Daniel Del Shafer, 60, of Novinger, Missouri died unexpectedly on Sunday evening January 6, 2019 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. He was surrounded by love and family as he passed.
Daniel was born June 9, 1958, in Kirksville, MO to Donald and Maxine (Snyder) Shafer. His father was a Navy veteran who served in both WWII and Korea while stationed aboard the USS Antietam. His parents resided most of their marriage on the family homestead where he and four brothers were raised.
Daniel spent his youth growing up on the family farm that was part of the Shafer-Vanlaningham Homestead on highway K outside Novinger. He enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and was an avid outdoorsman. Daniel was proud of his family’s long history in the community and often shared stories of his parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. He attended school in Novinger, MO and graduated from High School at Novinger R-1 in 1976. Upon graduation, Daniel immediately joined the military and served in the Army from 1976 to 1981. After attending basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood, he served as a construction machine operator, spent 3 years overseas in Germany, and received commendations as a Sharpshooter with a rifle and hand grenade. He also received a Good Conduct Medal during that time. Daniel was honorably discharged in 1981 where he ended his military career at Fort Hood in Texas. He then spent most of the next 30 plus years as a truck driver and had the opportunity to visit all of the continental U.S. in his travels.
In recent years, Daniel enjoyed doing online college courses and earned an associate degree in Business. He spent much of that time with his beloved dog Scooter who accompanied him almost everywhere.
Daniel Shafer’s name can be found on the Veteran’s Memorial Wall located at Rotary Park in Kirksville and serves as a tribute to his service to his country. He was also a proud member of the Masons Lodge #273 in St. Clair county and a lifetime member of the NRA. He was an avid gun enthusiast and collector. He enjoyed building guns, reloading his own ammo, and collecting gun books and manuals. He was also very proud of owning his own semi-truck and drove it as a feed hauler up until the time of his death.
When not working, he spent most of his time with his children and grandchildren. He strived to teach them the values of hard work and independence and frequently shared words of love and encouragement. Daniel was loved for his thoughtfulness, generous nature, and enduring sense of humor.
Daniel Shafer is survived by four brothers-Daryl Shafer of Kirksville, Daran Shafer and wife Marsha of Ft. Madison, DeVan Shafer and wife Brenda of Smithton, and Donovan Shafer and wife Teressa of Green Castle; one son, Brandon Shafer who resides in California and two daughters, Kristin Borders and husband Doug, Lura Scott and significant other Jack Thompson, all of Kirksville.
He was also survived by his grandchildren-Brandon Borders; Jenna Thompson and Bella Green; Jackson, Jacob, Dorian, Thomas, and Adam Shafer; and Henry and Kevin Alvarez.
Many nieces and nephews survive him as well.
Daniel was proceeded in death by his parents and one nephew, Jacob Shafer.
Daniel Shafer chose to be cremated and asked to have his ashes spread on the family farm. The family is planning a memorial service and will announce details at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or cards, feel free to make a donation to a charity of your choice.