Douglas Shaffer

Douglas D. “Doug” Shaffer, age 71, of Janesville died Thursday, December 23, 2021 at the Denver Sunset Home in Denver after a brave battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 15 at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to the family or Cedar Valley Hospice.

Doug was born August 9, 1950, the son of Donald and Lenora (Heinmiller) Shaffer in Sioux City. He graduated from Postville High School in 1969. He earned a BA in music and percussion from the University of Northern Iowa in 1973.

Doug was married to Julie Ball in August of 1974 and had two daughters, Trina (#1) and Kristi (#2). They were divorced in 1991.

Doug was united in marriage to Vera “Vee” McCormick February 15, 2003 in Lansing and gained daughter (#3) Lisa. Vee preceded him in death July 2, 2014.

Doug was very passionate about music and sharing his talents with everyone who would listen. Doug played organ for Greeley United Methodist Church in Greeley, NE, Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lansing, Linden United Methodist Church in Waterloo, Trinity United Methodist Church in Waverly, and retired in July 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls.

Doug played percussion, keyboard and sang vocals in a number of bands including Jim Adams and the Wagonmasters, The Wanderers, The Hearts, Country Deputies, and The New Buckaroos. He also directed Sweet Adeline Singers and played percussion with the Waterloo Municipal Band. Doug also enjoyed teaching in the Waverly-Shell Rock schools until his retirement, and traveling.

Doug is survived by his daughters, Trina (Jim) Springsteen of Cedar Rapids, Kristi Shaffer (Todd Ellis) of McGregor and Lisa Dixon (Derrek Sommerfelt) of Tripoli; his grandchildren, Ben Springsteen (Payton White) of Cedar Rapids and Katlyn (Ram) Ramanan of Columbus, NE; and two great-grandchildren, Kennith and Lillyan of Columbus, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vee; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Springsteen.