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Richard Wagner Shaffer, Esquire

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Allentown

Attorney Richard (Dick) W. Shaffer, 84, of Allentown, died peacefully Jan. 15, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Sally Ann (Oberrender) Shaffer. They were married for 60 years. Born in Pocono Lake, he was a son of the late Elmer and Edna (Wagner) Shaffer.

His appreciation of history began at the age of 17 when he was appointed as a congressional page to the U.S. House of Representatives. He graduated with honors from Lehigh University as a Distinguished Air Force Second Lieutenant in 1955, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. After college he served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force where he commanded a remote radar station north of Fairbanks, Alaska. After serving in the military, he attended the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1961. His devotion to Virginia was evidenced by his chairing his class reunions for the past 55 years. After graduation, he moved to the Lehigh Valley 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. He concluded his law career practicing with his son Attorney Richard W. Shaffer Jr. at Swartz and Associates.

At a young age, 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. He served on the Muhlenberg Board of Associates and as President of the Lehigh County Historical Society.

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. He enjoyed hiking the trails of the Colorado mountains, the gardens of Nevis or daily excursions along the Little Lehigh and biking on LBI. His enthusiasm for travel, food and wine, led him on adventures around the world with his wife. He enjoyed hosting his family at their beach house on Long Beach Island.

He is survived by his wife; four children and 10 grandchildren; Jennifer and Philip Maritz and children Cole, Olivia and Anna, of Avon, Colo.; Susan and Daniel Krebs, Esq. and children Clay and Peter, of San Anselmo, Calif.; Martha Curtis and children Isobel and Jack, of Fairfield, Conn.; and Richard W. Jr., Esq. and his wife Heather and children Christian, John and Alexandra, of Allentown.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Lehigh County Historical Society, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, 18102.

Arrangements were made by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.