Robert "RJ" James Shafley

February 20, 1991September 27, 2021

Robert James Shafley, known as “RJ” to his family, “Rob” to his many friends, and “Bug” to his mother, passed away on September 27, 2021. He was born on February 20, 1991 in Austin, Texas.

RJ spent his life battling his body, including a neonatal ICU at birth, heart surgery at age 2, kidney failure at age 13, a kidney transplant at age 16, transplant rejection at age 20, kidney dialysis 3 times a week, countless medical appointments, and procedures. RJ fought the good fight. Through it all he was a loving son, brother and uncle to his family, and a committed friend to everyone who was part of his life. He is now at peace with his mother, which brings comfort to those of us who remember him.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Rosalee Shafley.

Left to cherish RJ’s memory is his father, Robert R. Shafley; sisters, Jennifer Shafley (John Mark Anderson), Sarah (David) Houser; Caitlin (niece), Dewayne (nephew) and Matthew (nephew).

No funeral services are planned.

A celebration of RJ’s life will be held on October 23, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at his father’s home.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

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  • A Celebration of Life

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