Alan D Shafer MD

January 18, 1925February 4, 2018

Dr. Alan D. Shafer age 93, of Dayton passed away at 10:15 AM on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Brookdale at Oakwood. Dr. Shafer was born January 18, 1925, in Ansonia, Ohio to the late Ernest & Thelma (Beam) Shafer. In addition to his parents, Dr. Shafer was also preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Ernest Shafer; brothers, Paul, Ivan, Harry and David Ernest Shafer in infancy. Dr. Shafer is survived by his wife of 68 years, Martha J. (Kalter) Shafer whom he married December 26, 1949; children, Gayle & Lew Prine of Springfield, Alan D. Shafer Jr. of St. Paris, Peter & Kathy Shafer of Kettering and Tim & Lisa Shafer of Oakwood; grandchildren, Becky & Alex Sennet, Luke Shafer, Logan Shafer and Nick Shafer; great-grandchild, Dawson Sennet; step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; sister & brother-in-law, Patricia & Jacques O’Hara of Peebles; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dr. Shafer served in the U.S. Navy and Air Force during WWII. Dr. Shafer practiced Pediatric Surgery from 1957 to 1991 in the Dayton Area. He was instrumental in the establishment of The Dayton Children’s Medical Center. He served there at different times as Director of Surgery, Chief of Staff and the surgical suite is named in his honor. Dayton Children’s established an award which was renamed in 2013, the Alan D. Shafer M.D. Distinguished Service Award, to honor his significant support and contributions. Dr. Shafer was an avid member of the Christian Medical Society. He enjoyed living on the farm, music, fishing and staying at his cabin in Minnesota. The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday at Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Fairhaven Church 637 East Whipp Rd. Centerville, OH followed by a gathering of family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Shafer’s memory to Dayton Children’s Hospital, Attn: Foundation, One Children’s Plaza Dayton, OH 45404-1815.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 10, 2018

Alan D Shafer MD

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David Hitch

February 16, 2018

We remember Dr. Shafer with respect and fondness, as a collegue and friend.

February 14, 2018

Dr Shafer was blessed into our lives in 1957 when I was Born at
St Elizabeth Hospital under the care of Dr Chaplin and Dr Randell , I was born with my internal organs on the outside of my body, and wasn't expected to make it. But did, I meet Dr Shafer after that and had Beckwith -Weidemann Syndrome and if remember right was one of his first patience out of 9. He also operated on me up to when I was 25 years old..He was God's gift to my family and to me,he is one of the reasons I am here today.
God Bless you in Heaven ,
Julie (Raymond) Sharits

jim and jane weiss

February 12, 2018

When we arrived in Dayton in 1965 for our internship, we were accompanied by two young children, the youngest being six months old. He was born with the Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, a relatively recently recognized entity. As a Christian I was interested in the Christian Medical Society meeting. Prior to our first meeting we saw in the local paper a notice that a local pediatric surgeon was to present a paper in Chicago on seven cases of the B-W syndrome on whom he had performed a procedure that he reduce the size of the macroglossia that accompanied the syndrome. We met Dr. Shafer at the meeting and he immediately was interested in seeing another case. The rest is history. He did the tongue surgery that provided our boy with a functional tongue that has served him well all these years (53 years). In addition he performed several additional surgeries on our boy. At that time he was operating at the new Kettering Hospital until Children's was completed. We firmly believe our decision to come to Dayton was for this purpose, to meet Dr. Shafer and to be blessed by his medical ministry. To God be the glory great things He has done and continues to do.

Thank you family for sharing your amazing husband, father and more.

Romans 8:38-39

Joan Hayes

February 11, 2018

So sorry to hear of Dr Shaffer's passing. He was a fine physician and man. Knew his sister and brother in law Pat and Jack O'Hara well.

Gayle Prine

February 11, 2018

It was a wonderful tribute to my father, Dr. Alan Shafer yesterday, and I thank my brothers and sisters-in-law, niece Becky and her husband Alex, nephews, Luke, Logan and Nicholas for putting it all together(and Dawson, Becky & Alex's little boy for the accompaniment to the 21-gun salute)!!
It was so wonderful to see relatives I hadn't seen in so long, as well as so many old friends, and my mom was comforted by everyone's presence. We will all miss my father greatly, but know that since he believed that Jesus Christ had given him the gift of salvation, he is in Heaven!

Doris Aultman

February 10, 2018

Sorry to hear about Dr. Shafer. He was kind enough years ago to get me pictures of some of the Brandon family.
Doris Aultman (Greenville, Ohio)

Kathryn Kaiser

February 9, 2018

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Dr. Shafers family. I first met Dr. Shafer in November of 1981 when he performed life saving surgery on my 2# preemie daughter. She spent several months in Children's Medical Center enduring treatment for various complications as a result of her low birth weight & prematurity. He was in the NICU frequently & would stop by to check on Jessica...and me. He spent time with me & seemed as concerned about my welfare as my daughter's. His care & compassion were so me. I never forgot Dr. Shafer's kindness & thought of him often. Fast forward to 2016. We had to move my mother into an assisted living facility. After a few months we learned that Dr. & Mrs. Shafer were living there also. I got to meet briefly with him & his family at a holiday gathering for which I am so grateful. Rest In Peace Dr. Shafer. There is a special place in heaven for you.

Jonathan Shafer

February 9, 2018

I only had the privilege to visit with Alan and Martha a few times, but I remember them clearly. Dr. Shafer and Martha were so kind and had genuine heartfelt conversations with each person who I witnessed them speak with. I never got to meet my Grandfather, Paul Shafer, so meeting Great Uncle Allen was a very special memory, and a great honor. You represented the Lord well, and were faithful to pray for and encourage others. I will never forget the tour of the hospital that you gave to my sister Katherine as she prepared to be a surgeon. She is on call this weekend, but her heart is with your family!!!! I can pray for her better based on the time you spent with us to pray for her future ministry. Your service to the Lord lives on in the lives you have impacted. There are souls saved in Africa due in part to your prayers. We done to a faithful servant of the Lord. Much love and prayers! Jonathan Shafer, Great Nephew

Greg Tron

February 9, 2018

Al and family, sorry to hear of your loss.It was a pleasure to meet your father and will always have fond memories of him and his brother Ivan(Beam),my pastor. A well respected family. Sincerely wishing you well, Greg Tron

Ron and Helen Julian

February 9, 2018

We have fond memories of your husband and father. He was a great blessing to many people at Fairhaven and to all of the lives he touched at the Children's Hospital. And we were truly encouraged by his life of faithful service to the Lord. We loved him and all of you, and pray that God will be your Comfort and help at this time.