Dennis "Rooster" Shaeffer






















Dennis “Rooster” Shaeffer passed away on April 18, 2019 in Shelbyville,TX. 

Dennis was a United States Coast Guard veteran, serving as a Tactical Law Enforcement Officer. He proudly served his community and his country doing supply, disaster, and rescue operations during hurricanes Florence and Harvey with the Cajun Navy Relief, Texas Native team, and BearPaw TacMed. 

He had pride in his family and his community, serving to honor both during his service in the Coast Guard as well as during his time working urban disaster response. He had a great sense of duty toward those he helped, and made it his personal mission to help as many people as possible in their time of need, no matter the cause, while serving with honor and integrity.
He was a proud family man whose family was always on his mind as he was helping others. His heart was always with his beautiful wife and children as he served. 

He was also a highly acclaimed bass player with John Cessac and the Texas Outlaws, and played because of his love of music. 

Dennis was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Hannah Shaeffer and Nestor and Maria Labrada, his uncle Fernando Labrada and his beloved dog Dallas.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linsey, his two children, Jacob and Landry, his father Dennis and mother Lucy, his brother Daniel and wife Geri, his in-laws, Peggy and Jasen Watlington and brother-in-law Gage Watlington, his dogs Moosie and Buddy, his best friends and band mates, John and Kaleb and many aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends as well as his friends he worked with in Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement, as well as disaster relief and activism.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, April 24th 2019 at 2pm at Watson and Sons Funeral Home, 1554 Tx-7 Center, TX 75935

Donations in honor of Dennis can be made to Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Somi Sek Village Base Camp, C/O Juan Mancias, 1250 Roemer Lane, Floresville, Texas 78114
Fair Winds and Following Seas to a beloved husband, father, and friend.
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