Richard Schafer, 91, formerly of Worcester passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Brittany Pointe Estates. He was the beloved husband of Margaret “Peg” (Rothrock) Schafer to whom he was married for over 66 years.
Born September 10, 1926, in Philadelphia he was the son of the late William and Julia (Smith), Schafer. He was a graduate of Norristown High Scholl class of 1944.
He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army as a tank driver and later with the U.S. Constabulary. For over 50 years he was a building contractor. He worked with a small crew of skilled craftsman building homes, barns and additions. He was also fortunate enough to pursue his passion of colonial restoration. Richard served on the Methacton School Authority until its disbandment in 2004. He was a president and member of the Montgomery County Antique Dealers Association and a member of the Berks County Antique Dealers Association. He also served on the Board of the Worcester Historical Society. Mr. Schafer was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Norristown where he was a trustee and faithful usher. After his semi-retirement, he volunteered many years at Calvary’s Monday Luncheon (W.E.L.C.O.M.E. Lunch), where they serve a meal the less fortunate in the West End of Norristown.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Mark Schafer and his wife, Cheri, of Martins Creek, Deborah Kavanaugh and her husband, Arthur, of Worcester, his grandchildren Kristin Gulliver and husband Chris of Melbourne Florida, Mellissa Reynolds and husband Wes of Port Orange Florida, Michael Richard Schafer Kavanaugh of Worcester, and Paige Kavanaugh of Worcester. He has four great-grandchildren Cooper, Madison, Riley, and Alexander.
He was predeceased by his sister Alice Louise Higgins.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 11 Am on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Skippack Pike at Cedars Rd. Skippack. The family will receive friends Monday, October 2, 2017, from 6-8PM at the funeral home and again on Tuesday from 10-11AM. Burial will take place at Wentz's U. C. C. Church cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Calvary Baptist Church, 801 W Marshall St, Norristown, PA 19401. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.rlwilliamsfuneralhome.com