Dick Arthur Shaw, 83 of Overland Park, KS passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023.
Dick was born on May 31, 1939 to parents Frank Sr. and Ruth Shaw in Kansas City, Missouri. Dick was the youngest of three boys (Ted Shaw, and Frank Shaw Jr). After graduating from North Kansas City High School in 1958, Dick began working at Shaw Electric Company with his father, uncle and two brothers. During his 58 years with the company Dick oversaw the electrical design for many of the prominent buildings & companies across the Kansas City metropolitan landscape. To name a few, One Kansas City Place, Corporate Woods, Executive Hills North & South, Kroh Brothers Construction and numerous hospitals throughout the city. Dick also served on various boards during his tenure including NECA, and the Midwest Builders. Dick became President & Chairman of the Board of Shaw Electric in 1972 and the CEO in 2000 and saw the company grow to at one time over 300 employees. Dick “retired” in 2016 but enjoyed going to “the shop” often to visit and check on various projects. At his “retirement” in 2016, Dick was proud to know that two of his sons (Ned Shaw & Dustin Shaw) and his nephew (Bob Blake) & great nephew (Ryan Blake) were confidently leading the company into the next generation.
Dick met the love of his life, Virginia Lee Jefferson, on a blind date in 1959. The two were inseparable from that date on. After their first date, walking to Virginia’s doorstep, Dick said, “Stick with me and I’ll show you the town.” Dick & Virginia married on November 24, 1962 at Evangel Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. Dick & Virginia raised four “wonderful” boys Lee Weston, Jeff Arthur, Ned Roberts, (Kimberly), and Dustin Lane, (Kendra) in Stilwell, KS. Dick was so proud of each of his boys and would never miss a ball game or dinner, sometimes heading back into the office after the boys were asleep. Dick and Virginia have five wonderful grandchildren Adyson Wheeler, (23) (Boone), Averey Shaw, (21), Jack Shaw, (19), Grace Shaw (deceased) and Owen Shaw (17), who they cannot be more proud of. Being a grandfather was one of Dick’s greatest joys. Together the Shaw family enjoyed spending time together on family trips, sporting events, theatrical performances and most of all church.
Dick gave his life to the Lord in 1959. His godly example has influenced not only his family’s faith but countless individuals who have been led to the Lord because of Dick’s loving guidance. Generational blessings is an understatement. For 64 years he faithfully served the Lord in any capacity needed. Initially, Dick and Virginia attended Evangel Temple and loved their time serving with their wonderful friends and Pastors GW and Barbara Hardcastle. They attended Evangel Temple until they found their way to Antioch Family Worship Center (Antioch Church) in 1987. Pastors Dennis & Rhonda Slavens became quick friends with Dick & Virginia & have remained so to this day. Dick was ever the faithful servant until the very end serving as a church board member, Deacon, Elder and loyal congregation member until the end. In addition, Dick proudly sat on the Advisory Board & supported the Billy Graham Crusade, Kids N Missions, & was a staunch supporter of the Jesus film.
Dick is rejoicing in Heaven & preceded in death along with his parents, Frank L and Ruth Shaw, his brothers Frank L Shaw Jr and Ted Shaw, his granddaughter Grace Elizabeth Shaw, his mother-in-law Elizabeth Jefferson (Grandma Great) and his many friends.
Visitation for Dick A Shaw will be held at Antioch Church (5201 Antioch Rd. Overland Park, KS 66202) on Sunday, April 23 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm followed by a Celebration of Life at 5:30pm. Graveside burial services will be private. The service can be live-streamed at Antiochchurch.com/memorial
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grace Elizabeth Shaw Foundation via PayPal or to Antioch Church.
Dick’s greatest joy would be to know that each member in this service would know our Lord and Savior. We know his impact is far reaching and there are many in this room who’s life Dick has touched.