Richard "Dick" Shaffer of Butler, Pennsylvania died
October 12, 2016, with his wife and family at his
side. He was 97. Dick is survived by his wife, Sara
Jane Sprenkle Shaffer; three sons; James Richard
"Skip" Jr. (Lori) of Ft. Myers, FL, Peter H. (Janie)
and William R. (Stephanie) both of Butler, PA.
born March 13, 1919 in Butler to the late R. E.
Jessie M. Shaffer. A brother, William E. Shaffer
preceded him in death.
graduated from Butler Senior High School in 1937.
After attending Grove City College, Dick began
working with his father at Shaffer's Jewelry Store
on Main Street in Butler. He succeeded his father as
proprietor and owner, and remained active in the
jewelry business for 60 years.
his beloved wife, Sara were married in 1941 at the
Second Presbyterian Church in Butler. They
celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on
September 25, 2016.
Dick was a
golfer and an avid tennis player. He enjoyed
collecting antiques and had a special affection for
vintage clocks and watches. His love of woodworking
showed with the intricate pieces of furniture he
created. A member of the Butler Masonic Lodge 272,
Dick was honored in 2014 for 70 years of service,
and was an active member in the Christopher Gist
Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
As part of
the greatest generation, Dick did his part in World
War II. Physically unable to serve in the armed
forces, he volunteered to work at Pullman Standard,
manufacturing naval artillery shells during the war
commitments of his business, Dick was a devoted
husband, father and grandparent. He was happiest
spending time with his family.
to those listed above, Dick is survived by seven
grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
will be gathering later this month for a private
memorial. The family requests that any remembrances
be donated to the Visiting Nurses Association of