James D. “Jim” Shaffer

James D. “Jim” Shaffer

James D. “Jim” Shaffer, age 77, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, December 27, 2021. To celebrate his life, a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

He was born on March 2, 1944, in Dubuque, son of William and Edna (Maas) Shaffer. He attended school at St. Joseph’s Grade School, Washington Middle School, and Dubuque Senior High School. He was united in marriage to Rosalie Peterson on June 26, 1965, at St. Mary’s Church in Dubuque. They have been blessed with 56 years of marriage and 4 wonderful children. He worked as a warehouseman for Hodge Transit Warehouse and retired after 30 years of service. He enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, playing cards, tending to his garden and tinkering on projects in the garage. After retiring, he was able to enjoy and spend time with his family – his main priority. He had a unique way of making you feel like you were the only person in the room. He was a great listener; his smile was contagious and brought happiness to everyone around him. He left a lasting impression on those that knew him. He was an extremely generous, kindhearted man who selflessly gave his time to others. He was an exemplary role model, teaching others how to show unconditional love, just like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Those treasuring memories of him, and waiting to walk beside him again, include

his beloved wife,
Rosalie Shaffer, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Robert Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,
Christy (Gary) Belisle, Madison, WI,
and Amy (Mike) Becker, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Amber (Darrell), Jake, Jesse, Dennis, Evan, Claire, Alaina, Grace, Alexander and Emily;

his great-grandchildren,
Saria, Kairei, Mayson and Oakley;

a brother,
Harold (Sue) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Lynn (Vince) Jellison; his sisters, Alice Voels, Rita Pfab, Lorraine Dimitroff, Shirley Mihalakis and Mary Breitbach; and his brothers, Irvin, Donald, John “Jack”, Leonard, Richard “Dick”, William “Billy” and Clarence Shaffer.

His family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at MercyOne for all their kind, attentive, and professional care.

The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in his memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, Attn. James Shaffer Family.

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2 condolences for James D. “Jim” Shaffer
  1. Shelby Shaffer says:

    My condolences to you Rose and family. As someone wrote to us when Clarence past away, can you imagine that reunion. I hope it helps.

  2. Angie (Breitbach) Griffith says:

    So sorry to hear this. I have fond memories of Uncle Jimmy, his smile and his laugh. I agree with Shelby: that welcoming crew is pretty amazing at this point. Love and peace to you all.

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