Richard W. Schaeffer Jr., 79, Lititz, Army vet, owned Dick’s Auto Body, Reamstown volunteer

By on January 28, 2015

Richard W. Schaeffer Jr., 79, of Lititz, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center.

His wife of 55 years, Helen L. (Friedly) Schaeffer, survives. Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Richard W. Sr. and Miriam N. (Lewis) Schaeffer.

Richard served in the Army from 1956 to 1959, including 18 months in Korea and three years inactive reserve. He volunteered with the Reamstown Fire Company in the late 1960s. His profession was as an auto body/paint technician. He owned Dick’s Auto Body Shop in Ephrata from 1979 to 1983. He retired from Simon Ladder Towers in 1996. He was a member of Son Light Bible Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: Dr. Richard W. Schaeffer III (JoAnn Nahm) and Daniel R. Schaeffer (Susan Allen); and two granddaughters: Rachel Schaeffer-Byler (Josh Byler) and Danielle Schaeffer.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. at Son Light Bible Church, 2503 Oregon Pike, Lancaster with Pastor Michael Nolt officiating. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603 or Hospice & Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

The Beck Funeral Home, New Holland is assisting the family. Online condolences may be posted at


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