Russell Shaff

Russell Shaff

Russell D. Shaff of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away Monday, October 22, 2012 in Kalamazoo. Russell was born September 27, 1931 in Kalamazoo the son of Daniel and Marian (Russell) Shaff. He graduated from Otsego High School in 1951. On June 5, 1954, in Kalamazoo, he married Jeanette Stephenson who survives. Russell had been a self-employed builder for 31 years. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Robin (Fred) Smith of Plainwell and Deborah (Troy) Smith of Glenmoore, PA; 5 grandchildren, Ericjohn (Michelle) Usselman, Lisa Usselman, Jessica Sciangola, Stephenie Sciangola and Courtney Smith; 1 great-granddaughter, Hanna Usselman. Russell and Jeanette enjoyed wintering in Winter Haven, Florida since 1992 and Russell enjoyed playing the accordion for the enjoyment of others.

Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center.

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  1. Chad & Rebecca Key says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Jeanette and family at this time of great sorrow. He was a great man, loving, caring and generous. Its hard to imagine a world without him. He will be greatly missed.

  2. June and Roger Kennedy says:

    Roger and I are so sorry to hear that Russell passed, such a loss for all of you. He was just a great person, we have enjoying sharing good times with you and him, and with the Rayman family. Please accept our condolences Jeanette and your family.

    June and Roger

  3. Ron and Bev Esterline says:

    Jeanette,Robin and Debbie,
    Ron and I are sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. He will be truly missed. May he be at peace now.
    Bev and Ron

  4. Terry & Jean Wolthuis says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May you know your in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Terry & Jean

  5. Nancy Veld says:

    So sorry to hear about Russell. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  6. Beverly and William Vanden Broek says:

    Jeannette and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Russell’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bev and Bill

  7. Kristen Gillen says:

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Russ. I always loved his joking around. He would say “Hey Kris, look at this” and then he would spit his teeth out at me and I would always scream! I also will always remember the Thrashers when Uncle Jr., Grandpa, Uncle Russ and Greatgramps would all jam together. Love you!

  8. Ellen Newton Carpenter says:

    My parents, Art and Corrine Newton, hired Russell Shaff to work on our house on G Avenue over the years. My parents knew him to be trustworthy, honest, hard working, and knew that the work would be good quality. I remember him being around the house when I was very young.

  9. Kathy Lauria says:

    Dear Shaff Family,

    On behalf of the GR Accordion Ensemble, we express our deepest sympathy on the loss of Russ. We fondly remember his pleasant smile, generous spirit and musical talents.
    May your treasured memories bring you comfort and peace.

    God Bless,
    The Grand Rapids Accordion Ensemble

  10. Jim and Phyllis (Rector) says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our heart and prayers go out to you.
    With Sympathy

  11. Stephenie Sciangola says:

    He was the most amazing man in this world. Always happy and never sad. Hard working and extremely talented! He will always be in my heart because he was my #1 Fan! He had just missed the birth of his second grand child but his spirit was right there with us. We named her Caileigh Jane Rogers. I love you Grandpa and I miss you everyday! My heart is with you!

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