Richard (Dick) W. Shaffer Richard (Dick) W. Shaffer

Attorney Richard (Dick) W. Shaffer, 84, of Allentown, PA, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2018, at his home in Allentown surrounded by his loving family. Dick was born on April 11, 1933 in Pocono Lake, PA to the late Elmer and Edna (Wagner) Shaffer. He married Sally Ann Oberrender in 1957 and they celebrated 60 happy years of marriage.

Dick’s appreciation of history began at the age of 17 when he was appointed as a Congressional Page to the US House of Representatives. He graduated with honors from at Lehigh University as a Distinguished Air Force Second Lieutenant in 1955, earning a BA in History. After college, Dick served as a Captain in the US Air Force where he commanded a remote radar station north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

After serving in the military, Dick attended the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1961. Dick’s devotion to Virginia was evidenced by his chairing his class reunions for the past 55 years. After graduation, he moved to the Lehigh Valley with his family and began his long and distinguished legal career with the firm Butz, Hudders and Tallman. He served as the solicitor for South Whitehall Township, Allentown Housing Authority and Southern Lehigh School District. Dick concluded his law career practicing with his son Attorney Richard W. Shaffer, Jr. at Swartz and Associates.

Dick’s commitment to community service began at a young age when he served as the President of the Christian Youth Organization of the Pocono Mountains. He taught adult Sunday school and served as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown. He was one of the founders of Planned Parenthood of the Lehigh Valley and the Trident Swim Club. Dick served on the Muhlenberg Board of Associates and as President of the Lehigh County Historical Society.

Dick’s love of the outdoors began as a child. He hunted, trapped and fished with his beloved hunting dogs. He later hunted at the Easton Anglers Association, fished at the Tunkhanna Fishing Association and shot at the Weyhill Skeet Club. Dick also enjoyed taking early morning hikes wherever he was. He had great fun hiking the trails of the Colorado mountains, the gardens of Nevis or daily excursions along the Little Lehigh and biking on LBI.

Dick’s enthusiasm for travel, food and wine, lead him on adventures around the world with Sally. They loved nothing more than to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed visiting them at their homes in California, Colorado and Connecticut or vacationing with them in places like Nevis and Vermont. Dick especially enjoyed hosting all the children and grandchildren at their beach house on Long Beach Island.

Dick is survived by his wife Sally and their four children and 10 grandchildren; Jennifer (Shaffer) and Philip Maritz and children Cole, Olivia and Anna of Avon, CO; Susan (Shaffer) and Daniel Krebs, Esquire and children Clay and Peter of San Anselmo, CA.; Martha (Shaffer) Curtis and children Isobel and Jack of Fairfield, CT; and Richard W. Shaffer, Jr., Esquire and his wife Heather Shaffer and children Christian, John and Alexandra of Allentown, PA.

There will be a private burial ceremony.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Dick’s memory to the Lehigh County Historical Society, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, PA 18102.




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