Leon Clyde Shaffer

Leon Clyde Shaffer, born June 11, 1926 in Ottokee, Ohio, in his maternal grandparent’s farmhouse, passed in peace at Tecumseh Place in Tecumseh, Mich., a feisty and funny character to the end, at the age of 94, on December 4, 2020.

Preceded in death by his beautiful wife, love of his life and best friend, Viola Mada (Schmidt) Shaffer; daughter, Gloria (Shaffer) Lowther; son-in-law, Andy B. Lowther; mother, Mildred (Larned-Shaffer) Sniffen; father, Clyde Harley Shaffer; and stepfather, Ray Sniffen.

Loving father of Larry (Cheryl) Shaffer, Daniel  (Paula) Shaffer, and Sherie (Lillie) Shaffer. Proud grandfather of Jennifer (Phil) Fenby, Doug (Ali) Shaffer, Andrew Lowther, and David Lowther. Proud great-grandfather of Keagan and Ayden Fenby; Ava, Leia and Devon Shaffer; and Jacob and Eli Lowther. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Leon served in theU.S. Air Force at the end of WWII, after which he came home to Tecumseh and met Vi. Leon said that some of the favorite years of his life was when all of his children were living at home, growing in the house that Leon, Vi, and other family and friends helped to build. They worked very hard to provide opportunities and new learning experiences for their children. Leon’s children also learned from his example to graciously lend a helping hand to those who needed assistance.

Leon loved automobiles, and had many stories about his adventures and misadventures while cruising in his cars. He was a great storyteller and led quite a colorful life before settling down to family life.

He is greatly missed, but we know that Vi, Gloria and Dad’s other loved ones have welcomed him with great rejoicing and love. “And so on, and so forth…”

Due to current procedures in place, the immediate family will hold a private service for Leon in the coming weeks. At a yet-to-be–determined date in the future, there will be a public memorial service.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Purse Funeral Home, 210 W. Pottawatamie St., Tecumseh, MI, 49286; webite, pursefuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the church you are affiliated with or Hospice of Lenawee.


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