Richard L. "Dick" Shaiper

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March 30, 1934 - October 16, 2020
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Richard “Dick” Shaiper, 86, a native St. Louisan, passed from the loving company of his entire family into the welcoming arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 16th.  Known for his love of golf, he began his career at the age of 9 as a caddy at Algonquin C.C.  Later, after attending Washington University and serving two years in the Army, he returned to St. Louis and began his professional career.  He proudly worked as a P.G.A. Head Professional at Glen Echo C.C., Norwood Hills C.C., Whitmoor C.C., and the Missouri Bluffs G.C..  He served as the Executive Director of the Gateway Section of the P.G.A. from 2003 - 2006.  He felt that his greatest contribution was the creation of charity golf events through which he helped raise over $70,000,000 for local charities.  Though golf was both his enjoyment and livelihood, he was a man of many interests.

Dick introduced all of his children and many of his grandchildren to the love of hunting and fishing.  That love continues!  He learned to ski when he was 55 and spent memorable time with family and friends on the slopes of Colorado. He was also an avid baseball and hockey fan, a passion he passed on to the next two generations.  After his retirement, Dick and his wife, Gay, enjoyed spending winters in Florida where they golfed, played bridge and dominoes, and relaxed with frequent guests.  Dick also loved to travel and especially enjoyed European river cruises, summer trips to Montana, and the family’s annual trip to trout fish.

However, Dick’s first love was his family. He was the most loving husband, a proud and very understanding father, an ideal grandfather who  was both a mentor and encourager, and a man who played both Barbie and trucks with his great grandchildren.  He was never too busy to listen, to offer advice while smoking his cigar, or just share his seemingly endless repertoire of stories and jokes.

Dick was the epitome of a gentleman who treated everyone with respect and kindness.  Those whose lives were in some way touched by him will miss him.  Those of us who loved him so very much will keep him forever in our hearts.

Memorial contributions in Dick’s name may be made to the Golf Foundation of Missouri.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Ed Crawford October 20, 2020 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I will deeply miss my good friend and duck hunter.

  2. Tina Johnson October 20, 2020 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    candle 3The Johnsons will miss him dearly. He was such a fun loving guy! Prayers to all the family from our family.

  3. Jeff Smith October 20, 2020 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    candle 8I have so many fond memories with Dick. He individually changed the golf landscape in our region and that is not disputable. He was the consummate professional and genuine! He found the good in everybody! Having served the PGA for a decade, I must say, this loss is different, Dick was special and he created the blend of Golf Professional and Family Man that all envied. I miss my friend and always will. One distinct memory was a trip to a soft goods vendor in KC. Dick told stories….we listened. Nothing better and feel like it was yesterday. Never forget that he led the US Open, forget about the fact he was the first group off. Love you man, there will never be another!

  4. Mike Suhre October 21, 2020 at 8:09 am - Reply

    candle 3Mr Shaiper was a mentor to many of us PGA Professionals due to how he lived his life at the course, but more importantly how he lived off of the course. He will be missed but his memory will endlessly live in the hearts and minds of Gateway PGA Professionals.

  5. Brigette Ulmer-Loynd October 21, 2020 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I got to know Dick, threw his family. You could tell they were his whole life.
    And luckily, I got to get one of the best golf lesson I’ve ever had.
    Dick Shaiper, is a super hero and a Legend wrapped up as one!

  6. Barbara Blanchar October 21, 2020 at 10:47 am - Reply

    candle 3Dick Shaiper was an ambassador to the game of golf. He will be missed.

  7. Karen & Dick Adler October 21, 2020 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Gay – Our prayers are with you and your family. Dick was a super great guy and we will miss him. Karen And Dick Adler

    • John Sheridan October 22, 2020 at 10:19 am - Reply

      What a special person Mr. Dick Shaiper, I can’t tell you how many business transactions we did over the years but a true Golf professional. I will miss his phone calls of asking for a better price and a better deal. Gay our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and I can’t tell you how blessed I am to have had Dick Shaiper in my life

  8. Dennis Walters October 21, 2020 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    No better friend than Dick …. he truly helped me in my career and touched the lives of so many in the golf community he will be truly missed

  9. Mke Murphy October 21, 2020 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Dick was the best of the best.He will have a special place in heaven.He loved his wife, family,grandchildren.I truly enjoyed last 23 years being with him on Wed. golf.You will be missed.I will see you again .Thanks for the memories.

  10. Bill Burton October 21, 2020 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Dick Shaiper was so much fun to be around. His stories and life lessons were incredible, filled with equal parts laughter and education. He knew everyone in town and invited so many more into the game of golf. He is one of the most influential people in St. Louis golf history. What a gentleman. What an honor it was to know him. God bless the Shaiper family.

  11. Brett Moomey October 21, 2020 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    candle 8Dick was one of the guys when I was a bag boy at Bogey Hills and he would come play with The Dirty Dozen. I am honored to be part of the same fraternity as him with the PGA and my 7 years at Old Hickory I always enjoyed our conversations and work together on our outings. He will be missed by many people, but his impact on golf and the community will live forever. Rest in peace Pro!

  12. Brian Maine October 22, 2020 at 10:52 am - Reply

    candle 8The Gateway PGA has lost a great PGA professional and the community has lost a great philanthropist! I will always consider Dick a great friend, a great mentor and a great go to to get things done. He was a tireless servant and like the parable of the mustard seed, his reach goes so far beyond what anyone can imagine. One man can affect so many lives. The way he served and lead by example made so many of us that much better and prepared to serve our fellow persons. To the Shaiper family, please find comfort that he has a perfect body, possesses complete peace and joy with our Savior. We look forward to the great reunion when we will all have a seat at the great banquet. God Bless you!

    • Terry Grosch October 22, 2020 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      As a young head professional Dick and Joe Dodich were the two people that I was told to go to for advice, obviously because of the respect that their fellow professionals had for them. Dick always made time for me and for that I’m grateful. We will all miss Dick but heaven gained a wonderful person. I offer my condolences to Gay and all of his extended family and thank them for sharing him with us over the years.

  13. Steve Schmitt October 24, 2020 at 11:40 am - Reply

    What a best friend/ Of course had 100s of best friends! Great man/ great family! Will cherish times spent with Dick & family. Will always bring a smile when often thoughts of my friend come to mind! Will always LOVE ya’❤️🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽

  14. Daniel Brombolich October 27, 2020 at 2:50 am - Reply

    My condolences for your loss.
    – Dan –

  15. Sandy Van Camp October 28, 2020 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Dick was a ‘light’ in this world; he was accepting, loving, kind, generous and just plain cool! I will forever be honored to have known him and spent time with him and his family. I owe my love of hockey (especially the Blues) to him. So, thank you Dick Shaiper for making your little part of the world a better place. You will be greatly missed.
    Love you Gay, sending hugs to all the Shaiper family.

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