Thomas Lee Shaffer, Sr. age 67, passed away Friday morning, October 25, 2013, at his home in Arrowhead Lake Estates near Edwards, Missouri.
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He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 7, 1946, the son of Robert and Mary Saulters Shaffer.
He grew up in the Salisbury and Moberly communities and attended school in Salisbury. After high school he was inducted into the United States Army but was soon transferred to the U.S. Navy serving in the Sea Bees stationed in Gulf Port, Mississippi.
In 1963 he was united in marriage to Sondra Sue Striegel, in Salisbury, Missouri. Unto this union one son, Jerry Lee Shaffer, was born.
He was later married to Elizabeth M. Smith and they made their home in Boonville, Missouri. Unto this union two sons were born, Thomas Lee Shaffer, Jr. and Dwayne Shaffer, who died at the age of eleven.
On August 15, 1997, he was united in marriage to Sharon R. Wassmann, in New Franklin, Missouri. They later moved to their home near Edwards, Missouri.
For most of his life, off and on for over 40 years, he drove a truck over-the-road delivering freight coast-to-coast throughout most of the United States. He owned and operated his own rig and worked for various freight companies over the years. He retired just two months ago due to his failing health.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Franklin, Missouri, two sons, Jerry Lee Shaffer, and his wife, Kim, of Boonville, Missouri, and Thomas Lee Shaffer, Jr. of Edwards, Missouri, and two step-children, Chris Goodrich, of Monroe City, Missouri, and Shari Hammond, and her husband, Donald, of Franklin, Missouri. He also, leaves four grandchildren, Spec. 4 David Shaffer, a soldier in the United States Army stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, Glenda Shaffer, of Warrensburg, Missouri, Tyler Goodrich, of New Franklin, Missouri, and Thomas Allen Shaffer, of Springfield, Missouri, one sister-in-law, Clara Hickam, also, of New Franklin, numerous cousins, other relatives and many friends.
According to his wishes Thomas Shaffer will be cremated. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Cremations arrangements are entrusted to Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, Missouri.
Reser Funeral Home
101 W. Main Street P.O. Box 910
Warsaw, MO 65355
Published in Boonville Daily News from Nov. 5 to Nov. 15, 2013