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“Dear Bob, Ron & Shaffer Family,Mike has been my best friend for 45 years. We shared thousands of memorable experiences from working together on many...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: John Van Wonterghem - Fullerton, CA

“Shaffer family,I am sorry for your loss. He was the best person I have known.I miss him everyday.Tomoko ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Tomoko Williams - Corona Del mar, CA

“Mike,Thank you for everything you have done for me in the last 34 years.You are my best friend, most trusted person, like my uncle, like my brother...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Tomoko Williams - Corona Del mar, CA

“My condolences to the family of Marlyn, we had a lot of good times at GHS. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: les tlustos - brookings, SD

“Dear Bob, Cherlyn & family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. We send our deepest sympathy and pray that Marlyn will rest in peace.Take...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Glenn Sealey - Colome, SD

“We want you to know that we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. Love you. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Ron & Kim Bertram - Salem, SD

“Very sorry for your loss ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Irene studenberg - Friend

Marlyn (Mike) LeRoy Shaffer

Marlyn LeRoy Shaffer was born January 31, 1936 to Vilas and Florence Winkler Shaffer in Deadwood, South Dakota

He met Peggy Greek to whom he was married for 60 years, at Gregory High School. He graduated from Gregory High School in 1954. Marlyn and Peggy were married on February 16, 1957 and honeymooned in California and settled there. To this union, two daughters were born. Marla was born October 28, 1958, and LaNae was born January 29, 1963.

He attended two years of college at South Dakota State University, where he studied Engineering.

Marlyn worked in the Graphics Arts Department at Hughes Aircraft Company in Fullerton, California for 32 years. After retirement, he enjoyed working at Precision Photography in Anaheim with Jerry and Tomoko Williams. He was an active member at St. Juliana's Church in Fullerton, where he attended daily mass. He enjoyed spending time with friends at the Yorba Linda Community Center. Marlyn was known for making friends wherever he went.

Farming was also a lifelong passion of his and he turned to the family farm in South Dakota every summer to help harvesting and haying.

Marlyn passed away on February 19, 2017 in Fullerton, California at the age of 81.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Fullerton, daughter Marla Shaffer-Revuelto and son-in-law Dennis of Kapolei, Hawaii, and daughter LaNae Guastaferro and son-in-law Mark of Poway, California; grandchildren Kiana, Haley and Kyle Guastaferro; sister Imogene Wittenhagen of Rapid City, South Dakota, Ron (Hija) Shaffer of Livermore, California; Robert (Cheryln) Shaffer of Gregory, South Dakota; half sister Cheryl Lawrence of Phoenix, Arizona; step brother Mike (Carol Beth) Winters of Dallas, South Dakota; numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends.

Marlyn was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law Tom Lawrence, and nephew Doug Wittenhagen.

We little knew that morning
God was to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
We love you and will miss you Dad.

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A Funeral Mass was held for Marlyn Shaffer, 81, of Fullerton, CA, on Monday, February 27, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory, SD, with Father Godfrey Muwanga as Celebrant.

Music was provided by Katie Opp, pianist and St. Joseph Choir. Cantor was Doris Jelinek. Songs were "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "The Summons," "Prayer of St Francis," "Song of Farewell," and "You Are Mine."

Altar Servers were Lauren Svatos, Sydney Svatos, and Jordon Svatos.

Lector was Dave Chocholousek.

Sandi Wittenhagen and Megan Wittenhagen were in charge of registration.

Casket Bearers were Patrick Shaffer, Kevin Myrmoe, Ethan Wittenhagen, Dick Shaffer, Dave Shoemaker, and Loren Reetz.

Interment was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Gregory, SD.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Juliana Falconieri Catholic Church in Fullerton, CA.