Donald W. Shaffer

Donald W. Shaffer, 91, of the Kensington in Fort Madison, formerly of Farmington, Iowa, passed away at 6:48 a.m. Sunday, August 20, 2023, at the Kensington.

He was born on April 8, 1932, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Floyd C. and Lillian (Engel) Shaffer. On June 30, 1963, he married Edith Breitenstein at the Farmington United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife: Edith; children: Mark (Lisa) Shaffer, Mike Shaffer, Scott (Julie) Shaffer, Cathy (Bernard) McCauley, David (Diana) Forsythe and Jim (Tina) Forsythe; several grandchildren and sister: Elaine King of Edmond, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Lois White, Virginia Shelton.

Donald was a United States Navy veteran having served in the South Pacific during the Korean War. He was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church and the Farmington American Legion Richardson – Anthony Post #231 where he had served as Commander and Chaplain. He enjoyed being a Boy Scout leader, hunting, fishing spending time at his pond and gazebo and he was especially fond of his dog “Cooper”.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 28, 2023, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Farmington.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, August 28, 2023, at Greenglade Cemetery in Farmington with full military rites presented by the Farmington American Legion.

A memorial has been established in his memory for the Farmington American Legion.

Schmitz Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at