuine kindness means. I learned more in day to day life on what kind of man I want to be and will continue to strive to meet his expectations. Papa, as my brother and I call him, loved like no one I've ever met. He loved everyone and everyone loved him.


From Robert Sheftelman:
He taught me how to swim, taught me to be a Redskins fan. We took vacations to Tanger, Smith Island, Luray Caverns, the Flying Circus and Hatteras. I lived with Papa and Nanny from the time I was 14 months old until I was 6 years old. We painted pumpkins, had numerous holidays. Before I went to Basic Training he told me, "you have two ears, one mouth so you can listen twice as much as you speak". I ended up being the top soldier in my platoon and getting promoted after Basic. He was in the Army so I joined the Army. He was 101st Airborne post WWII. He went to the University of Virginia, so I went to college. I graduated with honors with a Bachelor's degree. I used to sit on his lap and watch "Wheel of Fortune". I learned letters that way.