Lester Thornton Shaffer, Jr.

May 26, 1969 - December 3, 2021

Lester Thornton Shaffer, Jr., 52, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 1986, formerly of Byron, IL, passed away Friday, December 3, 2021. He was born May 26, 1969, in McHenry, IL.  

He will be remembered for his love of his family and dog and his contagious smile.  He would do anything for anyone.  He was a hard-working, fun-loving, goofy, easy-going, family man.  He loved his concrete job, taking care of his yard, talking to neighbors, drag racing, motorcycles, and his friends.   He enjoyed sitting outside looking at the moon and stars. He was passionate about his family and will be missed dearly.  

He is survived by his beloved wife, Rhonda Russell of Cape Coral; loving daughter, Sophia Shaffer of Cape Coral; as well as six siblings, Tracy Valdes (Rafael) of Fort Myers, FL, Leslie Shaffer of IN, Robert Bode (Alice) of Barrington, IL, Clifford Bode of Elgin, IL, Steven Shaffer of Salem, WI, and Scott Shaffer (Connie) of Oshkosh, WI.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Shaffer Sr., Betty, and John Mihovilovich; as well as sister, Bonnie Panerali (Richard).

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Cape Coral. 

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. KATHERINE TAYLOR Dec 11, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Les you will always be missed, but you will never ever be forgotten ❤

  2. Jo Bill Dec 11, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    I never met Les, but I saw how important he was to you and how much he loved his family. My heart goes out to you.

  3. Ruth Ann Russell Dec 13, 2021 at 8:33 am

    The best times were spending my 50th birthday with you, Les and your Dad. This was long before Sophia was born.
    We chilled at your apartment and spent much time at the beach. Les invited us to Shoot pool at his home and introduced us to his friends. He was certainly a fun and courteous
    young man.
    We are so very sorry.

  4. Robert Blumenthal Dec 13, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    God Bless

  5. Christa Jones Dec 13, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Your Mom and Dad came to Michigan for Christmas. I think it was the first time I had ever met him. The day they arrived it was snowing so hard and the whole family met for dinner. It was so cold and he was so cold because he was used to warm weather. I really liked your Daddy. He was a very special man who left you far too soon. He loves you very much.

  6. Nicki Langdo Mar 31, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve known Lester since moving same time Florida He was a friend to my brothers an I we all had so much fun at the Yucatáns mudding. Hope he’s giving heaven hell on wheels with my brothers and sister may he rip forever in my heart may his daughters dance with grace for THIER daddys…

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