1927 - 2014
Robert Warren Schaefer, age 87, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014. Born in Millford on April 5, 1927, the son of Frank and Alice (Cunningham) Schaefer. Robert was a hardworking devoted family man with a generous heart and a wicked sense of humor. He began the family business, Schaefer Soft Water, engaging in a number of other successful business ventures along the way. From farmhand where he met his bride, to construction work, to the “fix it “ engineer at Kress Packing and the restoration of the Charles Marquardt residence, Robert was a man of many talents. In his later years, Robert was known for his fantastic holiday yard displays at his home in Watertown, the 4th of July Statue of Liberty, the partying elves on St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas holiday displays.
Robert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara (Klecker) Schaefer; their children, Steven (Jacquie) Schaefer Madison, Linda Schaefer Richmond, Calif., Kathy (Dennis) O’Malley Evanston, Ill., Thomas Schaefer, Madison, and Jerry (Sheila) Schaefer, Dousman; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Phillip (Pam) Schaefer, Oak Creek, and David (Shari) Schaefer, Reeseville; his parents; three brothers, Harold, Art and Francis Schaefer; and two sisters, Mary Krause and Harriet Cardoni.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday at noon at St Henry Catholic Church, 412 N. Fourth St., with Monsignor Daniel Ganshert celebrating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Family and friends may call on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the church. A lunch reception is planned. Online condolences may be left at svfuneralhome.com. Schmutzler- Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family.
Donations in Robert’s name are encouraged to St. Henry School Teacher’s Wish List Program or a charity of your choosing.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Zinzendorf assisted living for their loving care and outstanding assistance over the past months. Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service 500 Welsh Road Watertown.
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