Charles Schafer, age 84, of Liberty, died on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in his home, holding the hand of his bride. He was born on March 26, 1933 in Quincy, the son of August & Alma (Hoecker) Schafer. Charles was a graduate of Seymour High School and then the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Schools. Charles met his future bride, Marilyn Goerlich at a 4-H softball tournament in Champaign, IL. They were married on June 13, 1953 in St. Anthony Catholic Church. She survives. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1952 to 1956.
Mr. Schafer was a life-long farmer. He also was an electronic Technician for the Federal Aviation Administration for 32 years. He also worked for Tech Resources for 10 years and Lockheed Martin for 5 and ½ years.
Charles was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was a member of the Adams County Farm Bureau and was a 4-H leader for many years. Charles served on the Payson School Board. He was the Supervisor for Burton Township for many years. Charles loved music and could often be heard whistling to his favorite tunes. He was known as Mister Fix-It to his family. Charles loved his family and also leaves behind a beloved dog, "Buddy".
In addition to his wife, he is also survived by:
ELEVEN CHILDREN: Ronald (Joan) Schafer of Normal, IL: Mary Kay (Robert) Hicks of Quincy; Cheryl (Greg) Wittland of Quincy; Richard Schafer of Quincy; Jean (Bill) Oesterreich of Springfield, IL; David (Kim) Schafer of Quincy; Linda (Mark) Taylor of Mahomet, IL; Kevin (Mary) Schafer of Oklahoma; Karen (Mike) Harper of Quincy; John (Nancy) Schafer of Quincy; and James (JoAnn) Schafer of Liberty.
SEVENTEEN GRANDCHILDREN: Rachel Hicks and her fiancé Andrew Clinton; Michelle (Adam) Miller; Laura (Mike) Lucchetti; Craig Schafer; Conor Schafer; Mindy (Tim) Milner; Josh (Kelcy) Oesterreich; Aaron (Breane) Schafer; Brett (Kelsey) Schafer; Renn Schafer; Sierra Schafer; Brooklyn (Jeff) Finley; Brittny (Matt) Hanks; Breanna (Caleb) Creek; Halie Schafer; Allison Schafer; and Lauren Schafer.
GRAND-DAUGHTER IN LAW: Sarah Oesterreich
21 Great Grandchildren; 1 Step-Great-grandson, 2 sisters: Sylvia Schafer and Sharon (Dennis) Morrall,
An exchange student that became family: Frauke (Hartmut) Reuter
Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
Charles was preceded in death by: his parents, a son: Charles R. 'Chuck' Schafer, two grandchildren: Christopher Schafer and Will Oesterreich and a sister Marlene Ray.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:45 in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment at Calvary Cemetery with military rites conducted at the cemetery by the Air Force Honor Guard and the American Legion Post #37 Burial Detail. Visitation will be held on Monday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church, the Quincy Humane Society or to Blessing Foundation for Hospice.
- John, Nancy and Family - I am sorry for your loss - I wish you peace/
Richard and Fern Heitholt
- Dear James, Joan and Schafer family,
It is sad to think of the passing of your father and bulwark of an outstanding family. Dick treasures the memory of attinding Bluff Hall one room School with Charles and his sisters. It has been rewarding to renew contact with the family through James and Jo Ann.
We applaud the valuable contributions Charles made to community through his many leadership endeavors. We add our condolences to the family. May God’s Blessings send special comfort to you at this meaningful time.
- Sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. He was one of the "good guys" and enjoyed visiting with him. May he rest in the peace of the Lord.
- Marylyn John sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you all may Charlie Rest In Peace.Chapelle
- So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I truly enjoyed visiting with him while I worked at my grandma’s restaurant at the airport. He would always come down and visit with a smile on his face. He would always tease a little too...that was just Charlie. Many prayers to all of his family.
Erica (Uppinghouse) Denish