Richard A. Scheffler, 88, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2022 at his home in Jefferson surrounded by his loving family. Rich was born on December 29, 1933 in New York City the son of the late Alfred and Christine (Bauer) Scheffler. Rich grew up in the Clark area of New Jersey. Rich graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield, NJ in 1952.
After High School Rich, joined the US Navy where he served for four years during the Korean Conflict. While in the Navy he worked as an Aviation Ordnance Tech for an Anti-Submarine Squadron. Upon his honorable discharge Rich returned to New Jersey where he began a career as a proud and loyal brother of Plumbers Local #24. He found his peace and grace at Clinton Avenue Reformed Church in Bergenfield, NJ.
Rich was an avid weightlifter and was truly passionate for the sport. Rich enjoyed taking walks and being outdoors. Rich loved watching sports whether it was the Patriots, Red Sox, or Notre Dame if there was a game on TV Rich usually had his eye one it. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed the quiet it brought. Rich was very proud of his family and was very supportive in all that they did. He was a music lover whose tastes ran the gamut from Tommy to Carmen to Hank Williams, with some Bob Marley and Albert Collins on the side. He was an ardent supporter of Division I College Wrestling. Traveling to tournament finals was a highlight of each annual season.
Rich is survived by his loving wife of 36 years Michele (Montanti) Scheffler of Jefferson; sons Kurt Scheffler and daughter-in-law Lisa Kreutzberg of Asbury Park, NJ, Alfred Scheffler of Jefferson, ME , Erich Scheffler and his partner Toni Sarver of Jefferson, ME, and Richard Scheffler of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren Garret Scheffler and his fiancé Chelsea , Ben and Lauren Scheffler, and Ava Scheffler; sister Marilyn Scheffler of Clark, NJ; and mother-in-law Rose Montanti of Jefferson, ME; Many other extended family in New Jersey, and of course his best friend and companion, Juliet.
The family will honor Rich’s life privately.
You are invited to share your memories and condolences with the family by visiting their book of memories page at www.hallfuneralhomes.com Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home Waldoboro, Maine.