On July 10, 2018, Son Shine Ministries' co-founder Lew Shaffer went to be with the Lord.
Lew & Sandy Shaffer partnered with Ted & Barbara Platt in founding Son Shine Ministries in 1977. The Christian Home Seminar and other programs they authored took them throughout the United States and to dozens of countries.
Lew suffered a severe stroke at age 49 but persevered with the Lord's help and his wife's steadfast support and his ministry of loving well continued to touch hearts. We rejoice over his 80 years of life and celebrate his present reality of being with the Lord.
The family wants you to know of their deep appreciation of prayers and support over the years. They value your friendship.
The Shaffer family thanks you for your prayers and varied expressions of love and support during this important time in their lives. The visitation held on July 16th was an incredibly special time, as friends and family from all over the United States and Europe traveled to pay their respects to Lew Shaffer and his family. The local community also showed up en masse, which was a great blessing to the Shaffers.
The funeral, held on the morning of July 17th, was truly a celebration of life—the 80 years Lew had here on earth and his continued life in the presence of the Lord. The funeral, designed ahead of time by Lew and Sandy, included a wonderful video of Lew's highlights over the years about 25 minutes before the start of the actual service. Local pastor Glyn Murphy opened in prayer after the family entered. David Shaffer, Lew's middle son and director of Son Shine Ministries, officiated. John Webster performed a song he had written about Heaven, and he led the worship. The service included a heartfelt eulogy (read by David) and Scripture readings by Lew's ministry partner, Ted Platt, and his brother Glen Shaffer. Each of Lew and Sandy Shaffer's three children—Steve, David, and Tim—shared stories and experiences of their father, highlighting characteristics that were highly impactful. The large crowd joined in singing "Jesus Loves Me" and "There's Something About That Name." As the funeral service ended, and people passed by the casket, everyone received a special yellow letter from Lew. The pallbearers were Lew's grandchildren along with two other relatives and a Son Shine Ministries' friend. The honorary pallbearers were pastors and ministry leaders in attendance.
The burial was held at Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle immediately following the funeral. Lt. Col. (USAF, ret.) Lew Shaffer received full military honors by the Air Force Honor Guard out of Abilene, Texas. After a brief and encouraging service at the gravesite, a large crowd joined Sandy and the other family members at Ash Creek Baptist Church. Owners of Chicken Express in Springtown alongside their spouses and a team of volunteers who knew Lew well served a wonderful lunch.
The Shaffer family thanks First Baptist Church of Azle, Ash Creek Baptist Church, White's Funeral Home in Azle, and the Harts and their Chicken Express Team for making the Celebration of Lew Shaffer's Life extra special.