Richard A. Shaw

January 29, 1950January 2, 2013

Richard A. Shaw January 29, 1950 – January 2, 2013

Rick died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday. He was born in Lakewood, Ohio and moved to Omaha in 1962. A graduate of Benson High School, Rick earned a degree in Education from University of Nebraska-Omaha. He taught elementary grades in Ralston, and later taught at Elkhorn Middle School until his retirement in 2006. Rick continued his support of the school system as a bus driver and substitute teacher for Elkhorn until his death. His students will remember him as a great storyteller. Rick was an avid historian of cultures past and present, an automotive enthusiast, and lover of nature. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather who devoted himself to his family and will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents Wilbur and Eleanor Shaw. Rick is survived by his wife, Nancy; sister; Barbara (Gregg) Hiney; daughter, Teri (Tim) Bader; son, Jon (Angela) Shaw; grandchildren Shelby and Abbi Bader, and Ansel Shaw.

Memorial service to be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Countryside Community Church. Memorials can be sent to the Rocky Mountain Nature Association- Next Generation Fund in Estes Park, CO or online at


  • Memorial Service Monday, January 7, 2013

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Jessica Bowden

January 9, 2013

Mr. Rick Shaw,
You were a wonderful neighbor! I remember when I first met you when my family moved next door. You immediately picked up on my interest in your horses. From this interest, you allowed me to meet Sierra, who was only a few days old. From that point on, we spent many mornings training and riding the horses. I will forever remember being this first person Sierra almost bucked off. You appreciated the fact that I did not allow Sierra to buck me off. I also remember many conversations and the comfort of a grandfather that I felt from you. When I moved to college, you helped me out numerous times will all my college stuff. Even then, I appreciated everything you taught me and helped me and my family out with. When I came home to visit the family, I oftentimes visited you as well. You will forever be missed and I feel like I have lost another family member. Whenever I look at horses, I will remember all the times we had. Whenever I go to Colorado, I will remember your love for the state. Whenever I return home, I will forever remember the wonderful neighbor next door who was more than a neighbor and close friend. May you rest in peace.
Jessica Bowden

Greg Bowden

January 9, 2013

Nobody on this earth could be a better next-door country neighbor than you Rick. We can never repay you for the countless times you helped haul hay, fix cars, feed animals when we were gone, etc. etc. etc. Our little girl Julia will miss being your only trick-or-treater every Halloween, when each year you made her a special bag of goodies, knowing she would be the only one to stop by. Thank you Rick, for the 10 wonderful years as the best next-door neighbor we could ever hope for. We miss you terribly.

Mark Flott

January 8, 2013

Mr. Shaw,

I remember your tan jeep with ballon tires. You touched many with your skills of teaching and life. Always enjoyed stopping by Maywood to visit.

Nan Cunningham

January 7, 2013

All of Jon Shaw's students and colleagues at Fremont Middle School send their prayers to the Shaw family at this sad time. The tributes are a true and lasting testament to the power of a teacher. What a wonderful man your dad was, Jon. We are glad you are carrying on that tradition of teaching. I am sure that made him very proud.

Your Fremont Middle School Family

Adrienne McCormick

January 7, 2013

Adrienne McCormick

January 7, 2013

Uncle Rick taught me how to ride a horse. I will miss him so much.

Scarlett Wilson

January 7, 2013

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Shaw was a wonderful teacher, with immense humor, patience, and love of people. God Bless.

Anne Kunneman

January 7, 2013

I was so saddened to hear of Rick's passing. I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. You can tell by all the tributes that he was a truly wonderful man. Let me know if I can help with anything.

Hannah Johnson

January 7, 2013

I first met Mr. Shaw when I was in his history class in 7th grade between the years of 2004-2005. Yes, he was my history teacher but he did not just teach me about history. Richard A. Shaw is one of the teachers who has given me my passion for teaching. He understood what it meant to be an effective and fun teacher, always challenging us to think outside of the box. Mr. Shaw was still very present in my life after I left that 7th grade classroom. I continued to see him throughout my career at Elkhorn, seeing that he was the awesome bus driver he was! He was loved by all who boarded his yellow school bus. Then as I continued on to college, he was still there. My first year at The University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where I now study Music Education, I participated the Cornhusker Marching Band. As I sat down for my first game in the stands, I turn to my right to see the fans beside me, and there Mr. Shaw was. For every game he would go out of his to say hi and make small conversation to a student he had 6 years ago. After all of this one could call him a wonderful teacher but obviously an outstanding human being as well. He will be missed by so many, but what he has taught me will always caring on.

Lee and Jackie Baggett

January 7, 2013

Nancy, Jackie and I are holding you and the family in our prayerful thoughts. We hope from a far that the sadness and grief you feel now is lessened by the care and compassion of family and friends.