Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Kris Allen Shaffer

Kris Allen Shaffer, age 55, of Shelby, died early Tuesday morning, July 25, 2023 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. Kris completed his life’s journey following a dignified and respectable battle with cancer.

Kris was born March 6, 1968 in Shelby to Richard A. “Dick” and Sharon A. (Harding) Shaffer. A 1986 graduate of Shelby High School, Kris then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served nearly four years for his country primarily being stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK. Following his honorable discharge, Kris began his career with Ashland Comfort Control where he worked his entire career and remained currently employed as their Operations Manager.

Kris truly was the modern-day version of the Good Samaritan. It was throughout his 30+ years of travel on State Route 96 between Ashland and Shelby where he never ceased to come across someone in need and he always came to their aid. The stories were numerous and often astonishing.  Beyond his numerous kind gestures, Kris never ceased to enjoy life whether that be owning and riding several Harley Davidson Motorcycles, cheering on the Cleveland Browns as a lifelong Browns fan, or camping- a hobby instilled in him as a child with his parents which he, in turn, shared with his family. He loved going to Lake Erie whether that be to visit the beach or to fish- a hobby which he did license in hand or not. And the lake was not the only body of water which he enjoyed visiting. It was water or beaches anywhere on their numerous family trips which brought him much happiness. All these hobbies, however, were done in the company of family and numerous friends, which he made easily. Kris loved spending time with others especially his family, Linder’s friends, work family, Tuesday night golf league buddies, or numerous friends in his garage at home where he spent countless hours tinkering- especially on anything with a motor.

Above all, in his own words, Kris told his wife, Kelly, “what truly gave me the greatest joy in life was watching my kids grow and in all of their sporting activities.” Kris is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kelly Renae (Howerton) Shaffer, whom he wed on July 18, 1992; children: Miranda Shaffer (fiancé, Michael Schuller) of Huron and Dylan (Alexandra) Shaffer of Columbus; parents: Dick and Sharon Shaffer of Shelby; sisters: Deb (Brad) Carpenter of Shelby, Diane (Dave) Ramey of Lexington, and Kim (Andy) Finnegan of Shelby; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Robert Dean and Sally Howerton of Shelby; in-laws: Robert (Lori) Howerton, Jr. of Green and Tracey Howerton of Union, KY; his faithful canine companion: Nala; and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, other relatives, and many friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 1-3 and 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 10:30 am with Rev. Dr. Edna Stahl officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to Shelby Whippet Athletic Boosters or Habitat for Humanity of Richland and Crawford Counties and left in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed on Kris’ obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,


To view Kris’ video tribute, click the provided link: Kris Allen Shaffer Tribute Video


Memories & Condolence

  1. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  2. Dorothy Bentley says:

    Kelly. I am so sorry to hear about your husband. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Jason and Tiffany McCoy says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss of Kris. Thoughts and prayers are with you Kelly and your family.

  4. Pat Keen says:

    Dear Family.

    Keeping you in prayer and my love and sympathy to each of you. What wonderful memories you have when reading Kris’ story. Cherish those times.

  5. Todd and Tammy Armintrout says:

    To the family of Chris, May God give you comfort and strength during this time! You all will be in our prayers and thoughts !
    God Bless You All!

  6. Linda Vanasdale Colwell says:

    Dick, Sharon and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Treasure all the happy memories.

  7. Sharon Crose says:

    Dear Kelly and family, so sorry to hear of Kris’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you in this most difficult time.

  8. Barbara Watkins says:

    Sally, Dean, Kelly-and all who loved Kris: Please know I will be thinking of you during this time of sorrow.

  9. Lorna Albert says:

    My prayers and thoughts to the family.

  10. Christopher gayheart says:

    The gayheart s are so sorry to hear about your loss about Kris. Are thoughts and prayers for you and the Shaffer family. God bless you. May God send you love and peace in your time of sorrow. Love the gayheart family.

  11. Sara Koppus says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I wish there were words to comfort you. I’m here for you however you need me to be. Life sure is unfair & this is just the worst. I’ll be thinking of you & your family.

  12. Christopher gayheart says:

    The gayhearts would like to express our condolences to the Kris Shaffer family and Shaffer’s. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God be with you in this time of of sorrow. May he give you peace and love. Love from the gayheart family.

  13. Barb Kaple says:

    Dick, Sharon and Shaffer family- so very sorry for your loss. I know Chris will be so very missed. Barb & Jan Kaple

  14. Bob & Viki Deruy says:

    With our deepest sympathy

  15. Edna Karnes says:

    Dear Kelly and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about you husband’s passing. I pray that you guys are comforted by many precious memories in the days to come. God Bless you. Edna

  16. Marilyn & Gene Hopkins says:

    Sending our sympathy to all the family.

  17. Jim Rogers says:

    I worked with Chris at Comfort Control. I always enjoyed being around Chris because he had an outstanding personality and an award-winning smile and laugh. I am very sad to hear of his passing and my heart goes out to his family. I will never forget you Chris.

  18. Clarence and Nancy Ousley says:

    Dear Dick and Sharon, So sorry to hear about Kris’s passing! I’m sure it is very hard to loss your son at such a young age! Praying for you both and the entire family. We will be thinking of you with love!!

  19. Judy Caporini says:

    Hugs and prayers to your family….. Depend on God’s comfort to heal the void…..
    Judy and Mike Caporini

  20. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Kris. Prayers for the entire family.

  21. Michael Graham says:

    My condolences to the Shaffer family. Kris loved his family and will be greatly missed! Sending prayers of comfort to his parents and family.

  22. Pam says:

    Dick and Sharon

    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time may God wrap his arms around your family in Jesus we pray .

  23. Jane Bunn says:

    Kris was a friend to all who knew him
    He was always ready with a joke, or one of his funny stories that he was great at telling! If Kris was there…you knew it was going to be a good time. He loved making people laugh, and that is a gift that I personally admire and appreciate.
    Scope out the best Heaven Bars, Kris…and I will join you for some beers when I get there. Fly high, my Friend.


  24. Lynn Wechter says:

    I just happened to be sitting uptown when I saw the funeral motorcade go by. I found out later it was for Kris. I am so sorry to hear this! I did not know he had cancer. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your children. Lynn

  25. Karen Melick Knapp says:

    Dick, so sorry about Kris! with living out of town, it takes a while for the chain to get my way. I was going to write on here sooner, but then life in my family got all crazy. Kris was always so sweet even in school!! He touched everyone’s heart that he ever knew!! He is missed by everyone.. <3 But as he did here.. he will go on doing his great works in heaven.. just as mom is <3

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