Date of Death: December 31, 2020

Service Details

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, Michigan. A funeral will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Bob Anderson officiating. He will be laid to rest in Peek Cemetery following the service.

A video of the service is available here.

A private service for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 pm at Wesley Covenant Chapel – United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, Kansas 66224, www.COR.org/memorialsonline. Please join us online for the service.

Obituary Notice

Zachary Justin Shafer, 25, of Ault, Colorado, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, December 31, 2020 as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Zachary was born on May 10, 1995 to Justin and Heather (Harshberger) Shafer in Battle Creek, Michigan. He grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and graduated from Blue Valley West High School in 2013. He then went on to serve his country with dignity and honor in the United States Marine Corps. Zac was studying Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University.

He enjoyed being with family and friends and absolutely loved spending time in the great outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, and simply observing the trees and wildlife around him. He also loved baseball and watching the Kansas City Royals.

On December 19, 2015, Zac married Grace Anne Johnson, who shared his passion for nature. They began their adventures together while stationed in Hawaii. There, they enjoyed hiking and exploring the islands together. After serving his time in the military, Zac and Grace moved to Colorado so he could pursue his degree.

Zac was a loving husband, brother, and son, and his loss has left an unspeakable void in the hearts of many. He was a light in everyone’s lives with his warm smile, compassionate and gentle nature, and amazing hugs. He will be dearly missed by all.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife, his brother Jacob, his mother Heather, his grandparents Calvin & Ann Harshberger and Deborah Shafer, as well as his many other relatives, friends, and USMC “brothers.”

Additional Information

Donations are being accepted through GoFundMe for the Zac Shafer Memorial Fund.

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16 Comments

  1. Heather and family, We were so sorry to hear of this tragedy to your family. Although we didn’t know Zac, we pray for him and for your family. I am so sorry that we weren’t able to pay our respects but know you were in our minds and hearts that day.

  2. Even though I did not personally know Zac, I feel as if I knew him through one of my dearest, long-time friends, his mother-in-law, Penny Johnson. To Grace Anne, Heather, Jacob, and family, our deepest condolences. Our hearts break with yours. Sending up prayers. Love always, Sherry

  3. Dear Heather, Jacob, and Grace Anne,

    I can’t imagine the intensity of grief you are feeling as I agonize along with you.
    Zac was such an easy going, sweet soul, with confidence and dignity, had a calming personality, and maturity
    beyond his years. He was a respectful gentleman, and I was so proud to call him my son-in-law.
    Clearly he was brought up in a well-mannered home, which reflected in his loving behavior toward
    Grace Anne, brother Jacob, and you, Heather. I am literally blown away by the inner strength you two ladies are showing as you go through this unimaginable place in time. Bless you both, and together we will get through this.
    Love,

    Penny

  4. Heather and Family,
    We are so very sad for your tremendous loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ryan and Michelle Bradford

  5. Heather and Jacob,
    Our hearts are broken to hear of the loss of your son/brother! It is absolutely devastating! Please know that you have and will continue to be in our prayers and we love you both dearly!!!
    Jason, Jeannie, Justin, Jake and Jared Pattersons

  6. Dear Grace and all family, we’d like to express our sincere and deepest sympathies. We all send our love to you and family. Love your cousins Ginny and Denny Sterner and all your cousins in Maine.

  7. Heather , I haven’t any words , but know I’m thinking and praying for your heart and that of your family’s , just in the pictures and knowing you , I know he was well loved , ❤️

    • Heather, I don’t remember being this sad in a VERY long time. I do not have adequate words, thus, as I often do, I can only fall back to an all too familiar scripture for me: “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.”
      “Groaning” is the best I can say or do in this moment.
      Coach

      • Coach Ed, thank you so much for sharing this scripture with me. It is comforting to know that we are surrounded by so many people who care, and that the Holy Spirit is near. We have such fond memories of the time Zac spent playing baseball with the Legends. He loved being a part of that team!

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