Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Thomas A. Schiffer

Thomas A. Schiffer, age 80, lifelong Shelby resident, died Friday morning, August 21, 2020 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Tom was born February 1, 1940 in Shelby to the late Thomas B. and Margaret M. (Wenninger) Schiffer. He was a 1958 graduate of Shelby High School and attended Bowling Green State University. For many years, Tom worked for his parents’ company, FC Schiffer Company. After it was sold, Tom became a salesman for Hackney Wholesale Company from where he retired. Tom thoroughly enjoyed sports, both spectating and participating. He loved to golf and bowl and was a great follower of the Cleveland Browns and Indians and all Shelby Whippet sports. Tom also was an avid supporter of he and his wife Sue’s nieces and nephews in the sports and various activities.

Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Sue (Rhodes) Schiffer, whom he wed on June 13, 1970. Also surviving are 2 brothers and sisters in law: E. Steven and Phyllis Rhodes of Ontario and Robert E. and Sue Rhodes of Fostoria; nieces and nephews: Deb Wiseman, James Welty, Doug (Kathy) Rhodes, Susan (Rob) Hogsette, Brian (Val) Rhodes, Karen (Keith) Walters, Stephanie (Kevan) Cannon, Stacy (Brian) Cobb; and numerous great and great great nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his sister and brother in law, Jayne and Francis Welty, and great nephew, Brandon Rhodes.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, August 24, 2020 from 4 to 7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 10:30 am. Pastor Rus Yoak, Pastor of First Lutheran Church in Shelby where Tom was a member, will officiate the services and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Shelby Foundation or First Lutheran Church and left in care of the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without linger.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Tom’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Pat Saltzgaber says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Tom. Praying for you.
    Pat Saltzgaber

  2. Sally Cline says:

    I’m so sorry, Sue. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Karen Harvey says:

    So sorry for your loss but know that he is now at peace. Prayers for you.

  4. Ann Imhoff says:

    Sue, So very sorry hear about Tom. My prayers are with you and your family

  5. diana wwilliams says:

    I am so sorry to hear Tom passed. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. JOE WECHTER says:

    Sue, thinking of you during this time of your loss.

  7. Dana & Jenny Pennell says:

    We are sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He had a wonderful sense of humor. I remember running in to you both in Yellowstone and Tom saying”who let you out.” Gods blessings on you as you move forward.

  8. sandy milum says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss.
    Sondra (Chick) Milum

  9. Sue & Bob Stover says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss Sue. He was quite a guy. He was very nice & a great sense of humor.

  10. Jerry Pittenger says:

    Sue, I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You had 50 wonderful years together.

  11. John Waldruff says:

    Sue, we are saddened to hear of your dear husband Tom’s passing.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers for comfort from our Lord.
    Hugs to you. John & JoAnn

  12. Ann Cooper says:

    Sue I am so sorry to hear about Tom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rely on the strength of God and He will help you through. Love you friend.

  13. Lorna and Todd Albert says:

    Sue, We are sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Todd and Lorna

  14. Lea Coll says:

    Sue, so sorry for you loss and pray the memories will carry you through. Hugs, Lea.

  15. Debbi Watkins says:


    I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Debbi Watkins

  16. Beth Fenner says:

    So sorry Sue of Toms’s passing. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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