Richard E. Schafer

June 17, 1929 ‒ September 28, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Richard E. Schafer, age 90, of Mansfield passed away, Saturday, September 28, 2019, at his home.

He was born June 17, 1929 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Gerald S. and Mabel (Michael) Schafer and was graduated from Greenville High School in 1947.  During his high school years, Richard competed as a boxer, earning the coveted golden gloves.

On August 28, 1949 he married Martha Fernsler who preceded him in death on October 2, 2013.

Richard was proud to have worked his first year out of high school for the FBI.  Shortly after he took a position with United Telephone. Throughout the company’s many changes Richard remained a faithful employee for decades, working nearly every position from the field to the human resources office.

Residing in Mansfield since 1968, he was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, and SCORE.  He volunteered much of his time at the Renaissance Theatre and the MedCentral Hospital as a member of Mended Hearts and in the emergency room.  A sports fan, he was a referee for softball and volleyball in the Mansfield community for over 25 years.  A 32nd degree Mason, Richard was a member of the Mansfield Masonic Lodge.  Simply stated, Richard had a deep desire to help others in a purposeful way.

Richard enjoyed playing bridge with Martha, and their friends and family.  He was methodical and organized but will remembered for his authentic way of being playfully ornery.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Steven and Anne Schafer of Flemington, New Jersey, a daughter and son-in-law Judy and Dave Bogner of Mansfield; two grandchildren, Julie (Dan) McGurk of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mark Schafer of Boston, Massachusetts; and two great grandchildren Molly and Elliot McGurk.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a grandson Timothy Schafer, and a brother Henry Schafer.

Richard’s family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Wedgewood Estates and OhioHealth Hospice for their kindness and compassion in caring for Richard.

Friends may call Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 5-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Thursday at 10:30 am. The Rev. Jennifer Whitmore will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to Main Street United Methodist Church may be made at the funeral home.

Private expressions of sympathy may be made to the family


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  • Judy, Steve and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always so special to me when my Dad was ill and after he passed away. I have such wonderful memories from Washington Ave in Greenville that your Dad is an important part of including hooking up our special phones between Judy’s and my bedroom in the house next door, building snow forts, learning to box, learning to use a seat belt in the back seat long before they were standard but Dick had to make sure we were strapped in, fishing trips, learning the safe way to do everything (I still dry glasses the way he taught me to avoid getting cut if they broke), going to church, the time we followed the fire truck after church and it stopped at my house, and so much more. Hugs and prayers during this difficult time. You have been blessed to have him with you for so many years. Love, Deb.

  • Family of Dick. I have only known Dick a few years through our bridge group but I immediately loved him and enjoyed his humor. He was a beautiful man and he will be missed. I pray for the family that God may hold you in the palm of his hand. And give you peace.

  • To the Schaffer Family,
    Dick was a very well known face at MedCentral/OhioHealth. What a warm and engaging man!
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Dick.
    The Ron Nelson FAmily

  • Dear Schafer family – I was sad to read of Dick’s passing. Both Dick & Martha had an adventurous spirit and I loved planning their travel. They were always kind, always appreciative & Dick always made me laugh – They will be missed. With deepest sympathy- Terri Berger-Davis / Berger Travel Agency

  • To the family , I enjoyed Dick and Martha so much, what a loving couple. Sharing God’s word at Main Street or seeing them around at different restaurants always with smiles on their faces and love in their hearts. Sandy Milum

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Dick. I worked with Dick on many occasions related to company safety rodeos and company softball events in the 80’s. He was always thinking of the safety of United/Sprint employees, He attended 3 of the Sprint reunions over the last few years held in June. The latest he was 87. In my opinion Dick was an asset to the company. He was always a gentleman. RIP my friend.

  • Dear Steve. Judy and family,
    How luck you are to have had such great parents. When Jim and I bought the house next to you on Washington Ave. we only knew your parents as upper classmen in GHS. It was no time at all that we became friends, and as time and events went on, Martha and Dick become even more than friends. They were there when I needed them as I struggled with Jim’s illness and after his death, they were the rock that helped me more than I can express. We all moved on, but even tho” we were no longer neighbors, our friendship continued and grew. A trip to Hawaii, winter get-aways with Harless’s and Hanes, visits both in Mansfield and here in TN, Mother-Daughter week-ends in KY are among my favorite memories. I have been truly blessed to have had such wonderful friends as Martha and Dick.
    I will be with you in spirit as you say good-bye to “Dad.” Irene

  • Dear Steve and Judy and Family,

    Our sincere condolence are with you and your family during this time of loss. We always enjoyed seeing Dick’s quiet and gentle smile when ever we would enter the front doors of Wedgewood. May our good Lord uphold and comfort into the future days ahead. Blessings !

  • Dear Schafer Family,
    My wife & I extend our deepest sympathy to the Schafer Family.
    We first knew Dick as a fellow employee at the telephone company where we both worked for many years. He was always pleasant and professional. I recently was able to know Him better as I visited him at Wedgewood during my Hospice visits. We enjoyed eating cookies together , laughing and talking about the good ole days. He will surly be missed.

  • Thursday, 10/3/19

    Our condolences to your family. We met Dick and Martha when we moved into our condo because they called and asked us to play bridge. What wonderful people they were and are still missed by us here at The Crossings..

    Cindy Latham and Al Sackman