Richard Shafer


Date: Sat, September 30, 2017
Start time: 12:00 pm
Merle Hay Funeral Home
4400 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines
Arrangements By:
The Cremation Society of Iowa


Richard Shafer

Richard Marshall Shafer, age 67, passed away Saturday September 23, 2017 at Kavanagh house in Des Moines.

Richard was born to Maureen (Renee) and James Atwood on July 31, 1950 in Des Moines, and graduated from North High School in 1969.

Richard married Donna Wood and welcomed his first son Fred Shafer.  After this union dissolved, he married his best friend and life companion Dawn Stewart on February 26, 1977, and to this union he welcomed his second son Robert.

Richard worked for Pepsi Cola for more than 20 years before retiring to obtain a degree from Grand View University in 1995.  Attending college as an adult and being consistently named on the dean’s list were great accomplishments to him.

Richard is survived by Dawn Stewart; sons, Fred Shafer (Vicki) and Robert Shafer; stepmother, Betty Atwood; sister, Linda Porter of Phoenix, Arizona; two grandchildren, Justin and Julie Shafer; and many extended family members and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents James Atwood, Maureen (Renee) Shafer and stepfather Fred Shafer.

Memorial services will be held at Noon Saturday September 30, 2017 at Merle Hay Funeral home 4400 Merle Hay Rd. in Des Moines, Iowa.

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