Place of Entry: Lawrence, Kansas
Decorations and Citations:
American Campaign Medal
WWII Victory Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/ Bronze Stars
Good Conduct Medal
I “Bud” Shaffer, Jr, He was born Dec 21,
1922 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He attended Hutchinson
High School and Kansas University, where he was a
member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
March 5, 1946, he married June Lowrey. They have four
sons, Rick, Ron, Tim and John and eight grandchildren.
was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church
in Hutchinson, Ks. He received the Kansas Distinguished
Parks Commission Member award; served on the Hutchinson
Recreation Commission for 30 years; the Recreate for
Life Foundation; Shadduck Park Community Center, Elmdale
Community Center, Rice Park, Sand Hills State Park,
the Wellness Center, Keller Leisure Arts Center; he
earned the Silver Beaver Award after his leadership
in the Boy Scouts for 25 years; he received the “Take
Pride in America,”; “Bob Arntz”
award. This national award is the only non-professional
award given to volunteers. He also received the “Pioneer”
Bud originated and founded the Dillon
Nature Center and the Living Land Foundation.
He served on the Board of Hutchinson
Community College, the Cosmosphere and Space Center
Board; several Savings and Loan boards. He was treasurer
for the Reno County Democratic Party.
Bud loved sports. He was an avid tennis
player, golfer, runner, badminton player, and basketball
player. If you needed to know where Bud was, just
look for the bouncing ball sound.
He was chairman of the Kansas State
Park Authority and a member of the Cultural Exchange
in Russia on leisure time affairs. He served in the
Army Air Corps, on the NJCAA board, which brought
the National Junior College Basketball Finals Tournament
to Hutchinson; the American Legion, and an associate
member of the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church.
I “Bud” Shaffer, Jr. passed away
October 16, 2002 at his home in Fountain Hills,
AZ. He is survived by his wife and sons and
their families, two sisters, Martha Chabin and
Adela (Sissy) Bowden in addition to many nieces
and nephews. Services were held October 21,
2002 at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church.
son John is very interested in making contact
with anyone who served with his father. John
can be contacted at: