Richard Shaffer

Richard D. Shaffer

Wednesday, July 20th, 1932 - Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
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Richard D. "Dick" Shaffer, 87, of Elizabethtown formally of Middletown entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Frey Village Nursing Center, Middletown.
He was born July 20, 1932 in Middletown and was the loving son of the late Arthur Shaffer and Margaret (Baker) Curry.
Richard was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served during the Korean war earning a bronze star. He later enlisted in the Naval Reserves Seabees.
He spent his working career as an electrical lineman having worked at Olmsted Air Force Base, PP&L, Middletown Borough and retired from Penn State Capital Campus in Middletown.
He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and Moose Lodge. He also enjoyed golf and shooting pool but his greatest love was being with his family.
In addition to his parents Richard was proceeded in death by his wife, Lois Jean (Eppinger), sister, Margaret Keys.
Richard is survived by his son, Richard A. Shaffer (Kathy) of Elizabethtown; daughter, Cindy J. Moyer (Darrell) of Elizabethtown; brother, Donald A. Shaffer, Sr. (Betty); grandchildren, Brooke (Dave Walters), Rich (Kimberly), Kurt, Andy, Beth; great-grandchildren, Harper, Sylvia, Dylan, Edie, Stella; several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Middletown Cemetery, 675 N. Spring St. Middletown, PA. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Richard's name to Pennsylvania Wounded Worriers, Inc. 1117 County Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
The family has entrusted the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 260 E. Main St. Middletown, PA with the funeral arrangements.
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 10:00am
    Middletown Cemetery
    675 North Spring Street
    Middletown Twp, PA 17057
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 10:00am
    Middletown Cemetery
    675 N. Spring St.
    Middletown, PA 17057
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Audra Henderson

Posted at 03:54pm
Dick and I went to first grade together and we were friends ever since. We had a great "gang" of kids who spent many days together while growing up. We would get together in the winter to go sledding in the fields in back of my house, (which is now Hoffer Street), and sometimes my mother made hot chocolate for everyone afterwards. Other times our gang was either on Water Street at their house or Main Street at my house, where we played lots of games and had memorable times together. Dick, and his brother Don, were great athletes and all around good looking, popular guys. I'll miss Dick stopping by to see Herb and me!

Donna Eppinger

Posted at 03:42pm
Too many memories but the one special one is ..when I put my hand through the glass of our back door. How Uncle Dick rapped my bleeding hand without passing out....when all I remember is yelling for Dr. Ben Casey... I will miss you Uncle Dick. Prayers and hugs to all the family

Dale Sinniger

Posted at 09:41am
We would like to send our sincere condolences to Richard's family. Tick and Buck Sinniger

Tim Nelson

Posted at 07:57pm
I am tearing up writing this. I met Dick when he volunteered to help put in the electrical service in an old warehouse our church was remodeling. He put in that service, then came back every day for four months to pull miles of wire and finish the electrical. The day the project was done, Dick went home and had a serious stroke. The next morning at Hershey Med when I visited, he grabbed me and would not let me go (and this ex-marine had a grip!) until I had shared with him how he could know Jesus. Dick was a changed man. Though he had not been to church in 40 years, he seldom missed church after that. He treated me with amazing kindness, and endeared himself to my family. He was "Uncle Dick" to my kids and a very dear friend to me. When we moved back to MN in 2005, one of the hardest realities was not having Dick Shaffer in my world. I can hardly imagine for his children and grandchildren and extended family and friends the hole his homegoing has left. I have no doubt Dick is Home. I'm very much looking forward to that reunion. Tim Nelson and family, Rochester, MN


Posted at 12:22am
To a great Blue Raider, Dick was one of the best. Rest in peace. My sympathies to the family. Bill McGlynn

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