John D. Shafer, Sr
John D. Shafer, Sr., 65, of
Rosendale, died Thursday, August 13, 2015, at his home.
He was born on June 10, 1950,
in Beaver Dam, a son of Bernard and Grace Braatz Shafer.
On September 19, 1970, he
married Susan B. Liegl in Oakfield.
Some of John’s favorite
things included his family. He took such
pride in his grandchildren and great grandchildren. They spent vacations, holidays, and ordinary
days together making special memories.
He loved collecting John Deere memorabilia.
Farming was such a large part of his life and he loved to collect
historical pieces. One of John’s last
wishes was to go to the John Deere museum in Illinois with his sons and
John loved his Green Bay
Packers and loved going to games with his wife, Sue, and taking turns bringing
their different grandchildren.
One of John’s favorite
memories was his recent trip to Hawaii with Sue. Many of the friends they made during the trip
stopped in often to visit and were a great source of comfort.
John was a member of Redeemer
Lutheran Church and had a secure faith in his Savior, Jesus. He went into the shadow of death with the
assurance of free and faithful love and forgiveness.
He is survived by his wife,
Sue; two sons: John (Julie) Shafer and
Chris (Michelle) Shafer, both of Fond du Lac; eight grandchildren: Alysa (Brian) Balfour, Emily (Zach) Voss,
Isabella Shafer, Morgan Shafer, John Shafer III, Oliva Shafer, Ben Shafer, and
Drew Shafer; two great-granddaughters: Ellie Voss and Cecilia Balfour; his
mother, Grace Shafer of Ripon; two sisters:
Pat (Chuck) Michels of Minocqua and JoAnn (Bob) Mallard of Madison;
three brothers-in-law: Richard (Shirley)
Liegl of Fond du Lac, Joseph (Janet) Liegl of Chapel Hills, North Carolina, and
Melvin (Cindy) Liegl of Grafton; and a sister-in-law, Lavinia (Hal) Draves of
He was preceded in death by
his father, Bernard, and a brother, Steve.
A memorial service will be
held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Redeemer Lutheran Church,
606 Forest Avenue, Fond du Lac, with Rev. James Borgwardt officiating.
The family will greet
relatives and friends on Saturday at church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of
In lieu of flowers or plants,
please consider a donation in memory of John Shafer, Sr. to Agnesian Hospice or
Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Mach Funeral Chapel &
Crematory is serving the family, www.machfuneralchapel.com.